Captain Tom Rock recognises that ‘staying afloat’ is Bury’s primary target
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Bury St Edmunds captain, Tom Rock, recognises that the Wolfpack have a “tough February” in their quest to remain in National League Two South for a third season, starting away at third-placed Redruth tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 2pm).
Bury have lost seven of their last eight league fixtures, to sit in 11th spot in the table, although they are still eight points clear of third-from-bottom Barnstaple, who currently occupy the last relegation berth.
This weekend features a tiring 760-mile round trip to Cornwall, to take on a Redruth side who have won 10 of their 14 fixtures to date.
Rock explained: “We’ve set ourselves targets, internally, and staying afloat is obviously imperative.
“But we’ve got other targets beyond that (of avoiding relegation), and we’ve got a tough February ahead of us.
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“The challenge is there for us. There’s some difficult games this month, but if we can execute what we want to do, and get our mental side right, then I believe we can challenge any team in this league.
“Last weekend (27-21 home defeat to Henley Hawks) was another missed opportunity, and there have been a lot of those this season.
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“We fought well in the second half, but ultimately we were left with the feeling that it was one that got away,” added Rock, who is set to start at fly-half tomorrow.
The Wolfpack’s only success, since mid-November, has been a narrow 23-20 victory at Worthing on January 7.
Otherwise, it has been a lean spell for Gavin Hogg’s men, who lost to fellow strugglers Henley last weekend, and suffered a 36-24 reverse at London Irish Wild Geese in their last away fixture two weeks ago.
In both matches, Bury effectively lost the contest by half-time, after below-par first-half displays left them with far too much to do.
Ironically, that was also the case when Redruth played at The Haberden in mid-October, Bury making too many mistakes to trail 26-5 at the interval, before rallying to eventually lose by 35-22.
Bury (starting XV): Trinder, Collins, Coutts, Hall, Whetton, Bixby, Stapleton, Comin. A-Brown, Rock (c), Mellett, Rodrigo, Sterling, Lyle, McBride. Repalecements: Griffiths, Selby, Meyers, Stanley, Dolan.