Top-five finish is the aim as season end draws closer

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Gavin Hogg has called on his Bury St Edmunds side to finish a memorable first season in the National League with a flourish.

The club’s head coach and his players have their eyes firmly set on a top-five finish ahead of a tough four-game run-in, which will see them face the runaway top two sides in National League Three London and South East.

But before hosting current leaders Dorking next Saturday and heading to contenders Old Elthamians on the last day of the season, Hogg’s side are aware tomorrow’s trip to west London to face CS Rugby 1863 (10th) (3pm) represents their best chance of victory to hold on to fifth from Guernsey.

“We are happy with how things have gone but we want to feel a sense of achievement at the end of the season and put down foundations to hit the ground running next season,” said Hogg.

“We have a lot to play for and Guernsey in sixth place look to have a kinder fixture list.

“But we do not want to slip down a place and the boys are looking forward to the run-in and are focused on finishing as high up there as we can.”

Bury will be without scrum-half Oscar Lechnar (broken thumb) and centre Casey Stone (Samurai Hong Kong sevens prelude), but talented back row Sam Bixby is set to return.

Hogg admitted to being delighted to have full-back Will Martin back in his side after a lengthy absence, saying he made the difference in the win over East Grinstead last time out.