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Bishop's Stortford to complete pre-season friendly campaign against Histon


By Dave Ryan


Bishop's Stortford wrap up their pre-season campaign with a visit from old rivals Histon this Saturday (August 3, 3pm) following a hugely successful week for the club.

The Blues battled back brilliantly to draw 3-3 with Sky Bet League Two side Leyton Orient on July 23 before beating Wivenhoe 5-0 at the weekend and Royston 3-1 on Tuesday.

The match against the O's was played in front of an 816-strong crowd at the ProKit UK Stadium, with young members of Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club being part of the pre-match build-up, including forming a guard of honour and being involved in the handshakes.

BSCFC were part of the pre-match build-up when the Blues hosted Leyton Orient. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14442815)
BSCFC were part of the pre-match build-up when the Blues hosted Leyton Orient. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14442815)

And the club held a minute's applause for Orient's late manager Justin Edinburgh as well as raising £483.77 for the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation.

Stortford and this weekend's visitors Histon met in both Conference South and North between 2005 and 2013, with the Blues ruining their opponents' Conference South championship celebrations in April 2007.

After reaching the Conference play-offs in 2007-08, a steady decline saw Histon relegated four times in nine years, before the 2017-18 campaign saw them return to the Eastern Counties League 18 years after they had left it.

BSCFC were part of the pre-match build-up when the Blues hosted Leyton Orient. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14442819)
BSCFC were part of the pre-match build-up when the Blues hosted Leyton Orient. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14442819)

They finished sixth that season before winning the title in 2018-19, taking an impressive 95 points from 38 games.

Their FA Cup campaign brought wins against Peterborough Northern Star and Eynesbury Rovers before a 2-2 at King's Lynn Town was followed by a 7-0 loss in the reply.

There was a similarly bizarre end to their brief FA Vase campaign as they drew 1-1 at AFC Rushden & Diamonds before losing 6-1 at home.

Histon have been placed in the Isthmian League North Division as they face their seventh different league in 13 seasons.

They have played four pre-season games, winning 3-2 at Takeley, drawing 1-1 at Rushden & Diamonds and at home against a Cambridge United XI as well as losing 3-2 at Chatteris Town.



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