NATIONAL LEAGUE THREE
LONDON AND SOUTH EAST
Bury St Edmunds 25
Gavin Hogg has welcomed the heightened expectations placed on the club but has refused to get carried away, despite a fourth straight win.
Bury St Edmunds continued their impressive start to the season as their superior class finally shone through in the second-half to overcome winless Basingstoke.
And although the head coach was delighted to maintain their winning run, he was quick to warn his newly-promoted charges against complacency ahead of a trip to Barnes tomorrow (3pm).
“I think it’s testament to how far we’ve come that there’s an element of disappointment that we didn’t get the bonus point win,” he said.
“It’s nice to have won and still feel underwhelmed and that is credit to the standards the guys have set themselves.
“Our element of surprise may have gone now and perhaps with our wins people have seen we’ve adapted well since promotion and we’ve got to deal with that expectation.
“However, we’re in a good place, that is four wins out of five at this level and so we’re delighted.
“Despite that we need to put things in perspective, we’re new to this level and we still need to pick up as many wins as possible.
“Somewhere along the line we are going to have a bad run of form and we need to prepare for that.”
In what proved a scrappy first half period the host’s early game plan was heavily affected as Ben Radmall was shown a yellow card after just two minutes.
And it didn’t take Basingstoke long to make the most of their numerical advantage as Freddie Gleadhowe burst through the defensive crowd to crash over, Adam Davies adding the conversion to see the visitors 7-0 up.
However, with a full quota of players back on the pitch the home side responded superbly as Charlie Paske burst clear of the pack before ignoring the support either side of him to beat the last man and go over between the posts, David Ormrod kicking the simple extras to see the sides go in level at the break.
Following a period of strong early pressure after the interval, Bury edged ahead as Ormrod capitalised on a penalty in front of the posts to easily kick over.
That momentum continued for the hosts who extended their advantage after 53 minutes. A strong ruck saw the home side edge closer to the try line in the corner before Ormrod released the impressive Tanimo Samoa to bundle his way through, Ormrod this time missing the conversion, hitting the outside of the post.
The scrum-half’s wayward kicking continued to plague him as he missed from a 30- yard penalty before the visitors reduced the deficit to 15-10, Davies again showing his composure in front of the posts.
However, there was to be no late comeback from Basingstoke as Bury once again rallied to extend their lead after 72 minutes.
Ormrod found on-rushing substitute Joe Davis to race clear and go over. This time kicking responsibility fell to Paske, who made no mistake with the conversion to take the score to 22-10.
And with just two minutes remaining, Paske made the game safe, adding a final penalty to wrap up another victory and maintain Bury’s winning sequence.
n Elsewhere, the Bury Foxes enjoyed a comfortable afternoon as they cruised to an emphatic 61-5 win over Norwich Medics.
The victory came courtesy of tries from Sarah Gomersall (4), Bronwyn Skipworth, Charlie Houlder (2), Stacey Garner and Lucy Kerr, while Skipworth and Houlder added the extras.