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Bishop's Stortford stalwart prepares for last match before retirement against Old Elthamians

Mark McCraith has been hailed as a “warrior” ahead of his last match for Bishop’s Stortford.

The long-serving forward is retiring at the end of the season, so this Saturday’s home game against Old Elthamians in National League 1 will be his final one at Silver Leys. It will also be his farewell appearance for the club as his partner is due to give birth and he will miss the trip to Darlington on April 27.

Mark McCraith. Picture: Vikki Lince
Mark McCraith. Picture: Vikki Lince

“He’s been a stalwart for so many years and a real warrior,” said director of rugby Andy Long. “He’s put his body on the line and his commitment has been immense.

“For me, he’s been a stand-out player. Hopefully we can give him the send-off he deserves.”

Stortford lost 41-35 at Rotherham Titans at the weekend, but two bonus points saw them move up to seventh. It means they are in the position they finished last season, despite having been bottom in January.

“It’s quite remarkable,” said Long. “It’s testament to the attitude, endeavour and work rate of the whole squad.”

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