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Bishop's Stortford look to confirm second spot in Isthmian League Premier at home to Cray Wanderers ahead of play-off semi-final



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Get down to the R&D Advisors UK Stadium and do your bit to help Bishop's Stortford complete their promotion mission and secure a place in Vanarama National League South.

The Blues are at home to relegation-battling Cray Wanderers tomorrow (Saturday April 23) in their final game of the regular season before preparing for a huge home match in the play-off semi-finals on Wednesday (April 27).

Stortford are almost certain to finish second in the Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division as they have a three-point lead over third-placed Hornchurch and a goal difference superior by six.

The Blues are hoping to be all smiles as they go for promotion. Picture: Nathan Cracknell
The Blues are hoping to be all smiles as they go for promotion. Picture: Nathan Cracknell

And finishing as runners-up would also guarantee them home advantage if they were to reach the play-off final, which takes place on bank holiday Monday (May 2).

The Blues' semi-final opponents are likely to be fifth-placed Cheshunt, who they lost to 1-0 away from home on Easter Monday as their 17-game unbeaten run was halted and they conceded for the first time in a club record 1,088 minutes.

"We're looking to bounce back on Saturday with a positive performance to go into the play-off next Wednesday night," said manager Steve Smith. "These are two massive games.

"There's plenty to look forward to and hopefully we can come out of it on the right side.

"It would be nice to get everyone down there for these next couple of games and then hopefully the final as well."

Stortford went into the Cheshunt match on the back of a 3-0 home win over Potters Bar Town on Saturday.

Top scorer Frankie Merrifield, who has notched 21 goals, went off with an ankle injury in that game and missed the Cheshunt trip, but Smith is hoping to have him available for the semi-final.

The boss could also be boosted by the return of Anthony Church and Ben Marlow for the visit of third-from-bottom Cray.



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