Liam Wales has revealed the AFC Sudbury ex-Bury contingent are ready to show up their former club when the two west Suffolk rivals lock horns in Saturday’s eagerly-anticpated derby (3pm).
The battle lines have been drawn ahead of the joint first versus eighth place Ryman League Division One North battle which will see the sides at opposing ends of the A134 go head-to-head in the league for the first time since 2010.
To add further spice to the occasion, set to be watched by a bumper crowd at The Wardale Williams Stadium, Wales is one of a quartet of ex-Bury Town players looking to put in an extra special performance against his former employers, along with Marcus Garnham, Craig Parker and Joe Maybanks, with another ex-Blue, Ross Bailey (ankle) is set to miss the clash.
“Saturday is the big one we are looking for,” said 20-year-old Wales, after coming through the reserves’ derby win over near neighbours Cornard United (see pages 54-55) .
“Everyone is fired up for it and as soon as we got the last game out of the way everyone was straight on it and talking about it.
“We all want to get a good result against them.
“Obviously Bury haven’t been playing in this league for a while. And from a personal note I was there for a while and didn’t get as many chances as I wanted so I would like to show what I’ve got against them.
The sides are in contrasting form, with AFC on a club record run of seven straight league wins, while Bury have only won three times in that period, losing three.
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