Bury at the ready to claim promotion place

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BURY’S promotion ambitions could well boil down to a cat-and-mouse game now, but coach Gavin Hogg is hellbent on making sure his side are ready to pounce if and when Colchester slip up.

A 36-14 win over fellow promotion-chasers Letchworth Garden City at the Haberden on Saturday has pushed Bury to within two points of the third-placed side but still 10 points adrift of second-placed Colchester.

And Hogg is targeting putting together back-to-back victories for the first time since Brentwood (37-21) and Braintree (49-8) in November at ninth-placed Chingford on Saturday (2.15pm), to keep the pressure up on the front runners.

“We know we have to go there with a good attitude,” said Hogg of tomorrow’s trip to north east London. “I think every away game is a tough game and we just need to keep doing the basics well and put a run together to put pressure on the other teams and hopefully capitalise on that.”

Bury ran up a 64-6 scoreline the last time they faced Chingford, at the Haberden on October 8, but following an upsurge in their opponent’s form, who coincidentally have beaten Brentwood (21-15) and Braintreee (15-12) in their last two matches, Hogg is not expecting another rollover.

“Chingford have nothing to lose and have back-to-back wins behind them, but hopefully, with the same work ethic as against Letchworth, and if the guys get things right, we can pick up a good win.”

But while fifth-placed Diss, who led leaders Thurrock until added time at Mackenders on Saturday, could do Bury a huge favour tomorrow by taking points off Letchworth, the Bury coach is adamant they will not be thinking too much about what is going on elsewhere.

“We have got into a mindset where we have got to take care of our own results,” he said. “If the others do end up doing us a favour then great.

“We do know teams are beatable in and around us and the good thing for us is we have a string of games which should be must-win games.

“If we get our performances right in the next six games hopefully Colchester will start feeling the pressure and we can capitalise.”

Hogg again has a full strength squad to pick from, with no injury concerns for the Southgate Green club and although selection will cause him another headache, it is one he more than welcomes.

“Competition is great for places in a full strength squad and we will look at everyone in training and we have no injury concerns for the weekend.”