Wolfpack welcome two new recruits as look to continue winning run at Barnes
PUBLISHED: 08:59 12 January 2019
Bury St Edmunds, on a three-game winning streak, have strengthened their squad still further this week by adding a couple of new players to their squad, ahead of today’s trip to mid-table Barnes in National League Two South.
The Wolfpack are up to seventh in the table, following a superb run of four wins in their last five matches.
And they have welcomed two new recruits in Ollie Walker, a flanker, and Jack Harvey, a scrum-half, to The Haberden over the last few days.
“The results have been coming and the most pleasing thing for me is that the performances have been building as well,” enthused head coach Nick Wakley.
“We have had a lot of injuries and others missing out through unavailability, so it shows that we have got a strong squad to keep getting the wins, and keep putting in the performances.
“Players are hungry to get a place in the starting XV, and we have added a couple of new players to the squad as well.
“We have been missing our captain (Ollie Watson) for the last five weeks, so we have needed a replacement No. 7, which we have got in Ollie Walker.
“He has played National One rugby (with Hartpury College) and is a natural No. 7, who is effective at the break-down. Ollie’s had a good week of training with us, and will go straight into the side this weekend. He’s based in Cambridgeshire, so is a local lad.
“And so is Jack Harvey (from Shelford), another new player who we have recruited. He’s a scrum-half who will be on the bench.
“Last weekend (27-19 win at Guernsey) was a very up-and-down game. We were impressive at the start of both halves, but I had some choice words for the players at half-time because we had them let back into the game by giving away cheap penalties, from which they could kick towards the corners and then use their driving maul.
“But we came out firing again in the second half, and we did well to stop Guernsey getting their bonus point.
“Barnes will be a difficult proposition. They got a fantastic win last weekend, at Old Albanians (24-20), after a run of five defeats. They have a dominant pack, so it’s a big ask for us. However, I think my players can combat them,” added Wakley.
BURY: Coutts, Torpey, Cooper, Bixby, Scholes, Grey, Walker, Uru. Limlei, Ritchie, Bodkin, Leng, Kohler, Sharp, Johnson. Replacements: Francombe, Graham, Hill, Affleck, Harvey, Wiltshire.