Match Preview: Bury Town vs Mildenhall Town
Date: Saturday 20th October 2018
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Admission Prices: Adults £9, Concessions £5, Under 16's £2, Under 10's Free
Background:Bury Town welcome local rivals Mildenhall Town to the Denny Bros Stadium on Saturday afternoon looking to keep their unbeaten home record intact in the Bostik North Division. The Blues have had two away games since their last home action, and despite two decent performances, there has been a return of just 1 point from the trips to Basildon and Heybridge.
The Blues sit 1 point ahead of visitors Mildenhall, who after a slow start to the season, picked up wins against Dereham Town and Soham Town Rangers has helped lift them up to 11th in the early Bostik North table. As well as being a local derby, there will be an extra added edge to this game as some players come up against their former clubs. Jake Kerins and Jake Chambers Shaw both made the switch to the Denny Bros Stadium in the summer, while David Cooper moved back in the opposite direction to Recreation Way after one season with the Blues.
Last season the honours went the way of the Blues who picked up 4 points from the two encounters between the sides. The two sides met in December 2017 in the first ever Isthmian League match, and despite a highly anticipated game, a drab 0-0 draw was witnessed by the 253 supporters. Mildenhall’s best chance of the game came when Nick Ingram had his shot cleared off the line by David Cooper. The Blues best chance of the game came on 87 minutes with some quality build up play leading to Ollie Hughes with just the ‘keeper to beat but Marsden made a superb one handed save to keep the score level.
The return match in Bury St Edmunds ended in controversial circumstances. Cemal Ramadan gave Blues the lead in the first half, before Tom Debenham drew Mildenhall level after the break. In a game when tensions were always high and boiled over from time to time, Bury scored a controversial winner when Ollie Hughes’ effort was clawed back out over the line, and despite protests from Mildenhall, the assistant referee had seen the ball cross the line and the goal was awarded and Bury collected the three points in competitive game on a difficult pitch. The game was watched by a good crowd of 337 on a very cold and wet February afternoon.
The Blues have a good recent record against Mildenhall, with just 1 defeat in the past 7 competitive games between the sides. Some late team news means that there will be no return to Ram Meadow of John Sands who won the Ryman Premier Division Golden Boot in his time with us, his departure from Mildenhall was announced late on Thursday evening.
Injury News: Bury Town have captain Ollie Fenn suspended for 3 games after receiving a red card at Heybridge Swifts.
Last time out: 10/2/2018: Bury Town 2 Mildenhall Town 1 - Att 337
Stadium Directions: Leave the A14 Junction 43, signposted to central Bury St Edmunds. Once clear of the exit roundabout, follow the signs to Town Centre. Take the first exit at the next roundabout (after 300 yards) into Northgate Street. At the second set of traffic lights (T - Junction), turn left into Mustow Street and first left into Cotton Lane, past the Hawkes garage and the Drive Car Showroom. Carry on down to the bottom of Cotton Lane and turn right in the council car park. The Denny Bros Stadium is at the far end of the car park, situated on the left hand.