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Matt Edison has said Bury can take a big step towards clinching the title tomorrow (3pm) — and the Haberden crowd have a big part to play.

Should Bury St Edmunds be able to complete a double over London Wild Irish Geese, in front of what is expected to be a bumper home crowd, they would depose their opponents to return back to the summit of National Three South East with only eight games to go.

And former captain Edison is hoping the senior members of the team, such as current skipper Chris Snelling, Beau Gibson and himself can provide the extra know-how tomorrow to have the Greene King IPA Haberden shaking on its foundations.

But he is also calling for the home support to make themselves heard from the first whistle right through until the last, to help carry them to what could be a defining victory.

“I hope the crowd really get behind us as it always makes a big difference to myself, and I am sure that is the same for the other boys.

“If the weather is good I’m sure it will be a good crowd, and it makes a huge difference, especially if we get the ball in the corner by the stand.”

He added: “I feel myself, Chris (Snelling), Beau (Gibson) are the more experienced guys in the team that need to really step up, but we have a lot of guys who have played rugby at a good level, and that helps.”

The Bury number eight revealed last week’s weekend without a fixture has left them fully prepared for what is in store against the Geese, with the players sitting through no less than two video analysis sessions this week of their win at London Irish to identify a plan to cope with what is a fiercely strong front five.

“By no means was our last performance against them perfect, so we have worked out how to extend those stronger periods of play we had,” said the 25-year-old, who feels the 80 minutes they are about to embark on could end up defining their campaign, as they look to secure automatic promotion.

“By no means will the season end now, but winning this game would put us in a good position to try and hold on to top spot, and give us some breathing room,” he said.

Bury go into the game off the back of three straight victories: at Westcliff (25-17) and two home wins, over Tring (42-22) and Amersham and Chiltern (32-5).

The Wild Geese — who suffered a 47-17 defeat at home to Bury on October 11 — beat Amersham and Chiltern 47-23 at home in their last match, which saw them return to winning ways after a 14-9 defeat at Hertford the preview week.

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