Bury Saints are urging the wider community to show their support in the club’s final home game of the campaign on Sunday (2.30pm).
Chris Wallis’ side are preparing to welcome the Ouse Valley Eagles to Robinson Fields, Thurston for their British and American Football Association National League South East Division encounter and are hopeful of enticing a big crowd along.
There will be free entry on the day with entertainment from the Bury Saints Cheerleaders on offer as well as an authentic American barbecue and fully licensed bar.
The club head into the encounter on the back of a disappointing 27-26 defeat to the Watford Cheetahs where a thrilling final quarter ultimately ended in heartbreak.
The Cheetahs came into the game needing a win to secure the title and they raced into a 20-8 lead at half-time, Steve Noble scoring from a yard out for the Saints.
Watford dominated much of the third quarter but it was the Saints who reduced the deficit further when Trevor McBride found Dan Garrard with a scoring pass, the two-point conversion taking the score to 20-14 at the break.
The fourth quarter exploded into life with the Cheetahs qyickly added another touchdown to extend their lead to 27-14 but the Saints refused to give up.
An immediate response saw Noble again find Garrard for a 62-yard run touchdown before Noble picked out Chris May with a scoring pass to see the score stand at 27-26.
The two-point conversion would have seen the comeback complete but Noble’s pass fell agonisingly short as the Saints lost by one point.