The Haberden is ready to provide the perfect location for an historic occasion with Bury set to seal promotion to the National League.
If Gavin Hogg’s charges defeat fourth-bottom Chingford tomorrow (3pm) and score four tries in the process — something they have managed in 18 of their 22 victories this campaign — the London One North title will be heading to Suffolk, along with a place in the fifth tier of English rugby.
It would be the culmination of a glorious 15 months that have provided 33 consecutive successes — 11 last season and 22 this campaign — to get to this point.
“It’s nice this opportunity has fallen on a home game because it gives us the chance to win the league in front of our faithful supporters,” said head coach Hogg. “We have strong roots in the community and are very appreciative of the local businesses who put money into the club.
“It was a great turnout with close to 500 people for the Eton Manor game — there was a real buzz around the place and hopefully that will continue against Chingford and into next season.”
Hogg only joined the club last campaign and they missed out on runners-up spot — and a place in the promotion play-off with the runners-up of London One South as a result — when an administrative error cost them 25 points for fielding an ineligible player.
However, everything since that day has been perfect — they have won every match — and tomorrow’s possible promotion is the culmination of much hard work.
“Time has flown by because it’s a very exciting time to be part of the club,” added Hogg, who will be without hooker Ben Radmell (unavailable) tomorrow and could also be missing injured duo Jamie Cooke and Will Martin.
* For Bury chairman Mike Robinson’s views, see this week’s Bury Free Press.
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