As Bury St Edmunds’ incredible 2013 drew to a close with a 72-0 demolition of Barking on Saturday, ambitious head coach Gavin Hogg admitted his thoughts were already starting to turn towards next season.
The upwardly-mobile Suffolk side swept aside a struggling Barking team who were once on the verge of the Championship, but are on the opposite trajectory and seemingly heading back to London One.
After a year in which his side became the invincibles by winning every match on their way to the London One North title and then established themselves in the upper echelons of National Three London and South East, Hogg is not resting on his laurels.
“It’s at this time of year you are starting to have thoughts towards next pre-season,” said the former Stowmarket coach. “If we can finish in the top five of six position we’ve set our sights on this season, hopefully we can took to push on and finish in the top three or four next year.
“If that turns into the top one or two, then great.”
Bury have just one weekend off before returning to their busy National League schedule with a trip to Thurrock on January 4, and Hogg has his sights set on some goals during the remainder of the current campaign.
“We have targeted a couple of results from the first of the season we would like to reverse — Westcombe Park and Guernsey particularly,” he said as his side head into Christmas fifth in the table.