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Bishop's Stortford face huge Bostik League, Premier Division showdown at Carshalton Athletic


By Dave Ryan


It is crunch time for Bishop’s Stortford this Saturday as they travel to Carshalton Athletic looking for an eighth straight win to seal their place in the Bostik League, Premier Division play-offs.

The Blues moved up to fifth with a 3-1 success at Lewes at the weekend before Jamie Cureton’s brace on his 1,000th career appearance helped them see off Brightlingsea Regent 3-2 at home on Monday.

Jamie Cureton and squad with his award and his son Roma. Picture: Vikki Lince
Jamie Cureton and squad with his award and his son Roma. Picture: Vikki Lince

A win against the Surrey side would see the Blues leapfrog their opponents to finish at least fourth in the final table, and they could even finish third and get home advantage in the play-off semi-final in the unlikely event of Tonbridge Angels losing at Potters Bar Town.

Carshalton were Stortford’s first league opponents when Steve Smith and striker Cureton took over as joint-managers from Adam Flint in September, with the pair making an instant impact by masterminding a 3-1 win.

Jamie Cureton in his special 1,000 shirt. Picture: Vikki Lince
Jamie Cureton in his special 1,000 shirt. Picture: Vikki Lince

“It’s another three points and it’s now down to the last game,” said Smith. “It’s what we set out to do when we took over and we’ll go there believing that we can get the result we need. But whatever happens, we have had a great season.

“It was great to have a big crowd behind us over the weekend. I hope we have lots of support at Carshalton to help us get over the line.”

After an incredible run that has seen them record seven consecutive victories to move up from 12th place to fifth, the Blues will visit a Carshalton side who are one point and one position ahead of them in fourth place with 68 points from 41 games.

Prior to Monday’s loss at Tonbridge, the Robins had lost just once in the previous 17 league games, including victories against top-two sides Dorking and Haringey.



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