Blues aim to Stik it to Harlow in bank holiday derby
Bishop's Stortford face Harlow on bank holiday Monday for the first time in 17 years, with both sides still looking for their first Bostik League, Premier Division win of the campaign.
An 89th-minute equaliser from debut striker Jake Cass earned Blues a 1-1 home draw with Leatherhead on Saturday and thereby spared Adam Flint’s side a third straight loss following defeats on the road at Enfield Town (2-1) and Bognor Regis Town (3-0).
Meanwhile, Harlow lost 3-2 at Folkestone Invicta and are one of four teams – along with Corinthian-Casuals, Kingstonian and Burgess Hill Town – with just one point from their first four league games. Blues are just above that quartet with two points.
The Harlow v Stortford match will be played on the Hawks’ Barrows Farm 3G surface. Kick-off is 3pm.
The sides last met in Division One of the Isthmian League, which was then the third tier of non-League football.
The Boxing Day meeting at Woodside Park saw the Blues stroll to a 4-1 win in front of a crowd of 717, while the return at the now demolished Harlow Sports Centre on Easter Monday saw Vinnie John score twice in the final five minutes to break the hosts’ hearts and seal a 2-1 win for the Blues.
Last season was disappointing for the Hawks as they flirted with the drop, finishing 21st in what would have normally been a relegation position, with crowds dropping to an average of 208.
The Hawks opened the Bostik League season with a 4-2 loss against Whitehawk. A 1-1 home draw against Burgess Hill Town was followed by a 2-0 loss against Worthing.
Their pre-season campaign saw just one win – a 3-2 success over AFC Sudbury – from seven games. A 7-0 home loss against Leyton Orient was followed by defeats to Chelmsford City, Barking and Cheshunt before home draws against a West Ham XI and Hertford Town.