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Isthmian League: Blues boss expects reaction to FA Cup disappointment in home game with Leatherhead




Bishop's Stortford manager Steve Smith expects to see a reaction to their Emirates FA Cup disappointment when they host bottom-of-the-table Leatherhead on Saturday.

The boss felt his side, who had substitute Jack Thomas sent off 20 minutes from time, were second best in the 2-0 home defeat to Bowers & Pitsea in the second qualifying round at the weekend.

And he is hoping some strong words after the match will help them respond positively as they look to extend their three-game unbeaten run in the Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division.

Bishop's Stortford manager Steve Smith during his side's defeat to Bowers & Pitsea in the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup. Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford manager Steve Smith during his side's defeat to Bowers & Pitsea in the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup. Picture: Vikki Lince

"For whatever reason, we didn't play as well as we can," said Smith, whose side also host Enfield Town in the league on Tuesday. "We actually had the best chances of the game and missed some sitters, even though we were second best.

"They bullied us all over the pitch so it was a bad day at the office. We've got better players than them, but we didn't match them physically and they did a job on us.

"There were a few home truths after the game so I'll be looking for a reaction against Leatherhead and Enfield.

"We've got to improve on Saturday, that's for sure. You're going to get hiccups along the way so hopefully we can bounce back."

Smith said the referee apologised after the game for sending Thomas off, but he is unsure whether the red card will be rescinded. If it is not, he faces a three-game suspension.



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