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National League 1: Joint head coach Marcus Cattell wants Bishop's Stortford to take positives from Plymouth Albion win into Leeds Tykes match




Marcus Cattell was pleased to see a half-time team talk pay dividends as Bishop's Stortford came from behind to beat Plymouth Albion on Saturday.

He and fellow joint head coach Tom Coleman saw the hosts overturn a 16-point deficit at the break to win the National League 1 contest 32-19 at Silver Leys, with the visitors' indiscipline in the second period resulting in them having players yellow-carded in the 50th, 60th and 70th minutes.

Stortford go into this weekend's trip to Leeds Tykes – who were relegated from the Championship in 2019-20 – unbeaten and sitting sixth in the fledgling table.

Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176880)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176880)

"We made a slow start and gave Plymouth a leg-up in the game," said Cattell. "We didn't hold on to the ball for long enough periods and were inaccurate in certain areas.

"Fair play to Plymouth as they put us under a lot of pressure and we got frustrated and made some poor decisions.

"We made a few changes at half time that had a positive impact and it was a good second-half performance. The momentum shifted and the referee rewarded the team in the ascendancy, which was us."

Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176859)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176859)

This Saturday's opponents Leeds have started with back-to-back defeats, conceding 101 points in the process.

"If you give any side at this level a sniff you can get beaten, so we'll go there with the utmost respect and go about our job to the best of our ability," said Cattell.

Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176871)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176871)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176874)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176874)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176876)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176876)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176878)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176878)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176882)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176882)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176886)
Rugby Union - Bishop's Stortford v Plymouth Albion - National League 1 - Silver Leys - 11 September 2021 Mandatory Credit: Andy Todd (51176886)


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