Lowestoft Town must bounce back in derby clash

Lowestoft Town joint-manager Ady Gallagher is wary of the threat posed by Bury Town ahead of tonight's Ryman League Premier Division showdown at Ram Meadow.

The Blues missed out on the chance to close the gap on leaders Whitehawk at the weekend when they crashed to a surprise home defeat to bottom side Carshalton Athletic.

Lowestoft's sense of frustration wasn't helped by the news Whitehawk had dropped points at home to Bury – who will now turn their attention to scuppering their Suffolk rivals' title hopes.

Gallagher said: 'Bury have beaten and drawn with Wealdstone and drawn with Whitehawk since we beat them (on Bank Holiday Monday), so they are clearly a very good side and it is a local derby which makes it even more important.

'Obviously it's a tough game to go away to Bury at this stage, but that's the position we are in and if you had told us that with six games left we would be in a position to potentially win the league, clearly we would have been happy with that.'

The Blues picked up no fresh injuries on Saturday and hope to have Joe Francis, Scott Mitchell and Sam Gaughran available for selection soon. Gallagher added: 'There is some tiredness, but you have to crack on with it. We've still got so much to play for and our season is in our hands.'

Lowestoft will be hoping to repeat the 1-0 win against Bury earlier this month when Chris Henderson returned to haunt his former club once again with a second half header.

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Henderson is likely to be in for a hot reception from the Ram Meadow faithful along with Lee Smith, who also swapped Meadows last summer.

Bury will be sick of the sight of Henderson in particular having netted against them twice in the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup at the end of last season. The two sides are set to face each other again at Portman Road at the end of the season.

Bury still harbour ambitions of sneaking fifth spot and the last play-off spot, where they could theoretically face the Trawlerboys again – as they did in 2011.