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National League 1: Momentum crucial for resurgent Stortford going into Darlington Mowden Park clash



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Marcus Cattell has called on his Bishop's Stortford players to embrace the feel-good factor when they host Darlington Mowden Park on Saturday.

The joint head coach saw his team secure an impressive and important 36-24 home win over National League 1 leaders Rosslyn Park last time out.

After a weekend off, ninth-placed Stortford now welcome third-from-bottom Darlington to Silver Leys as they aim to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.

"We've put the league on notice after beating Rosslyn Park, but the challenge now is to reach those same levels on Saturday," said Cattell.

"We're confident we can do that to enable us to put in another great performance, and hopefully the result will follow.

"We trained last week even though we didn't have a game as we wanted to keep that momentum going.

"We're three unbeaten now and we want to make that four. We want to keep building week on week."

Darlington did play on Saturday and got the better of Blackheath 19-14 while Plymouth Albion beat Leeds Tykes 29-18 and Rams saw off Birmingham Moseley 26-5.

All of those teams, apart from sixth-placed Rams, are below Stortford in the table. Stortford have seen the gap from them in ninth to the bottom three reduced from nine points to five.

Forwards Jacob Wrafter and Tom McCrone could both return for the hosts, but Saracens loanee Toby Knight is unavailable as he is away captaining England in the Under-20 Six Nations.

"It was good to have a week off as it meant we could wrap a few players in cotton wool and it gave the bodies and minds time to rest," said Cattell.

"Darlington are a dangerous side so it will be another good challenge and one that we're excited about."



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