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Bishop’s Stortford manager Steve Smith hears rumours club will be put in Southern League following National League North relegation

Steve Smith says Bishop’s Stortford will “take what comes” if they are placed in the Pitching In Southern League, Premier Central next term.

The Blues manager and owner, who saw his side end a run of 18 consecutive Vanarama National League North defeats by beating Banbury United 3-1 at home on Easter Monday, knows his side are getting relegated back to step three after an extremely tough campaign.

But they could drop down to the Southern League rather than be handed a return to the Isthmian League, Premier Division.

Although it could mean Hertfordshire derbies against the likes of Royston Town and Hitchin Town, it may also result in trips to the likes of Halesowen Town, Stourbridge and Bromsgrove Sporting in the Midlands.

“There are rumours we’ll go into the Southern Premier Central, which wouldn’t be ideal,” said Smith, whose side visit South Shields on Saturday (April 6) before also going to Rushall Olympic next Tuesday (April 9).

“But you’ve still got travelling in the Isthmian Premier to places like Lewes and Bognor Regis, and Eastbourne if they go down. We’ve got to take what comes.”

Bishop's Stortford manager Steve Smith. Picture: Gerred Gilronan
Bishop's Stortford manager Steve Smith. Picture: Gerred Gilronan

Stortford’s victory over the Puritans on Easter Monday was their first at home in the league for almost five months. It came after Smith was largely pleased with his side’s performances in away defeats to Southport and Tamworth last Tuesday (March 26) and Good Friday respectively.

The boss gave 17-year-old academy prospect Aiden Harvey the full 90 minutes at centre-back against Banbury and was delighted with his display.

“He’s got huge potential and we were well pleased with him,” said Smith, who hopes to have him in his first-team plans next term.

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