Bury St Edmunds ‘are in a false position,’ insists head coach Ollie Smith

Chris Lord, in action during Bury St Edmunds' recent win over Old Redcliffians. Lord scored one of B

Chris Lord, in action during Bury St Edmunds' recent win over Old Redcliffians. Lord scored one of Bury's seven tries in last Saturday's victory over Wimbledon. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Bury St Edmunds are flying high in fifth position, in National League Two South, but head coach Ollie Smith has warned his side that they are “in a false position.”

The Wolfpack powered to their fourth victory on the spin, beating Wimbledon 48-23 at The Haberden on Saturday, in the process scoring seven tries for the second week running.

It has certainly been an impressive run, following a heavy opening day home defeat (17-50) at the hands of newly-promoted Tonbridge Juddians.

But Smith is not getting carried away, far from it.

“If you were to ask me – ‘are we in a false position?’ – then I would say ‘yes, 100%’. I think we are in a false position,” admitted Smith.


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“All the four teams we have beaten are currently in the bottom six, while the team that beat us and put 50 points on us, Tonbridge Juddians, are only in mid-table (seventh).

“Logically, then, Tonbridge should be above us in the table, but it just so happens that we haven’t played any of the stronger sides yet.

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“Of course we can only beat what is in front of us, and we have been doing that, but we have to keep our feet firmly on the ground.

“Saturday was another good win. I don’t think Wimbledon are a bad side. They lost some key players to injuries early doors, and I think they deserved something from the game, perhaps a fourth try bonus point.

“They fought to the end, but it was another win for us, so it’s all smiles at the moment. It was another good confidence booster,” added Smith.

Dwayne Corcoran scored four tries from his wing position against Wimbledon, with fellow three-quarters Liam McBride, Chris Lord and Will Affleck also crossing the line for tries.

Of the four teams that Bury have beaten, over the last four weeks, newly-promoted Broadstreet (20-16 away win) are currently third-from-bottom, Old Redcliffians (28-20 home win) are bottom, Barnstaple (39-24 away success) are 11th and Wimbledon are second-from-bottom.

However, a truer test of Bury’s potential will come over the next fortnight, with a long trip to Redruth this Saturday followed by a home match against unbeaten Taunton.

“Those two matches will show where are at,” explained Smith.

“We’ve still got to do a lot better. Some of the stuff is still not good enough.”

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