Bury bid to end Dorking’s winning run

Rugby - Bury St Edmunds (green) v CS Rugby 1863
Rugby - Bury St Edmunds (green) v CS Rugby 1863

Head coach Gavin Hogg has warned table-topping Dorking that Bury are heading to Surrey with a positive attitude tomorrow (2.30pm).

Fifth-placed Bury ended a run of four straight defeats by overcoming Civil Service (CS) Rugby 1863 36-32 in a thrilling London One North encounter at The Haberden on Saturday.

David Ormrod kicked 21 points in victory for Bury, who ‘have nothing to lose’ at Dorking tomorrow, according to Hogg.

“These are the types of games we want to be involved in,” he said.

“The guys enjoy going down to new venues, seeing how far we are off the top sides and what we need to improve on.

“We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Bury could be without Tim Mann (hamstring) after the centre limped off on Saturday, but Hogg should otherwise have a fully-fit squad to choose from to face a Dorking side who have won all 11 of their league matches this campaign.

Reflecting on Bury’s 36-32 triumph at The Haberden on Saturday, the head coach added: “It was nice to be on the right side of a close win — perhaps we wouldn’t have seen that out a month ago.”

Bury hung on to edge out CS Rugby, despite being outscored by five tries to three.

The visitors struck first with a converted try after Sam Bixby had been sent to the sin bin.

But Bury clawed their way back with Ormrod nudging them 12-7 ahead with three penalties and a drop goal.

A first try for the hosts followed on the counter-attack as Casey Stone, Aaron Waters and Chris Snelling combined to set up Tim Mann.

Ormrod added the extras and another penalty to give the hosts a 22-7 advantage at the interval.

Having thrown away leads in recent home matches, Bury needed to be on their guard in the second half, but a penalty four minutes in reduced their advantage to 12 points.

Charlie Paske’s introduction from the bench paid dividends almost immediately as he twice took the ball on well to create an overlap for man-of-the-match Ben Radmall to power over in the corner and Ormrod nailed a superb touchline conversion.

CS Rugby hit back with 17 unanswered points, but it would have been more had they landed their conversions.

However, the visitors’ momentum was halted by a missed kick to touch and Snelling exchanged passes with Stone for a popular score in front of the stand.

Ormrod’s conversion — taking him to 21 points for the day — took the gap out to nine points.

CS Rugby laid siege to the Bury line in the closing stages, but some valiant defending — including a superb last-ditch tackle by Stone — kept them down to one more unconverted try and Bury held on.

n Bury’s junior academy were 29-5 victors at Ipswich thanks to tries from Ed Ballam, Joe Berry, Louis Hicks, and Callum Green.

James Copping converted two tries, while Lewis Folkard and Will Rabett played well.