Table-topping Bury St Edmunds will not be fooled by Guernsey’s lowly league position, according to director of rugby Gavin Hogg.
The islanders are just two points and two places off the foot of National Three London and South East ahead of their mammoth journey from the south of the English Channel to Suffolk tomorrow (3pm).
And while Bury have won all five of their league matches in 2015, Hogg believes his side will need to be at their best – especially as three of Guernsey’s six wins this season have come against sides in the promotion race.
“It’s hard for us to grasp why Guernsey are down there considering how well they did against us earlier in the season,” said Hogg, reflecting on his side’s narrow 30-26 victory at Guernsey in October. “They have the potential to raise their games against teams at the top of the table.”
Full-back Michael Sage and flanker Kieran Black (both hamstring) face late fitness tests, while forwards George Bretag-Norris (fractured eye socket) and Josh Goldspink (elbow) are back in contention, but Ben Cooper (back) and Brad Cook (knee) are out.
Hogg – who went to watch a National Two South encounter between Shelford and Bishop’s Stortford on a blank Saturday for Bury – is also turning his attention towards next season as clubs begin to finalise their squad, something he and playing chairman Terry Sands hope to be well on their way to doing in the next three weeks.