P W D L PTS
9. Bury 25 11 0 14 58
14. Dorking 25 8 0 17 45
15. Southend 25 7 3 15 44
16. Cornish AB 25 0 1 24 8
Hogg’s now ninth-placed side, unbeaten since the middle of February, entertain another in-form outfit in Redingensians tomorrow (3pm).
And with Bury’s National League Two safety almost secure — now being 13 points above the bottom three — director of rugby Hogg has praised the role the home faithful have played since their promotion last summer, with the club regularly recording around 400-strong crowds.
“Our home support has been brilliant all season,” he said. “We are among the top two or three supported clubs in the league and it has made a big difference to us.
“We are only a small club, but it’s been great to see and hear the support we have received from the community.
“I’d say the vocal support we received when we were 21-3 down against Barnes in our last home fixture was as good as in all the five years I’ve been at the club.
“We have always had a fantastic fan-base and the amazing backing we’ve received has been a big factor behind our good home form.”
He added: “The players always look forward to playing in front of their own fans and It is important that you make yourself difficult to beat on your own patch. Bury is one of the better grounds to travel to as an away team, so the extra vocal support helps the players raise their game by a few per cent.”
Hogg insists that there is still work to be done before Bury can start planning towards next season, though.
“It is commonly regarded that you need 65 points to be definitely safe so we still need a couple of wins from our next few games.
“These next three matches are of massive importance. We would like to go into the home derby against Cambridge not needing to get a result.”
Hogg believes the turning point of Bury’s season was the home win over Clifton, which ended a run of five successive defeats.
“At the start of the year we were coming out on the wrong side of some classic encounters, but it just goes to show that one win can give you a lot of confidence and belief.
“Everyone kept telling us that we were too good to go down; but that’s no consolation when you are losing.
“The home game against Clifton gave us some confidence and we continued the momentum with the last-gasp win at Old Elthamians.”
Hogg, who could be without the services of six of his squad through injury and unavailability tomorrow, knows that something will have to give.
Bury have won their last four matches, while Redingensians are on a six-game winning streak.
“They beat us 32-18 in the away fixture and they were impressive,” admitted Hogg.
“If you give them the ball then they will cause you damage.”