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Bishop's Stortford captain Sam Winter fractures arm in National League 1 defeat at Leeds Tykes

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Sam Winter could be ruled out until the new year after fracturing his arm in Bishop’s Stortford’s defeat at Leeds Tykes.

The captain was forced off just 15 minutes into the National League 1 contest as his side went down 33-25.

Winter suffered the same injury during the club’s block of friendlies in May, and joint head coach Marcus Cattell fears he could be sidelined for a minimum of two to three months.

Sam Winter (51488813)
Sam Winter (51488813)

Cattell and fellow coach Tom Coleman are yet to decide who will skipper the team when they entertain Taunton Titans at Silver Leys this Saturday.

Both sides go into the contest having just suffered their first defeats of the campaign, with the Somerset outfit, who are one place above Stortford in fifth, having been beaten 40-14 by early pacesetters Rosslyn Park at the weekend.

Austin Pope is set to be ruled out through suspension after being sent off for two yellow cards against the Tykes.

Cattell said the club was awaiting the paperwork to confirm he will receive just a one-week ban.

Reflecting on the Leeds defeat, Cattell said: "It was frustrating as there were some areas of our game that were really positive, but other areas, like our discipline, let us down. That didn't allow us to build momentum or field position. Forty minutes of a game with 14 players is going to be difficult against any opposition.

"The beauty of league rugby is you get another game at the weekend. Taunton have started well, but we'll back ourselves to put in a good performance and get the points on offer.

"If we let the last result get to us then it can snowball, so we just need to take the positives from it, identify the areas we can improve on and try to put together longer periods of good play."

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