Bury are flying ahead of trip to Guernsey

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Bury St Edmunds will have revenge on their minds when they fly out from Gatwick today for a unique SSE National Three London and South East fixture.

Gavin Hogg’s charges are set for a weekend away at Guernsey, hoping to overturn the defeat they suffered at The Haberden earlier in the season.

The upwardly-mobile islanders are in fine form having won seven of their last eight matches.

“When the fixtures came out, it was one everybody looked for,” said Bury head coach Hogg. “There will be a different feeling because we’re getting to spend more time with each other in the lead-up to the game, but there are still four points up for grabs and that’s the most important thing.”

Bury leave Gatwick this evening and will spend the morning preparing for the 2.30pm kick-off before enjoying the island’s nightlife ahead of their return on Sunday morning.

When they beat Bury 39-29 in the reverse fixture on October 26, Guernsey were struggling, but their form since means a win over the Suffolk side tomorrow would see them rise into the top six.

“We are expecting a tough fixture because they have turned over the league leaders at home,” said Hogg. “They will be a different proposition to the one we faced earlier, but we’ve gone through the DVD and picked out a few areas we can target.”

Hogg admitted it was ‘touch and go’ whether captain Matt Edison would recover in time to take part, but Jamie Cooke and Charlie Pask are available for selection.