Bury St Edmunds need to improve at the set piece to give themselves a chance

Matt Edison, in action during Bury St Edmunds' home match against Redruth last season. Edison will p

Matt Edison, in action during Bury St Edmunds' home match against Redruth last season. Edison will play in the second row today. Bury lost twice to Redruth last season, and were beaten 12-9 in Cornwall last October. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM - Credit: Archant

Bury St Edmunds will have to dramatically improve on last weekend’s disappointing display at lowly Wimbledon, especially in the set piece, if they are to beat fifth-placed Redruth at The Haberden this afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

The Wolfpack slumped to a 32-12 defeat at Wimbledon last Saturday, a result which lifted the South London club off the National League Two South basement.

But at least they have home advantage today, against a Redruth side who beat Taunton 38-22 in their last match to move five points clear of seventh-placed Bury in the table.

Bury have won five of their last six home fixtures, and so will be confident of putting last weekend’s away flop to bed, in front of their own supporters.

“We have been decent at home this season, which you need if you want to have any success in this league,” explained Ollie Smith, Bury’s head coach.

“Of course last week was disappointing, to say the least. We struggled in the set piece, and when that happens you will always struggle to win a game of rugby.

“We were in the lead at half-time, without looking over-comfortable, but a very poor second half cost us.

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“Wimbledon scored early in the second half and we had no foundation from set pieces, which saw us keep being pegged back into our own 22. It put pressure on all the other facets of our game.

“We have worked hard on our set piece this week, and we will be confident playing on our own patch, although Redruth will be a very tough ask.

“In our last three matches we have only beaten one of the bottom three teams, which doesn’t bode well, but when our set piece works, we can be a very good team.

“I will also be making one or two changes,” added Smith.

Centre Dwayne Corcoran will not feature, after injuring his leg during the first half of last week’s defeat at Wimbledon, although second row forward Will Scholes returns to the side after missing out with flu last Saturday.

BURY: Beales, Bixby, Coutts, Scholes, Edison, Mitchell, Stapleton, Browne. Ashby, McBride, Duplenne, Rouse, Kohler, Snelling, Lord. Replacements: Greco, King, Stanley, Merolle, Honey.

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