Bury St Edmunds targeting a first away win since October, at lowly Wimbledon
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Bury St Edmunds, just two points off the top five after last weekend’s resounding 39-25 victory over Barnstaple, will hope to end a four-game losing streak on the road, at National League Two South basement dwellers Wimbledon this afternoon (kick-off 2pm).
The Wolfpack are eying up a highest ever league position, which currently stands at the sixth place achieved by Gavin Hogg’s side in 2015-16.
To gate-crash the top five, they will have to improve their away record, however, and they will not have a better chance to stop the rot than at rock bottom Wimbledon this weekend.
Bury have not won an away fixture since a 29-21 success at Canterbury on October 28, since when they have suffered defeats at Henley, Redingensians Rams, Cinderford and Old Redcliffians.
“I haven’t really thought about our recent away record, but it’s always good for a team to win on the road,” explained Bury head coach Ollie Smith yesterday.
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“It’s good for team spirit, and we have a great chance to win this weekend, if we put in a good performance.
“Wimbledon had a tough start to the season, being one of those teams who came up. It can often take time for such teams to settle.
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“But their performances have improved of late, and they have managed to pick up a couple of wins, so we must not take them lightly. We have already experienced what it’s like to lose such a game, with our defeat at (14th-placed) Old Redcliffians.
“Wimbledon are not a bad team. We must not underestimate them, but we played well last week (against Barnstaple) when we built up a decent early lead.
“The game became a little bit messy, and lost a little structure, but we picked up the five points, which was our aim,” added Smith.
Today’s hosts Wimbledon lost their first 14 games of the season, but have won two of their last four at Old Redcliffians (29-28) and against Redruth (33-28).
It promises to be a special day for young Levi Roper, who has emerged from the youth set-up to make his first appearance in the first-team squad this weekend.
BURY: Beales, Bixby, Smith, Edison, Scholes, Uru, Mitchell, Browne. Ashby, Honey, Corcoran, McBridde, Rouse, Kohler, Lord. Replacements: Brown, King, Comin, Merolle, Roper.