Play-offs are still a prospect despite consistency concern

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BURY St Edmunds player-coach Gavin Hogg is still confident his side can target a play-off spot in London One North despite currently sitting 10 points adrift of second-placed Colchester.

Consistency has been an issue for the Haberden outfit, who have not recorded back-to-back victories since November, with Saturday’s 27-15 defeat away to table-topping Thurrock halting any chance of starting a winning run after last week’s 32-22 win over Rochford Hundred.

However, despite the latest dent to their promotion ambitions, Hogg is adamant his team cannot be ruled out of the play-off picture.

“Consistency is definitely a cause for concern at the moment,” he said.

“We have only taken one win from the last three games but we always knew the last set of matches were going to be tough.

“Our focus now has to be on getting back to winning games and taking care of our own results.

“The play-offs are certainly still our aim and we have ambitions of finishing in the top two.”

Bury’s fixtures do not get any easier with a visit of third placed Letchworth Garden City tomorrow (2.15pm).

Hogg’s men managed to secure a hard-fought 32-22 victory back in October over tomorrow’s opponents, but the coach is well aware his side will have to match Letchworth’s physicality as he spoke of the importance of the fixture,

“The match at home to Letchworth has now become an even bigger game then the last one because we need to get a result,” he added.

“We know they are probably the most physical side in the league and we will have to match them, but we are confident of causing some damage out wide so hopefully we can get a result.

“If we take care of our own performances then it will put pressure on other teams above us and we are confident they will slip up at some stage.

“Thurrock look to have top spot secured but I believe second place is still up for grabs and if others do slip up then we can take advantage.”