Director of rugby Gavin Hogg says the next fortnight will provide a yardstick to measure Bury St Edmunds’ season so far – and potentially what their ambitions will be for the remainder of the campaign.
Bury host Chinnor at the GK IPA Haberden on Saturday (3pm) before facing their longest trip of the season, to Redruth, the following weekend.
Hogg believes the two games will give a guide to whether Bury will be looking up or down the table come the end of the season.
Only a handful of points seperate ninth-placed Bury and Canterbury, sitting in 15th, in National League Two South.
With Chinnor arriving in 14th position, Hogg said: “One or two wins or losses either way is likely to shape how the season might go for us.
“The game against Chinnor on Saturday is a really big game, it’s a real six-pointer so to speak.
“For us the next couple of weeks are vital. You’ve got four or five sides at the top end of the table then the remainder of the teams.
“A win against Chinnor will help, where as a defeat will put them within touching distance of ourselves.
Bury go into the Chinnor game looking to bounce back to winning ways — and at no point this season have they lost more than two games in succession.
They go into the game with their pride intact following a derby defeat at league leaders Cambridge before the festive break.
Director of rugby Gavin Hogg said: “The Cambridge fixture was one in which the players wanted to put up a good show.
“They managed to do that, but you still have to credit Cambridge for their consistency and resilience.
“We had three good opportunities in that game when we were trailing 22-10, but we didn’t take them.”
Despite the festive break, Bury’s injury woes have not eased.
Although Ollie Watson (ankle) and Chris Snelling (knee) are moving closer to a return, they will both miss the visit of Chinnor.
Shaq Meyers is also touch-and-go whether he will feature, as he is currently nursing a quad strain.