bury take heart from titans loss

WELCOME BOOST: Former captain Matt Edison, pictured leading the team out, will be back for Bury St Edmunds this weekend along with Sean Stapleton
WELCOME BOOST: Former captain Matt Edison, pictured leading the team out, will be back for Bury St Edmunds this weekend along with Sean Stapleton
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After coming agonizingly close to beating the league leaders, Gavin Hogg believes his Bury St Edmunds side can take great confidence into tomorrow’s home clash with London Irish Wild Geese (3pm).

The Wolfpack were only denied their first away win of the campaign after early National League Two South leaders Taunton Titans scored a try deep into added time.

But Hogg insists, despite the 30-26 defeat, Bury can take plenty of positives from their last outing into their mid-table match.

“It was really one of those resolute performances,” the Bury director of rugby enthused. “The guys put everything on the line and it was a gutting way to lose on the last play of the game.

“It was an unfair reflection of what the boys put in. There was a couple of scores by Taunton where mistakes were made by us and at this level you find out the hard way and get punished.

“There were lots of positives from it. I suppose the biggest positive really was seeing a clear transfer of things we’ve done in training earlier in the week into the game.”

He added: “We’re back on our home patch on Saturday and we’ll be going out looking for a bonus point win so we can bounce back quickly and start to build some momentum.”

Bury (ninth) welcome familiar opposition to the Haberden in the shape of London Irish Wild Geese, who were one of the Wolfpack’s main rivals during their National League Three London and South East title-winning season two years ago.

After gaining promotion themselves as champions last term, newly-promoted Wild Geese have started to find their feet at the higher level with wins over Exmouth and Barnes in recent weeks.

“The two wins against them made all the difference in the season we got promoted,” said Hogg, as Bury look to make it three wins from three at home.

The hosts are set to welcome back Matt Edison and Sean Stapleton, while Emyr Williams’ red card at Taunton means he is likely to miss out.