EDISON RELISHING DERBY DUEL
A trip to his former club tomorrow holds no fears for one of Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club’s longest-serving players.
Matt Edison returns to the scene of where he began his senior career when Bury lock horns with local rivals Cambridge in National Two League South (3pm).
Although Cambridge sit proudly top of the table with just one defeat in 14 games, it is a clash which Edison, in particular, cannot wait for.
The former Bury captain, who spent five seasons with Cambridge, said: “I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully I will be selected to start.
“It will be nice to see one or two old faces and also see how the club has developed.
“It’s one of those games where you can throw caution to the wind a little bit as there will be no pressure on us and nobody expects us to win.”
Two of Edison’s seasons with Cambridge came in the top flight and the Bury No 8 admits that Saturday’s early skirmishes will be key to who comes out on top.
“Cambridge will start strong and the first 20 minutes will be key for us.
“If we can get through those then we will stand a good chance.
“Both sides have similar styles and like to play an expansive game of rugby. For any neutral spectator it should make for a cracking game.”
Bury’s Chris Snelling and Tim Mann will also be going face-to-face against their former club.
Bury director of rugby Gavin Hogg is under no illusions about the task facing his troops though.
“Cambridge are obviously the form side in the league,” said Hogg.
“They have ambitions of finishing at the top end of the table and are pushing for promotion.
“You have to give them massive credit for what they have achieved so far, but it’s a game we are looking forward to.
“It is two or three seasons since we had anything which you could call a proper local derby and we have a number of former Cambridge players in our side.
“It will be a big day for them and we will enjoy the game but we’ve got to make sure that we get our preparations spot on.
“We won’t be going there to roll over and allow Cambridge to express themselves.”
Going into their final game before the New Year, Hogg remains relatively satisfied at Bury’s progress this season.
“We’ve delivered a few standout performances before a disappointing display has come out of the blue,” said Hogg.
“One thing which we have learned is that sides are very good defensively at this level.
“It has been a major learning curve for us this season and hopefully we can put some of our mistakes right in the second half of the season.
“It’s about taking our chances and being ruthless when we get an opportunity.”
Bury will have to make do without Ben Davey (concussion) and Shaq Meyers (quad strain) for their short trip on the A14 with John Hall and Tim Mann likely to deputise.