BOOSTED BURY are POISED TO POUNCE
Two new signings have come in to boost Bury’s title charge, but Terry Sands would rather they hold on the shoulder of the leaders — for now.
The Haberden-based outfit overcame a mid-season wobble to return to second in National Three London and South East as they marked their return from the festive break with a 34-5 home win over Amersham and Chiltern.
And of hosting second-from-bottom Tring tomorrow (3pm) in another fixture they will be expecting to pick up all five points in, senior playing chairman Sands is happy if an enlarging squad continues to hang tough on the coattails of the leaders.
“When you are on top of the league it is natural for you to just feel a little bit over-confident,” he said. “And perhaps that is what happened when we were top and Grinstead came here.
“People do want to shoot you down, so I am happy that we are going along in second.”
After former Cambridge tighthead prop Ben Cooper made his debut on Saturday, Sands revealed he has two more new signings waiting in the wings.
“We have Ben Enoka, who is actually from New Zealand, but is an Irish passport holder.
“He was here on Saturday, but has a bit of a knock.
“He plays in the back row and he is 20. He has played at a good level,
“He has actually moved into the area from playing for a club Canterbury way, so we didn’t actively recruit him, he found us as he wanted to find a club that was successful.
“Then we have got a utility back that just signed to replace Tanimo Samoa that has got big boots to fill.
“He is an English passport holder called Tom Bird.”
Aaron Waters will also be like a new signing after recovering from a long injury, with Sands delighted with how the squad has pulled together with enforced absences.
“Considering we have been unlucky with injuries, with three boys out with ACLs (anterior cruciate knee ligament injuries) long-term we are very fortunate to be where we are,” he said. “But these boys have really gelled and are playing for each other — you could see that in that Hertford game when we were down to 12 men.
“It was a monumental performance that they put in.”
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