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Bishop's Stortford drawn away to Isthmian League Premier rivals Cheshunt in third round of Buildbase FA Trophy



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Bishop's Stortford have been handed a Hertfordshire derby at Cheshunt in the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

The in-form sides - the Blues are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions while the Ambers are enjoying a 12-game streak - will meet at Theobalds Lane on Saturday December 18.

Steve Smith's men were 5-1 winners at home to Leiston in the second round at the weekend while their Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division rivals triumphed 2-1 at Vanarama National League South side Chelmsford City.

Cheshunt are playing really well at the moment so it will be a tough game that both sides will think they can win," said Stortford manager Smith.

"It's a great opportunity for both clubs and it will be a good advert for our league. We want to go as far as we can in the Trophy."

The boss was delighted with his team's performance against Leiston and praised the 328 supporters who braved the bad weather to cheer the Blues on to success.

The Blues, who are scheduled to visit Merstham tomorrow night (Tues Nov 30), are at home again on Saturday against Carshalton Athletic (Dec 4) before travelling to Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday (Dec 7).

Frankie Merrifield moved on to 10 goals for the season with a brace in the first nine minutes and missed a penalty, Chris Harris opened his account for the club and Darren Foxley and Ryan Charles were also on target.

And defender Billy Cracknell, who has joined on loan from Colchester United because of injuries to Archie Edwards, Jimmy Wallace and Reiss Chandler, enjoyed a fine debut.

"We started like a house on fire," said Smith. "Jonny Giles put in two fantastic deliveries and Frankie got on the end of both of them.

"We missed the penalty to go 3-0 and then went a bit flat and they got a goal back. Credit to the boys as the second half was probably our best 45 minutes of the season - we were absolutely superb.

"It's all really encouraging and I'm very pleased with how it's going, but we've got to keep our feet on the ground and keep going."



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