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Bury looking to improve on their defence against Barnes

PUBLISHED: 09:07 22 September 2018

David Coutts, clinging onto the ball against Old Elthamians. Coutts will start in the front row for Bury St Edmunds against Barnes today. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

David Coutts, clinging onto the ball against Old Elthamians. Coutts will start in the front row for Bury St Edmunds against Barnes today. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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Even though Bury St Edmunds rattled up 70 points in their previous match, head coach Jon Curry insists that there is still big room for improvement.

The Wolfpack enjoy home advantage again this afternoon, against Barnes (kick-off 3pm), hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins following on from their opening day 37-45 home defeat to Henley Hawks.

Bury battled to a 39-27 win at Old Albanians on week two, before thumping bad travellers Guernsey 70-26 at The Haberden last weekend.

“We still have an awful lot of things to work on, especially on the defensive side of our game,” insisted Curry.

“We showed some nice attacking moves last weekend, but we need to work on our defence. We are expecting to be up against another good set of forwards this Saturday, although Barnes will probably have a bit more flair and be more of a threat in the three-quarter line.

“It’s always nice to record a big win, in front of your home crowd. It’s a boost for the club, and hopefully we can win again in front of our home supporters this weekend,” added Curry.

Another win is important for Bury today, especially as the following weekend they face what will probably be their biggest test of the season, away at Rams.

Although the new season is only three weeks old, Rams are actually the only side still unbeaten National League Two South.

“I think they are the team to be beat this season,” admitted Curry.

“They have managed to keep virtually the whole of their squad from last season, so I see them as odds-on favourites to win the league.”

BURY: Robinson, Torpey, Coutts, Stanley, Graham, Bixby, Watson, Browne. Adams, Perez, Wiltshire, Leng, Catuogno, Sharpe, Ritchie. Replacements: Hill, Uri, Brown, Hasenlechner, Button.

Elsewhere, rampant Colchester will be targeting a fourth win from four starts, in London One North, when they entertain Old Priorians this afternoon (3pm).

Colchester hammered Ruislip 87-0 at home last weekend, having previously claimed big victories at Sudbury (37-17) and against (55-5). They are top with 15 points alongside Rochford Hundred an North Walsham.

Sudbury at home to Luton, while Diss entertain Eton Manor.

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