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Isthmian League Premier Division: Steve Smith looking for Bishop's Stortford to kickstart campaign against Carshalton Athletic and Bowers & Pitsea over bank holiday weekend

Steve Smith is looking for Bishop's Stortford to kickstart their Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division campaign when they play two games in three days over the bank holiday weekend.

The Blues manager saw his side lose 5-2 at home to Kingstonian at the weekend, leaving them with one point from their first two outings.

They now travel to Carshalton Athletic, who also have a single point to their name, on Saturday (August 28) before hosting pointless Bowers & Pitsea on Monday (August 30). Both matches kick off at 3pm.

Smith felt things could have been different against the K's had striker Jake Cass buried some early chances, while injuries remain an issue.

"Jake Cass had two great chances before they scored their first goal that could have put us two up," said the boss. "After they scored we equalised to make it 1-1, but we conceded two goals in three minutes straight after half time and that killed us.

"For a lot of our lads this is their pre-season so it will take a couple of weeks for us to get into the flow. We can't make excuses, but I had five boys sitting in the stands and a couple who probably shouldn't have been playing.

Bishop's Stortford striker Jake Cass. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50575259)
Bishop's Stortford striker Jake Cass. Pic: Vikki Lince. (50575259)

"We'll go again and we've got two games coming up in three days, which is going to be tough, but hopefully we can get some points on the board and get up and running."

Meanwhile, Stortford have been drawn at home to Southern League Premier Central side Lowestoft Town in the first qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday September 4.

And they have announced vastly experienced club secretary Fred Plume, who has been with the Blues since 2012, is joining the board of directors.

He previously spent a number of years with Essex Olympian League clubs Ongar Town and Roydon before taking on the role of reserve team secretary at Harlow Town and then enjoying a long spell as secretary at Ware.

A club spokesman said: "[Fred] brings with him a unique knowledge of football administration and operations that will be greatly beneficial as the club executes its exciting future plans."

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