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Hogg keen to keep everyone’s focus solely on title challenge

AMONG THE POINTS: Will Martins precise kicking proved pivotal in last weeks narrow 22-15 victory over Ruislip as Bury maintained their impressive run

AMONG THE POINTS: Will Martins precise kicking proved pivotal in last weeks narrow 22-15 victory over Ruislip as Bury maintained their impressive run

Bury coach Gavin Hogg has warned his side to ignore growing recognition and focus on maintaining their quest for London One North glory.

After a week’s disruption due to the cold snap that gripped most of the nation, the Haberden-based outfit held off a strong second-half comeback away at Ruislip, who trailed 19-0 at the break, to clinch the points in an eventual 22-15 success.

That result extended the league leaders’ flawless run of victories to 28 matches, leading to national magazine Rugby World, who cover rugby across Europe, to dedicate an entire page spread of on the club’s achievements in this month’s edition.

And despite acknowledging the positives of such coverage, Hogg is well aware of the added pressure it also brings to his squad as he aims to keep the club on course for promotion to the National League.

“National recognition certainly brings a new pressure,” he said

“Our form is a fantastic achievement, but we need to get on with the task in hand and gain promotion, because without that the form will count for nothing.

“Other teams will now have an extra incentive to prove a point because they feel they have nothing to lose and are desperate to turn us over.

“There is always a danger that any team in this division can beat anyone on their day and so it is a matter of us matching their attitude to stay on track.”

The next side who have the opportunity to claim the sought-after scalp is Letchworth Garden City, with Bury travelling to Legends Lane tomorrow (2.15pm).

After watching his side survive a nervy second-half onslaught before claiming victory last week, Hogg has warned his players they will need to be much improved against their third-placed hosts.

“We didn’t have anywhere near enough urgency at Ruislip and it certainly made for an uncomfortable second half,” he added.

“Traditionally we are stronger in the second period and so it was a bit of a shock and disappointing but at least we managed to get the result.

“Hopefully I will get a bit of a reaction because if we don’t perform better against Letchworth we will be punished severely.”

Meanwhile, in London Two North East, Stowmarket will be looking to end a torrid run of four straight league defeats when they host high-flying Chelmsford tomorrow (2pm).

Elsewhere, in Eastern Counties One, struggling bottom side Thurston travel to West Norfolk (2pm), while in Eastern Counties Two, second-placed Haverhill and District will be looking to keep up their quest for promotion with a trip to Thetford (2pm).

 

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