Bury take on the top two over the next two weekends
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Bury St Edmunds, brimming with confidence after back-to-back wins, now face the top two in National League Two South over the next two weekends.
It couldn’t be a harder couple of fixtures for the Wolfpack, who travel to second-placed Chinnor this afternoon (kick-off 3pm) before entertaining leaders Cinderford in their final home game of the season the following Saturday.
But Jon Curry’s men are on a roll at the moment, returning to form with a 50-29 win at London Irish Wild Geese two weeks ago, Curry’s first win as the new head coach, and then following it up with an impressive 27-24 victory over third-placed Redingensians Rams at The Haberden last weekend.
“The players have done great of late. I think it’s helped that we have had a fairly settled side, with players knowing each other, which has benefited the performances,” explained Curry, the former Northampton Saints Academy coach.
“Now we face the top two, and it’s always nice to pit your wits against the best teams in the league.
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“It’s a chance to see where we stand. The guys have some momentum, which is important.
“The top five looks beyond us. We really needed to beat Henley Hawks and Clifton (Curry’s first two matches) to have a chance of getting fifth spot.
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“They are matches we should have won, which would have meant us having a very different conversation now. But there’s still to plenty for,” added Curry.
Bury are targeting their highest ever-finish, which currently stands at the sixth spot from their first season at this fourth tier level, in 2015-16.
They could well match that position – they moved up to sixth last weekend – but they are 10 points adrift of fifth-placed Redruth, while the tough nature of their run-in could see them drop a couple of places during the last three weeks of the season.
Today’s hosts Chinnor have lost just two games this season, both January home matches against London Irish and Cinderford.
BURY: Smith, King, Coutts, Scholes, Browne, Bixby, Watson, Mitchell. Ashby, Honey, Taylor, McBride, Kohler, Llort, Corcoran. Replacements: Brown, Younie Swithenbank, Stapleton, Harrison.