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Bishop's Stortford manager Steve Smith preparing for '16 cup finals' in Isthmian Premier promotion race

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Steve Smith has told his Bishop's Stortford players to treat every game between now and the end of the season like a cup final as they aim to secure promotion.

The manager saw Mark Haines, Chris Harris, Jonny Giles and Anthony Church get the goals in a 4-1 home win over Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division strugglers East Thurrock United at the weekend.

And the Blues, who went on to beat mid-table Bognor Regis Town 3-1 on Tuesday night thanks to goals from Harris, Frankie Merrifield and Darren Foxley, travel to basement boys Leatherhead on Saturday.

Smith's men are fourth in the table having reduced the gap to leaders Worthing by two points to seven and they take on the table-toppers at the R&D Advisors UK Stadium on February 19.

"I've said to the boys that we've got 16 cup finals left that we want to win and see where it gets us," said the boss.

"There's all to play for and we've got to keep doing it. We're playing good football, scoring plenty of goals and hopefully people are enjoying it.

Action from the Blues' win over East Thurrock United. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (54454651)
Action from the Blues' win over East Thurrock United. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (54454651)

"I'm trying not to get excited. We've got to keep our feet on the ground."

Defender Archie Edwards was on the bench against East Thurrock and Bognor after returning from a lengthy injury absence, but Ryan Charles was forced off early in the second period with a back problem against the former.

Smith had been hoping to have new recruit Oliver Peters in his squad for both matches after completing the signing of the former AFC Sudbury midfielder last week.

But the playmaker, who has most recently been in America playing for Georgia Revolution, turned his ankle towards the end of last Thursday's training session and he is touch and go to feature at Leatherhead.

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