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Bishop's Stortford aim to halt good home form of Darlington Mowden Park in National League 1




Bishop's Stortford will look to continue their good start to 2020 when they visit Darlington Mowden Park this Saturday.

Andy Long's men began the year with a 29-15 success over Birmingham Moseley at Silver Leys at the weekend as they notched their fifth consecutive home win in National League 1.

And the ninth-placed side will need to be on top form again when they make the long trip to County Durham as Darlington, who sit seventh, have won four on the spin at home themselves, including racking up 23 tries in just two games when thrashing Moseley 66-8 and Hull Ionians 92-7.

"It was good to get another win at home and now we move on to play Darlington, who are probably one of the most potent attacking teams in the league," said director of rugby Long.

"Clearly we're going to have to defend well when we don't have the ball, but when we do have the ball we'll have to look after it.

"We've got to put our attacking game on the field and it's all set up to be a pretty exciting game.

"There's no pressure on us in terms of the league, but the pressure's there in terms of wanting to put in a performance.

"How high up the league can we go? There aren't a lot of points between us in ninth and fifth, so maybe fifth could be our first place come the end of the season."

James Ayrton picked up a head injury at the weekend and faces a couple of weeks out, while Connor Mak is sidelined with a knee problem. Coming into the starting lineup are Rob Duff, Louis Castiglione and Luis Ball, with James Ayrton and Ben Harrison-Price missing out and Baxter Wilson dropping to the bench.


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