Hogg hails never-say-die spirit to change fortunes

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BURY St Edmunds player-coach Gavin Hogg believes a change in mental attitude is the main contributing factor behind back-to-back wins, after a 49-8 victory away to London One North basement side Braintree on Saturday.

After enduring stuttering form at the end of October, in which the club went two games without a win, drawing to Eton Manor before a disappointing last minute defeat to Ruislip, Bury have bounced back with consecutive wins, following up a 37-21 victory over Brentwood with Saturdays success.

“I think the biggest thing that has changed in recent weeks is our mental attitude,” explained Hogg.

“We are learning to put teams away and we have worked extremely hard on making sure that happens.

“It is that teams get tired in the last twenty minutes so we agreed that we would work hard until the end and make sure in those final moments we are in positions to win matches.”

With a break in League action this weekend, Bury will be travelling to Jersey to take on the Islands’ 2nd XV and Hogg explained he will be taking the opportunity to cast an eye over some of his fringe players.

“We are taking five or six of the fringe players along with us this weekend,” he added.

“It will a great chance for them to see if they can mix into the first fifteen and also give them a bit of game time against some strong opposition.

On their return, the team face a daunting December beginning with a trip to Hammersmith and Fulham on Saturday, 3rd December. Despite sitting in eleventh place in the league, Hogg has warned his squad against complacency.

“A month or so ago it would have been a match that we would have confident of claiming a convincing victory,” he said.

“However their recent results have been strong and we know it will be a tough, we can not take it easy.

“We go there focused and as we have been doing, try and get into a position to claim a win.”

n Meanwhile, while the first team are away, Bury Wolves are honoured to be entertaining a team from The Household Cavalry in a memorial game for Jo Woodgate from Lavenham, who was tragically killed in Afghanistan recently.

The game kicks off at 2.30pm and all money raised will be going to the British Legion and Household Cavalry Operation.