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Anthony Church, James Thomas and Mark Haines could return for Bishop's Stortford against Cheshunt in Isthmian Premier on New Year's Day

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Bishop’s Stortford will be out for revenge when they entertain promotion rivals Cheshunt on New Year’s Day.

The sides are locked together on 38 points in the Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division and a win for the fourth-placed Blues would see them leapfrog their opponents.

And victory for Stortford would avenge December 18’s defeat at Cheshunt – who are 16 games unbeaten in all competitions – in the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy on penalties.

The Blues go into the contest against the Ambers at the R&D Advisors UK Stadium on Saturday on the back of a 3-1 success at Bowers & Pitsea on Monday.

Steve Smith’s men extended their unbeaten run in the league to 13 matches thanks to super strikes from Chris Harris, Frankie Merrifield and Jonny Giles despite a host of absentees.

“We went there with eight first-team players missing, but we still had a decent side out and it was up there as our second best, if not the best, performance of the season,” said manager Smith.

“I’d have taken a point before the game with the build-up we had, but the boys keep on producing. We were good all over the pitch and scored three quality goals.

“There’s a lot of confidence in the camp and now we’ve got another massive home game against Cheshunt. They’ll come here expecting to get something, but the way we’re playing we’re more than capable of getting a result.”

Smith, who hopes to have Anthony Church, James Thomas and Mark Haines back available for the Cheshunt game, also praised the army of Blues fans who travelled to Bowers & Pitsea, adding: “People are buying into it and going on the journey with us.”

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