Bury rugby ready to take on title rivals in London One North

MARCHING ON: Bury hunt down Colchester on their way to a derby-day success against their rivals at The Haberden on Saturday
MARCHING ON: Bury hunt down Colchester on their way to a derby-day success against their rivals at The Haberden on Saturday
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BURY will be looking to put daylight between themselves and another of their London One North title rivals when they visit Letchworth Garden City tomorrow (3pm).

The Haberden-based outfit stretched their winning run to 15 consecutive games by disposing of Colchester on Saturday and are now looking to claim the scalp of one of the division’s other favourites.

But with the Wolves – Bury’s second string – also continuing to go so well, head coach Gavin Hogg has been left with a welcome selection headache.

“The guys playing for the Wolves have been doing a fantastic job and pushing very hard to regain their positions in the first team,” said ex-Stowmarket head coach Hogg.

“It’s certainly something we will look at before the match with Letchworth because a number of individuals have thrown their names into the hat.”

Bury’s only absentee remains Harry Gooderham, who strained his ankle ligaments. He is not expected to return until at least next month.

With an almost fully-fit squad to choose from, Bury are looking forward to facing the challenge of Letchworth, who sit third in the standings, just a bonus point behind the table-topping Suffolk outfit.

“It’s a really big opportunity for us to open up a bit of a gap between ourselves and a couple of the key sides in this league,” said Hogg. “If you can build up a bit of a lead in the opening half of the season it will make the run-in slightly better.

“Letchworth like to play pretty expansive rugby and they have brought in a lot of quality players.

“We managed to turn them over last season, and we are expecting a very close game.”

Stowmarket host Enfield Ignatians in London Two North East tomorrow (3pm), looking to bounce back from their 18-17 loss at Holt on Saturday.

Enfield have a similar record to Stow of one win and one defeat so far this campaign, but the Suffolk side’s two bonus points have them placed fifth in the early-season standings.

In Greene King IPA Eastern Counties League Division One, Thurston will be looking to build on their first win of the season when they host Woodbridge tomorrow (3pm).

Thurston ground out a 15-13 success at Harwich and Dovercourt on Saturday and will be looking to add their first home win of the season against winless Woodbridge.

Captain Ben Sinclair said: “We still have a number of players out injured, including myself, so we went to Harwich with a depleted side and did tremendously well to get a win.

“They are expected to go well this year so it’s made us realise what we are capable of as a team.”

Craig Wilson (broken ankle) is one of those sidelined for Thurston.

Meanwhile, in Eastern Counties Two, Thetford and Mildenhall and Red Lodge Eagles hit the road after differing success in their first league games of the campaign.

Thetford travel to Norwich Union on the back of a 38-10 win at home to Felixstowe, while Mildenhall will be hoping to put their 56-0 loss to Haverhill behind them swiftly when making the trip to Broadland, both tomorrow (3pm).