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Aaron Greene, Mark Haines and Alfie Mason are injury doubts for Bishop's Stortford ahead of BetVictor Isthmian League opener against Bognor Regis Town


By Dave Ryan


Bishop's Stortford are facing an injury crisis as they prepare to host Bognor Regis Town in their BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division opener this Saturday.

Mark Haines and Alfie Mason are both struggling with back injuries while winger Aaron Greene limped out of the weekend's 3-2 friendly win against Histon with a knee problem.

Recent games have seen the Blues name only three substitutes, but they still finished their seven-match pre-season campaign unbeaten and joint-boss Steve Smith is pleased with their form.

Blues' Aaron Greene is one of three players rated doubtful for the match against Bognor Regis Town. Picture: Nathan Cracknell
Blues' Aaron Greene is one of three players rated doubtful for the match against Bognor Regis Town. Picture: Nathan Cracknell

"I think we've looked good going forward and our form has been encouraging," he said.

Blues took only one point against Bognor last season with a 3-0 loss at Nywood Lane in August before a goalless draw in the return, but the Rocks still finished seven places below them in 14th spot.

Their FA Cup campaign lasted a round longer than Stortford's, winning at Whitstable before losing a replay at AFC Sudbury, while in the FA Trophy they beat Bracknell Town on penalties after a replay before losing at Walton Casuals.

The south coast side had a fractious end to their pre-season campaign as they had three players sent off in a 6-1 loss at Gosport Borough on Friday.

Prior to that game the Rocks had had a mixed series of warm-up games, losing 3-1 against Havant & Waterlooville and 2-1 against Portsmouth before drawing 1-1 against Horndean and beating Chichester City 1-0.

Stortford are also in action on Tuesday when they make the short trip to Enfield Town.

The E's were expected to challenge for promotion last season, but finished in 10th spot.

Home advantage proved key in the three meetings between the teams last season, with both sides winning their home league game 2-1 while in the Isthmian League Cup semi-final the E's won 4-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Enfield went on to win the League Cup with a 2-0 win against Hornchurch.

The north London side had a successful pre-season with wins against FC United of Manchester, Chalfont St Peter, Grays Athletic, St Ives and a Tottenham XI, along with losses against Hampton and Royston Town.



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