Bury’s director of rugby, Gavin Hogg, has called on his players to up their game for tomorrow’s ‘massive’ match at top two challengers East Grinstead (3pm).
League leaders Bury St Edmunds top National League Three London and South East by six points from Barnes with four games to go, with only first place securing automatic promotion.
A bonus-point win at East Grinstead, coupled with a non-bonus-point defeat for London Irish Wild Geese at Tonbridge Juddians, would effectively seal at least a play-off place, being 15 points clear with 15 to play for and a better points difference. But Hogg says they must raise their performance from a shaky display against Westcombe Park (27-14)before last week’s break.
“I am a little bit disappointed and under-whelmed with how we performed on our home patch,” he said.
“We lacked fluency and always seemed to be one phase out.
“We want to go down there (East Grinstead) and play our attacking brand of rugby.
“It is a massive game Saturday and will certainly go a long way to defining both club’s seasons.
“If they were to come away with anything less than a win, you would have to say they are then out of contention for the top two.
“If we win, it does set things up to be in our hands for the rest of the season.”
Scrum-half Simon Sexton is unlikely to return from injury with New Zealand-born James Stevenson-Wright set to make his second first XV start.