We can’t relax, says Bury St Edmunds’ director of rugby, Gavin Hogg

Sam Bixby

Sam Bixby - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Bury St Edmunds’ director of rugby Gavin Hogg has urged his side to keep their foot on the gas as they attempt to pull clear of the relegation zone in National 2.

A 32-20 bonus-point victory at home to Clifton last weekend, ended a run of five straight defeats and eased the pressure on the Wolfpack, ahead of their final eight games of the season.

Matt Edison scored a brace of tries, while Chris Lord was also on target, before a penalty-try earned the Haberden men a hard-fought victory.

It is now time to build on that success, according to Hogg, when the west Suffolk side head to mid-table Old Elthamians today.

“The guys have put a real effort and attitude in, in recent weeks, to try and turn the corner,” said Hogg.

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“The danger is now that we have got that win, we relax a bit and step off the pedal.

“We had a training session on Thursday and we talked about the players being focused and maintaining that same attitude and desire to work hard.

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“If we do that, the result will take care of itself and we have to make sure we do not slip into the trap of thinking the job is done.”

After today’s encounter, Bury face a run of fixtures that offer great opportunities for them to move away from relegation trouble.

Seventh-placed Barnes are the visitors to Suffolk next week, before Hogg’s men visit Cornish All Blacks and then host the team immediately above them, Redingensians – the former have lost all but one game this season.

Hogg said: “When you look at our fixtures, until we face Cambridge (leaders) and Bishop’s Stortford (third-top) in our final two games of the season, we are playing teams that, without being disrespectful to them, that have a lot of potential to be winnable games.

“But you never know in this league, with teams fighting for points, if you have an off-day you can slip up.”

Bury will be without Ollie Watson (concussion) and Mark Kidson (training ground injury) for today’s trip, meaning Dave Micklethwaite will be promoted to the bench and Sam Bixby, pictured, will move from second row to back row as a result.

Ben Cooper, meanwhile, returns after a loan spell at Blackheath.

“We have got pretty much a full squad and it’s another important game,” explained Hogg.

“Everyone kept talking about how a win would come and now it’s a case of keeping that run going.

“We have got to show that same ambition and intention to attack that we did last week.”

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