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Williams Looking To Maintain Fortress CG Against Bury

16 September 2016

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Town Head Coach Luke Williams knows Bury will be a tough nut to crack but is confident his side can keep their impressive home form going this weekend. 

Stretching back to the end of last season, the Robins have racked up five straight victories in the league and have only conceded one goal during that spell, which came in the 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy success over a Chelsea Development side in midweek.

Town will also be looking to bounce back on the domestic front following last weekend’s loss to local rivals Oxford United, but they will come up against a Bury side who are sitting pretty in seventh place.

The Shakers will arrive at SN1 tomorrow (3pm Kick-Off) in high spirits having carved out a four game unbeaten run in all competitions.

However, Williams has backed his charges to muster up the response he is looking for and ensure that The County Ground remains a fortress.

“It is very pleasing and one of the key factors is to have good, solid home form,” he told

“If we can try and pick up as many points as possible away from home then we can expect a good season and a good chance of being in the play-offs at least, so it’s very important to be comfortable at home and to make it a difficult place for opponents to come and play.

“Bury are a team that is physically strong and full of experience, so it will be a test that we possibly haven’t quite come up against yet.

“Gillingham are a strong and experienced side so it might be something in a similar sort of vein to that, but it is something we’ve not quite come up against.

“The boys are going to have to compete and they are going to have to be able to win their individual battles as best as they can and then, of course, try to dominate the ball.”

Williams was impressed with the atmosphere inside The County Ground on Tuesday evening and has now challenged his players to put on a show for the Town faithful tomorrow afternoon.

“I was delighted to see how many people came out to see us play Chelsea and it made it a good atmosphere on the night,” he added.

“I expect a lot of people here at the weekend, as always, because our following is tremendous so I expect that again and I expect myself and my players to respect those fans and, at the bare minimum, show them extremely hard work and a willingness to put your body on the line for the shirt.

“I’ve got no doubt that they will come and see that and I hope on top of that they get to see a team in control of the football, a team that are trying to create chances to score and a team who are very difficult to score against.

“I expect all of those things at the weekend.”

Goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux and defender Lloyd Jones are suspended for the game against Bury and given that a number of players produced solid performances in midweek, Williams knows he has got a few tough decisions to make when it comes to team selection.

“You need to take into consideration everything. If people are working hard in training and look very good then that’s something you need to take into consideration,” he stated.

“We’ve then of course got players at the club that we know a lot more about than others because they’ve been here longer, but tough decisions have got to be made.

“We’ll be in good shape come 3pm tomorrow.”

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