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Edison urges fans to help Bury beat league leaders

Picture - Richard Marsham'Bury St Edmunds v Worthing - Matt Edison ANL-151017-200342009
Picture - Richard Marsham'Bury St Edmunds v Worthing - Matt Edison ANL-151017-200342009

While Bury have spent much of the campaign successfully battling to secure their National League Division Two South status, down the A14, Cambridge have had loftier aspirations.

The league leaders need six points to guarantee the title and promotion, five of which can be gained at the GK IPA Haberden this weekend.

However, with a raucous home crowd behind them, Edison is confident that Bury can cause an upset.

“It will probably be our biggest crowd of the season so we want to put on a show,” he said. “The noise the fans have made this season is brilliant. We probably have the best home supporters in the league.

“It is not just at home, because we often take around 30 fans away with us as well.

“Considering the distances we have to travel, that is a fantastic number and it should be applauded. They often make the difference and hopefully it will be a case of them being our 16th player again on Saturday.”

For Edison, there is some added incentive to pick up a positive result against the table toppers.

Having started his career with Bury aged 14, he later switched to Cambridge and spent four-and-a-half years at Volac Park before moving back across the Suffolk border in 2012.

Despite having admitted that he has plenty of gratitude towards Cambridge, Edison insisted that there will be no divided loyalties once he crosses the white line.

“I have some fantastic memories from Cambridge and I owe them a lot for the grounding they gave me,” he added. It will be nice to play against some old team-mates and see some friends.

“But, the history also adds some spice and gives me that extra buzz to win the game.

“I want to make sure that I play to my optimum level so I can help us get the better of them.”

Now free from the threat of relegation and safe in the knowledge that another season at the club’s highest ever level beckons, Edison is hopeful that this is just the start of a fruitful period for the West Suffolk outfit.

“In your first season in a new division, the aim is always to consolidate and we have achieved that objective,” the number eight commented.

“It is a different style of rugby to a level down and I think we have adapted well to that as the season has gone on.

“Now we know what it is all about, hopefully the team can build on this and push towards the top four next year.”


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