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Andy Long wants Bishop's Stortford to come through 'mighty challenge' against Cinderford

Andy Long would love Bishop’s Stortford to come through a “mighty challenge” against Cinderford and take another step towards preserving their National League 1 status.

Victory at Silver Leys this Saturday (3pm) would see them leapfrog their ninth-placed opponents and give them a real chance of finishing in the top half of the table having been under severe threat of relegation for much of the campaign.

Charlie Kingham, Jon George and Will Roberts remain out and are unlikely to feature again this term, but Sam James will return.

“We go into every game wanting to win and try not to look over our shoulder and just focus on what we want to do,” said director of rugby Long, whose side will wear pink as part of the club’s annual Ladies’ Day, which this year is raising funds for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. “We’ve got five games left and we want to win all of them.

“We know how dangerous Cinderford are. We know they’ve got a big and strong forward pack and they’ve got attacking dangers as well. It will be a mighty challenge.

“These next four games before another break week are vitally important, not only in terms of staving off relegation but also to climb the league as we want to finish as high as we can.”

Meanwhile, Stortford’s injury-hit colts were beaten 27-5 at Old Elthamians in the fourth round of the National Cup on Sunday.

Stortford’s try was scored by prop Josh Cilia, who crashed over after sustained pressure on the hosts’ line.

BSRFC colts. Credit: Lesley Sankey (7852917)
BSRFC colts. Credit: Lesley Sankey (7852917)

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