Sudbury’s Adam Mansfield is remaining wary of Bury St Edmunds ahead of Saturday’s derby, despite their rivals’ disastrous current EAPL form.
The two clubs meet at Friars Street this weekend (11am) to resume their rivalry for the first time in the current East Anglain Premier League campaign.
And although his side currently sit five places above and 20 points better off than their winless Suffolk counterparts after the first three games, Mansfield remains wary of the threat of the Victory Ground-based outfit as Sudbury look to bounce back from a seven-wicket defeat to Swardeston at the weekend.
“We’re all excited to resume our rivalry with Bury, for us there is not better game,” he said. “They have not started well, but form doesn’t really matter in a derby and we certainly won’t be taken them lightly.
“They have some very good players and we are well aware of the threat they have within their squad.”
One such threat will come in the familiar form of Sudbury old boy Matt Hunn, with the bowler making his first return to the club since his summer move up the A134 to Bury.
Vice-captain Mansfield has warned against the threat of Hunn, but remains confident of coping with the talented 19-year-old.
“It will be a great test for us to face Matt back here,” he added. “Obviously we have faced him in training over the years, but he has been away with Warwickshire over the winter and looks a lot stronger.
“He took five wickets in Bury’s last match and is bowling well, but if we perform well with the bat then we should be okay.”
An improvement with the bat will be Sudbury’s main objective ahead of Saturday.
A disappointing display at the crease against Swardeston saw only Nathan Poole eclipse the 20-run-mark with 23 as the side capitulated to a disappointing total of just 84.
Mansfield has targeted an improvement as the key for Saturday’s encounter as Sudbury aim to avoid a repeat of last season’s six-wicket defeat in the reverse fixture and continue in their aspirations of improving on a ninth-place finish.
“We need to bat better because with our bowlers we always have a chance,” he said. “We have started the season okay, but need to improve if we are going to finish this better than the last, that is the aim, to be challenging.”