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Bishop's Stortford overturn 9-point deficit to beat Herts rivals Old Albanians


By Paul Winspear


James Apperley receives his man of the match award from Darrell Clark of sponsor Harlow Agriculture after Bishops Stortfords 18-14 win over Old Albanians
James Apperley receives his man of the match award from Darrell Clark of sponsor Harlow Agriculture after Bishops Stortfords 18-14 win over Old Albanians

Bishop's Stortford 18 Old Albanians 14, National League 1

Bishop’s Stortford made it three wins in a row in National League 1 as they overturned a 14-5 deficit to beat Hertfordshire rivals Old Albanians 18-14 at Silver Leys.

Andy Long’s side scored the first try as a result of an individual effort by full back Nick Hankin, who bounced off a tackler to score wide left and make it 5-0.

But OAs bounced back themselves with two tries, the first under the posts after poor close-quarter defence by Stortford and the second resulting from a string of errors by the hosts who had had a penalty in the visitors’ half. Both tries were converted to put OAs 14-5 ahead.

Scrum half Tommy Banks, back after six weeks out and in for last week’s Moseley match-winner Alex Patton, kicked a penalty on the stroke of half time to reduce the arrears to 14-8.

In the second half, with the wind at their backs, Stortford made the most of a yellow card for OAs’ No 3 Taylor Reed, as a driving maul resulted in Declan Caulfield scoring a try for which Banks failed to add the extras, leaving the hosts one point adrift.

But Stortford made their second-half superiority tell in the end as replacement Seb Brownhill went over for the match-winning try, which again Banks failed to convert.

The win leaves Stortford sixth in the table ahead of their visit to second-placed Blackheath next Saturday.

Bishop’s Stortford: Nick Hankin, Chris Smith, Sam Winter (c), Johnny Neville, Jimmy Rea, Matt Riddington, Tommy Banks; Will Roberts, Declan Caulfield, Sean Edwards, James Apperley, Matt Tomlinson, Oli Jones, Rory Banks, Dan Leo. Replacements: Seb Brownhill, Tom McCrone, Dan Elsom, Conor Austin.



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