Hogg keen for to make a statement against struggling Westcliff

PIVOTAL PERFORMANCE: Sam Bixby who gave a man-of-the-match performance in Bury St Edmund's 26-7 victory over Tring on Saturday
PIVOTAL PERFORMANCE: Sam Bixby who gave a man-of-the-match performance in Bury St Edmund's 26-7 victory over Tring on Saturday

Gavin Hogg has challenged his squad to overcome their inconsistency and lay down a marker against basement boys Westcliff tomorrow.

Bury St Edmunds welcome the strugglers to The Haberden (3pm) on the back of a convincing 26-7 victory away at Tring as the club sealed their second win out of the first four games in National League Three London and South East.

But having also suffered two defeats in that period, director of rugby Hogg is determined to finally string together a run of victories and close the gap on the league leaders.

“I was delighted with the win but there is still that frustration knowing we could have got more from the recent defeats,” he said.

“If we can put three to four wins together then we will have a chance of closing that gap to the top of the table.

“Saturday is a chance to do that and when you look at the match it is one you would fancy us to win.

“We need to start building some momentum and Saturday’s game is an opportunity to really make a statement and secure back-to-back wins.”

Bury started Saturday’s match at a blistering pace and soon found themselves two tries to the good courtesy of Shaq Meyers and Tanimo Samoa, new signing Michael Sage converted both to secure a 14-0 lead.

Tring responded strongly and reduced the deficit before the break as a series of drives edged them closer, allowing Wattleworth to bundle over with Coote converting.

But the second-half was to prove one-way traffic with Bury immediately extending their lead as they capitalised from a poor kick to score as Samoa again bundled over.

As the visitors continued to dominate proceedings with Nick Sykes, Sam Bixby, Scott Lewis and Jesse Rush, the only matter that remained was whether Bury’s composed performance would earn them a bonus-point win.

And with less than five minutes to play, a great counter-attack down the blindside saw Meyers and Chris Snelling driving for the line before man of the match Bixby powered his way over.

Sage failed with the conversion but it could not damper Bury’s winning joy.

n With Bury sending out two teams at the Royal Hospital School sevens tournament, they found themselves needing some luck as a number of players were seeking medical attention from early on in the competition.

The boys dug deep though and delivered with some great tries from Oliver Berry, Joel Clifford, Hugh Simmons and Oliver Rowe with outstanding play being produced by Max Harding.

Despite the problems, one of the teams managed to get to the Group-B final only to be denied by a conversion in the dying seconds of their 
final game against Brightlingsea.