Gavin Hogg is determined to end the year in winning fashion and maintain Bury St Edmunds’ position within the league’s top-five sides.
Bury head into tomorrow’s encounter with bottom-placed Barking at The Haberden in SSE National Three London and South East (3pm) in high spirits having bounced back to winning ways with a 37-9 victory over seventh-placed Hertford.
And having previously earmarked the game as one they could win, Hogg is confident of heading into the new year with fifth place well within Bury’s grasp.
“I think Saturday’s game is one that we earmarked as a potential victory,” he said. “If we can get a win than it will put us in a position just behind the chasing pack.
“We could then take that positive momentum into the Christmas break having consolidated fifth place, which would be a great achievement for this club.
“It would also give us a platform to build on when we return in January to go and pick up a few more results.
Bury will have to go in search of a second successive win without Aaron Waters and Codey Gray, who both miss out through injury, the latter with a broken thumb, while Ben Radmall, who has not been match fit in recent weeks, could also be rested.
And after enduring a frustrating period of form, Hogg is now hopeful his side have turned a corner.
“Hopefully Saturday was a bit of a turning point,” he added. “It was probably one of our best performances of the season, we played very mature rugby and conducted ourselves brilliantly.
“We came into the season targeting a top six finish and so we are on schedule for that.”