Bury hope to inflict more misery on bottom club London Irish Wild Geese
PUBLISHED: 09:34 15 December 2018
Bury St Edmunds head coach, Nick Wakley, wants his side to show more of an attacking threat at National League Two South basement dwellers London Irish Wild Geese this afternoon (3pm).
Wakley has enjoyed a satisfactory start to life as Bury’s new coach, following the departure of Jon Curry at the start of November.
The Wolkpack won at previous bottom club Birmingham & Solihull 33-17 a fortnight ago, and pushed second-placed Canterbury all the way during last weekend’s 14-20 home defeat.
“It will be a similar game to our last away match, facing a wounded animal in London Irish,” explained Wakley.
“London Irish have had a number of bad results and it’s important for us to keep building on our last four games, in which we have taken points from every game.
“It would be nice to able to stick the knife into them, with a more attacking performance against a side who are very low on confidence. They are fighting for their lives.
“I said before our previous away match that they (Birmingham & Solihull) were in a false position, and that they will cause sides lots of problems over the coming weeks, so that was a good win.
“Last weekend (against Canterbury) was a big defensive display. There were some huge positives to take for us. Some of the individual tackling stats were superb, against a very established side. We managed to nullify their attack, and they won it by living off a couple of our mistakes.
“We are a work in progress, and hopefully we will enjoy more of the ball this weekend.
“We are proving a very hard team to beat. We have added that defensive element to our game, but I am an attack-minded coach so I will want us to build on our rock-solid defence,” added Wakley.
The Wolfpack will be without their skipper, Ollie Watson, due to injury, although No. 8 Tui Uru returns after suspension. There is also a call-up for young wing, Jacob Bodkin.
Wakley said: “Ollie (Watson) is a very infulential player for us, and he has still been about the club this week, while Tui is back, so it’s one-in-and-one-out. Alex Grey will come in. He’s champing at the bit and this is his oppourtnity.
“Jacob Bodkin comes in after scoring two tries last weekend for the Wolfounds. Nobody can rest on their laurels.”
BURY: Robinson, Francombe, Hill, Browne, Scholes, Grey, Brown, Uru. Limlei, Ritchie, Bodkin, Leng, Kohler, Wiltshire, Catuogno. Replacements: Bixby, Torpey, Coutts, Johnson, Affleck.