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Tom Coleman, Matt Tomlinson and Steve Ball retiring after Bishop's Stortford's match at Darlington Mowden Park


By Michael Vaughton


Three more club stalwarts will say their playing farewells when Bishop’s Stortford end their National League 1 campaign at Darlington Mowden Park on Saturday.

Steve Ball, Matt Tomlinson and Tom Coleman are all retiring at the final whistle, with the latter remaining in a coaching role.

Tom Coleman. Picture: Vikki Lince
Tom Coleman. Picture: Vikki Lince

Between them and Mark McCraith, who played his last game for the Silver Leys club against Old Elthamians on April 13, they have more than 40 years’ first-team service between them.

“All three have been hugely influential and helped us build our success,” said director of rugby Andy Long.

Steve Ball. Picture: Vikki Lince
Steve Ball. Picture: Vikki Lince

“There is always transition and times of change and it’s about how you react to that. We’ve got to see it as a positive.

“It does leave a huge hole, but it’s a chance for others to step up. We can bring through more young players as well as looking to recruit.”

Stortford go into Saturday’s game in ninth place, still with a chance of matching last term’s seventh-place finish.

Matt Tomlinson. Picture: Vikki Lince
Matt Tomlinson. Picture: Vikki Lince


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