Hogg sets target to secure status

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Gavin Hogg has set his Bury St Edmunds side a target of wins to ensure they keep their place in National League Two South next season.

The Wolfpack return to action after a two week break when they make the long trip to take on already-relegated Cornish All Blacks tomorrow (2.30pm).

And ahead of facing the league’s bottom side this weekend, Bury’s director of rugby is looking for another victory to edge his side further away from the relegation places.

“There’s a little gap now between us and the bottom three but we’ve got to keep winning,” Hogg said.

“One or two losses can change things quickly so I think we’ll need two or three more wins to secure our league status for next season.

“We’ve always had the mindset that we were one win away from turning the corner.

“It was an important win against Clifton and we then backed that up with two more wins, so we’ve managed to get ourselves out of the position we were in last month.”

Bury (11th) ended a five-match losing run with a 32-20 victory over Clifton five weeks ago, before going onto record triumphs over Old Elthamians (23-21) and most recently Barnes (35-26).

Hogg paid tribute to the noisy home support which packed out The Haberden two weeks ago for their comeback win against Barnes, labelling it the ‘most vocal support’ during his time at the club.

It was the Wolfpack’s third win in a row and has given them a nine point lead over Dorking in 14th place, who occupy the highest position in the relegation zone.

“It feels like we don’t make things easy for ourselves as we were 21-3 down after 20 minutes against Barnes.

“We found a way to win which encapsulated the fighting spirit the boys have shown in the last month.

“Cornish have already been relegated so they will have one eye on next season and will have nothing to lose now.

“They’ll throw everything at it but we’ve got to make sure we have the right attitude.”

John Hall, Sam Bixby (both work commitments), Mark Kidson, Brad Cook and Matt Hema (all injured) will miss tomorrow’s game.