Gavin Hogg is looking for a home victory over Old Ethamians tomorrow (3pm) to kickstart a run that would ease Bury St Edmunds’ relegation fears heading into the Christmas break, writes Russell Claydon.
After last week’s enforced break for all teams, for the Rugby World Cup final (see Andy Gomarsall’s take on it on page 148), the Haberden outfit have seven games until their next, more extended, rest.
And by then director of rugby Hogg is hoping he will be able to put his feet up with the family over the festive period in the knowledge that safety is very much in sight.
“We were always conscious that we were starting this season off with an extended period where we were set to face the teams who have aspirations of finishing in the top echelons of the table, and that has proved to be the way things have unfolded so far,” he said.
“It was therefore always going to be a bit of a stretch to string together a winning run in this period.
“But before Christmas we now have a run of games against sides that are around and below us in the table, so we have targeted this run of seven games to hopefully get a bit of consistency in our results.”
Since their promotion to National League Two South, Bury are yet to register back-to-back victories in their maiden season in the country’s top 72 clubs.
But with a rest having allowed some weary bodies to recover, having started training again back in June, Hogg believes his side have a very good chance to do just that in front of their own supporters tomorrow.
“Four of those seven are home games and we’ll be targeting favourable results in those,” he said.
Aaron Waters (shoulder) who requires surgery, and Ollie Watson (ankle) are both long-term absentees while Beau Gibson (knee) and Sam Goatley (concussion) will not be risked tomorrow.