Hogg refuses to rest on laurels in search of unbeaten sequence

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Head coach Gavin Hogg has urged his side to maintain their high standards following a hard-fought victory over Brentwood.

LONDON ONE NORTH

Bury St Edmunds 34

Brentwood 10

In a somewhat scrappy encounter against their third-placed opponents, it was Bury’s powerful forwards that ultimately won the key pack battle, carrying the hosts on to another bonus-point victory, maintaining their 100 percent record.

However, it was not easy, with the all-important fourth try coming after the 78th minute through Ryan Wiggins, following previous scores from Matt Edison, Sam Bixby and man-of-the-match Ben Radmell, while Will Martin kicked his way to a 14-point haul.

Despite being pleased with the result, Hogg knows his side cannot rest on the laurels when they travel to second-placed Eton Manor tomorrow (3pm) in what should be Bury’s toughest test of the season to date.

“I am a little bit relieved but pleased to get that fourth try and bonus point,” he said.

“We have set our own high standards this season and we have to keep to that if we going to achieve our aim of getting out of this division by remaining unbeaten.

“We now have a tough test against Eton Manor, but it is an opportunity for us now to go down there and open up a gap between ourselves and the chasing pack.

“We have opened up a bit of a gap and we want to continue to extend that.”

An early period of pressure from Bury was rewarded as Martin opened the scoring with a well-taken penalty, before the visitors responded and equalised through Charlie Chambers with a penalty of his own.

However, they were not level for long as Martin added a further penalty before captain Edison broke away from a turned over scrum, brushed off three tackles to crash over for Bury’s first try, again converted by Martin.

A scrappy period of play ensued with Brentwood continuing to make life hard for the home side.

This was finally broken with an outstanding break and solo run from Bixby allowed the youngster to score under the posts, again converted by Martin, to give Bury a 20-3 lead at the break.

That appeared to give the hosts a renewed vigour after the interval and after Martin missed the opportunity to add to his point tally with a long distance penalty, Radmell extended the advantage.

Brenton Krammer raced through a gap in the visitors’ line, beating four players before off loading to the onrushing Radmell to power through between the posts, leaving Martin with a simple conversion which he duly took.

Shortly before the end, another fast break from Kenny Eggars allowed Wiggins to bundle over in the corner and gift the home side another bonus point, which was again followed by a successful kick from Martin to take the score to 34-3.

However, to their credit, Brentwood refused to roll over and with their large pack continuing to pose problems, the pressure eventually led to Bury conceding only their third try of the season as Josh Woodcock forced his way over, converted by Chambers, to round off the proceedings.