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Bishop's Stortford joint head coach Tom Coleman wants win over Birmingham Moseley to kickstart a run in National League 1 ahead of Blackheath trip

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Tom Coleman hailed his players’ work ethic and character after they returned to winning ways by beating Birmingham Moseley 33-3 at home on Saturday (Nov 20).

The joint head coach saw the hosts score five tries at Silver Leys to secure a bonus point as they brought their five-game losing streak to an emphatic end.

Jack Scantlebury, Chris Smith, Tom Walker, Cole Swannack and Tom Lewis got the five-pointers with Walker converting on four occasions in the National League 1 contest.

“It was a long time coming so it was nice to get the win,” said Coleman, who had last seen his team triumph against Taunton Titans on September 25.

“It’s always difficult when you lose a number of games – even one game – as it can take its toll on the players both mentally and physically.

“The biggest challenge has been keeping spirits high. The players have been fantastic in the way they’ve applied themselves and we’ve always felt we’ve been close to getting results.

Action from Bishop's Stortford's win over Birmingham Moseley. Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206945)
Action from Bishop's Stortford's win over Birmingham Moseley. Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206945)

“We’re delighted with how Saturday went, but we’re also mindful it’s only one game and we want to put a run together now to climb the table.”

The win over Moseley saw Stortford move up one place to 12th. Their next assignment is an away game against Blackheath on Saturday (Nov 27), with their opponents just one place and three points above them in the standings.

“Blackheath are a well coached side that come up with new ideas and ways of playing every season,” said Coleman.

“If we execute our game plan how we want to and the boys have the same attitude they had on Saturday we’ll put ourselves in a good position to win the game.”

Scantlebury will continue to wear the armband in the absence of skipper Sam Winter, who is ruled out until after Christmas with a fractured arm. Stortford also have some other injuries to assess before the trip to south-east London.

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