Hogg more than happy to stick with a winning side

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Bury St Edmunds coach Gavin Hogg has conceded he may have no need to change his starting line-up ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Barnes (3pm), despite the return to fitness of key two players.

The admission came after The Haberden-based outfit bounced back from a 20-15 defeat to Tring with a hard-fought 20-13 victory away at Basingstoke, a first win of the new year.

Despite being boosted with the returns of Tanimo Somoa and Sam Bixby, Hogg — whose side sit fifth in SSE National Three London and South East — conceded he is happy to stick with a winning formula.

“We will have Tanimo and Sam back in contention, but after last week’s performance it will be hard to replace any of the guys,” he said. “I was delighted to get back to winning ways and it was pleasing to see some of the phases of play we worked on.

“I’m surprised with where Barnes are in the league because they are better than their position.

“However, with our confidence levels we are confident of another victory.”

One player to particularly impress Hogg was new addition Jesse Rush, with the head coach expecting a big impact from the New Zealand arrival.

“Jesse has represented the Tasman region, so we know he has great pedigree,” he added. “He gives us strength in depth and we’re hoping he can develop some of the younger players.

“He is also a very good kicker which can be vital at this level in tight games.”