Hogg delighted with great opening day Walsham win

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BURY St Edmunds coach Gavin Hogg was left delighted after his side got their London One North campaign off to the perfect start with a 25-13 victory over North Walsham on Saturday.

It was the first time the two clubs had met at first-team level in league action after the hosts’ relegation from the National League and early indications showed they looked likely to go on and win the match with a 10-5 half--time lead.

However, Bury responded superbly in the second half, dominating large periods, and added an extra three tries to claim victory and a bonus point, to leave Hogg extremely pleased with his side’s half-time turnaround.

“We were absolutely delighted with the result, especially as we knew it was going to be tough going to Walsham,” he said.

“They took the game to us in the first 45 minutes, but we went up two or three gears in the second half, which allowed to dominate large periods and put us in a better position to play to our gameplan.

“We have some very strong players at the back and throughout the side we have good ball players and we enjoyed a lot of success out wide.”

Bury will welcome rivals Colchester to The Haberden tomorrow (3pm) and after their 43-10 win over Braintree on the opening day, the coach is relishing the opportunity for his side to test their promotion credentials as he looks to maintain a strong start to the new season.

“I think most people will recognise that Colchester will be one of the teams at the top end of the table and with it being a sort of local derby it could potentially go either way,” he added.

“Hopefully with us being at home it will work in our favour and we can continue our performance from the opening game.

“It will be a good way to test ourselves and see how much we have progressed from last season and through pre-season.

“I want a strong start to this season. That was our problem last season and although we are aiming to do better than in the last campaign we are taking it one game at a time.”