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Bishop's Stortford looking to bounce back from defeat to Blackheath when they visit Cinderford in National League 1

Andy Long was left with mixed emotions after Bishop's Stortford lost 19-14 at Blackheath in National League 1 on Saturday.

The director of rugby, who saw his side come back from 14-0 down to level things up by half time before conceding an unconverted try in the second period, was positive about the comeback but disappointed they were not ruthless enough to win.

"They scored two quick tries and it was disappointing to allow them to score quite easily," said Long, whose side are away again this Saturday at Cinderford.

Bishop's Stortford director of rugby Andy Long
Bishop's Stortford director of rugby Andy Long

"After that opening 15 minutes I thought we played some really good rugby and showed some great character to stem the tide and get back to 14-14.

"I thought we were set to turn the screw and in the second half we'd put them under enough pressure to score, but unfortunately we didn't show good enough discipline and weren't clinical enough. We couldn't find the killer blow.

"We go again this Saturday at Cinderford. If we can put our best performance out there then I've no doubt we can put ourselves in a position to win."

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