Gavin Hogg is desperate for Bury rugby to fulfil his perfectly scripted ending to their season ahead of a blockbuster title decider at rivals Barnes.
The scene is set for Bury to seal the National League Three South East championship and promotion in London tomorrow (3pm) with just their nearest rivals standing in their way of another historic moment.
A season’s best 72-0 rout over Chichester and Barnes’ failure to pick up a bonus point in a 17-9 win at Amersham and Chiltern two weeks ago, has left tomorrow’s hosts six points adrift with two games remaining, leaving the head coach relishing the chance to seal their fate in the crunch clash.
“If I had to write a script of winning the championship then this is the perfect way it would have happened, turning our nearest rivals over in front of their own fans at their home ground, we’re relishing the opportunity,” he said.
“We don’t underestimate the challenge of Barnes but we are a very confident and the belief is there from our recent performances.
“I’ve always been a firm believer that the table doesn’t lie and we deserve to be where we are. Now we have to show why we are number one.
“We came into the season with aspirations of improving from last year and targeted a top five place with a focus on challenging more next season.
“But that is all credit to the players who have managed to string the results together and allow us to have the aspirations of winning the title.
“Promotion is an ambition of everyone at the club and there is a great deal of excitement. It would be fantastic to experience those long trips away in the next division.
“However, we have to stay focused, get the job done and then we can enjoy what it brings.”
Another person who will be desperate for the Haberden-based side to seal promotion tomorrow is chairman Mike Robinson, who is set to miss the final game of the season, at home to Gravesend.
He will be among a large travelling contingent hoping to roar Bury on to the title with Hogg keen to repay the ever-present support and faith shown in his side in the best possible fashion.
“At the last count I believe there was four coaches travelling to the game, which is a fantastic level of support for people who have to give up their day,” he added.
“That gives us the possibility of having a great crowd which will give a massive boost to the players who I know appreciate it.
“We will want to repay that faith shown in us and I think it makes it even more special, winning away and enjoying the journey back together.
“Being in this position is a fantastic achievement and now we have to be committed to take our opportunity and put on a worthy performance.”
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