DOMINIC Telford insists the Bury players will ‘give everything’ in their bid to clinch automatic promotion from League Two.

Players and staff were on strike last week over unpaid wages and Saturday’s home game with Colchester only went ahead after an agreement was reached with the club.

Telford was recalled to the Shakers’ starting line-up after a run of three straight defeats and the forward scored both goals in a 2-0 victory.

“Everyone came in on the day with a smile on their face,” said Telford. “We all love playing football, everyone was up for it and gave it everything.

“It was back to basics for us. We wanted to get back on track and play with a smile and I’m sure everyone out there enjoyed themselves.

“The lads dug deep and it was a fantastic shift from everyone.

“I had a sticky first half so I had to pull something out of the bag in the second.

“We said that if we got the first goal we’d get the momentum. We’ve just got to take that into the game now.

“The three points are massive for us. To get back to where we were and finish [the season] strongly, that’s what we want.

“We’ve not done anything yet, the lads know that, but we’re on the right track. It was a massive win for us.”

Saturday’s victory sent Bury back into second place with four games left, beginning with a visit to mid-table Newport tomorrow.

The Shakers then host Northampton on Easter Monday and if results go their way, Bury could clinch an immediate return to League One over the Easter weekend.

“They’re massive games, we’re all focusing on them,” said Telford. “The Colchester game got brushed aside on Monday and we started working for the next one.

“Everyone in there wants

nothing more than for us to get what we want – and what we deserve – and we’ll be doing everything in our power to make sure that happens.”