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Bishop's Stortford joint-manager Steve Smith assessing defensive options ahead of BetVictor Isthmian League game at Kingstonian


By Dave Ryan


Steve Smith is looking at his defensive options after seeing Bishop's Stortford concede nine goals in their last two games.

The Blues' joint-manager watched his side follow up last Tuesday's 5-0 defeat at Enfield Town with a 4-2 loss away to Carshalton Athletic on Saturday.

"I was disappointed again with the result on Saturday," said Smith.

Enfield Town 5 Bishop's Stortford 0. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (15429261)
Enfield Town 5 Bishop's Stortford 0. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (15429261)

"We got off to another dreadful start, conceding after two minutes. Our three centre-halves, who are normally so good, are struggling at the moment. Three of the goals were preventable and we have got to sort it and quick.

"I arranged a friendly at home to Chelmsford City [last night] and to have a look at a couple of alternative options.

"Rest assured I will be working hard to sort it out. We will have Spider [Ryan Charles] back for our next game and Greeny (Aaron Green) might make it, but if not he will be okay for the Cheshunt game."

Enfield Town 5 Bishop's Stortford 0. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (15429256)
Enfield Town 5 Bishop's Stortford 0. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (15429256)

The Blues will look to stop the rot following the two straight losses when they travel to Kingstonian in the BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division on bank holiday Monday.

They are without a game this Saturday as scheduled visitors Cray Wanderers are in Emirates FA Cup action. The fixture has been rearranged for Tuesday, September 17.

Monday's trip to Kingstonian will see the Blues face a side who have drawn their opening three Isthmian League games.

A goalless stalemate against newly-promoted Cray was followed by a 1-1 draw at Wingate & Finchley, while Louie Theophanous hit a 15-minute hat-trick when they were held 3-3 by Margate.

Enfield Town 5 Bishop's Stortford 0. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (15429266)
Enfield Town 5 Bishop's Stortford 0. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (15429266)

The K's spent heavily last summer, including signing former Blues' top scorer Elliott Buchannan, and were expected to challenge for the title.

But a disastrous campaign saw them struggle for long spells and they eventually finished 18th with 45 points from 42 games.

Despite a poor campaign, they did take all six points against the Blues, winning 3-2 at St George's Playing Fields in what proved to be Adam Flint's final game as manager before completing a double with a 3-0 victory at the ProKit UK Stadium.

The Blues will be without forward Luke Callendar as he starts a three-match ban following his red card in the loss at Enfield.

Meanwhile, Stortford have received a bye in the first round of the Herts Senior Cup and will travel to St Albans City in the last 16 on Tuesday, November 9. The winners will entertain Royston Town, Berkhamsted or Boreham Wood in the quarter-finals.



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