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Bishop's Stortford captain Ryan Henshaw and striker Frankie Merrifield hope to be fit for Isthmian League match at Worthing



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Bishop's Stortford could be without captain Ryan Henshaw when they visit high-flying Worthing on Saturday.

The skipper was forced off after just 10 minutes of the Blues' 7-0 home win over Leatherhead on September 25 with a groin problem.

Manager Steve Smith – who has been named the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division's Vita Risk Solutions Manager of the Month for September – said that it was "touch and go" whether the defender would be available for the trip to the South Coast. The boss will definitely be without suspended midfielder Jack Thomas, but striker Frankie Merrifield (knee) hopes to be fit.

Blues captain Ryan Henshaw is an injury doubt for their trip to Worthing. Pic: Nathan Cracknell (51975488)
Blues captain Ryan Henshaw is an injury doubt for their trip to Worthing. Pic: Nathan Cracknell (51975488)

Worthing sit second in the table – ahead of last night's scheduled fixtures – while 10th-placed Stortford are on a three-game winning streak in the league.

"Worthing are a decent side. They've got a 3G pitch and they pass the ball well," said Smith, whose side are due to host Haringey Borough next Tuesday (October 12).

"They get good crowds, have got a good manager in Adam Hinshelwood and they'll be there or thereabouts.

"It's a difficult place to go and get a result, but we've been playing well and we'll be ready for the challenge. It should be a good game and I'm looking forward to it."

The match at the Crucial Environmental Stadium will be the Blues' first outing for a fortnight after postponements of a home game against Enfield Town and a trip to Corinthian-Casuals. The latter has been rearranged for Tuesday October 26.

The 7-0 drubbing of Leatherhead last time out has earned Stortford the Premier Division's Performance of the Month prize while goalkeeper Jack Giddens picked up the league's AB1-sponsored Golden Gloves accolade for two clean sheets in three games.



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