Success is vital as Hogg’s men near the game of the season

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Victory at Westcliff is vital for Bury St Edmunds tomorrow (2pm) if they are going to enter their biggest game of the season vying for the top of National Three London and South East.

Gavin Hogg’s charges capitalised on a 14-9 defeat for leaders London Irish Wild Geese at Hertford after overcoming a major scare against relegation-threatened Tring to win 42-22 on Saturday.

That put Bury level on points with the Wild Geese and both have one more game before their titanic clash at The Haberden on January 31.

“We want to go into that game with something to play for in terms of opening up a gap,” said director of rugby Hogg. “We don’t want to go into that game needing to win just to get back on terms with them.”

Bury had to deal with injury and suspension problems on Saturday, but captain Chris Snelling should be back in contention after overcoming a knee problem.

Although they lost prop Ben Cooper (back) early on in the victory over Tring, his absence tomorrow will be negated by the return of Loma Kivalu (suspension) and Beau Gibson (knee) to

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