Clifton victory can be turning point in Bury’s season, says Hogg

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club unveil their new coaching team. Gavin Hogg ANL-151207-170244009

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club unveil their new coaching team. Gavin Hogg ANL-151207-170244009

Gavin Hogg believes last weekend’s win against Clifton can be a turning point in Bury St Edmunds’ season, writes Alex Moss.

Bury ended a run of five straight National League Division Two South defeats with a 32-20 victory over Clifton at the Haberden on Saturday.

And ahead of their trip to Old Elthamians tomorrow (3pm), Bury’s director of rugby is hoping his side have turned the corner.

“It was a pivotal turning point in our season,” Hogg said.

“We had a good week of preparation and the boys went into the game in a confident manner.

“In the back of our minds we knew about Clifton’s poor record away from home, but when they got it back to 25-20 a lot of people would have been thinking ‘here we go again’.

“The boys closed out the game and it was reassuring more than anything.

“We’ve had people tell us we’re playing good rugby and that we’re too good to go down, but we were still wondering when it’s going to turn.”

Ollie Watson is the only player to have been ruled out for Bury’s trip to Kent this weekend, while Ben Cooper returns after a four-game loan spell at Blackheath.

“Ben came back from an injury and it was an 
opportunity for him to experience some game time at a higher level,” Hogg said.

Following tomorrow’s visit to Old Elthamians (6th), Bury (11th) are next due in action in two weeks with a home clash against Barnes on March 5.