Bury St Edmunds director of rugby Gavin Hogg believes there are plenty of positive signs for his side’s first season in National League Division Two South despite suffering a 41-22 opening day defeat to Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.
In front a large and passionate Haberden crowd, Bury, playing at the highest level in their history, gave a promising display against last season’s beaten play-off finalists, leading 22-21 at one stage before the visitors pedigree finally shone through in the later stages.
However ahead of a trip to Chinor tomorrow (3pm) Hogg hailed his side’s endeavours and remains upbeat about Bury’s chances of competing at this level.
“The positive thing is that at the 65 minute mark we were ahead and Bishop’s Stortford are the side that are highly fancied to win the league,” he said.
“We spoke about how that game was going to give us a good marker and indication of where we needed to be.
“In hindsight it might have been better to have some slightly more sympathetic games to ease ourselves into this division but I think the good things is the guys are disappointed to have lost. If that is the best side in this league then we’ve given them a proper tough game and that is something to build on.
“We know things we that we need to put right over the coming weeks but first impressions are that things are looking pretty positive.
“Things will only get better and I think the more time we get together, the more dangerous and accurate we will be in what we do.”