Bishop's Stortford start preparations for National League 1 campaign in earnest with friendly at Bury St Edmunds
Bishop's Stortford will begin their preparations for the 2021-22 National League 1 campaign in earnest when they travel to Bury St Edmunds in a pre-season friendly on Saturday (2pm).
Stortford had been due to entertain Westcliff at Silver Leys that afternoon, but their opponents were forced to pull out of the game due to unexpected player availability issues.
The contest will see the return of mauls and scrums after the ending of coronavirus restrictions.
"We're very excited about our first pre-season game and it should be a good run-out," said joint head coach Marcus Cattell.
"We'll probably use a 26-man squad and the scrums and mauls will be closely monitored for safety."
Cattell said Stortford's pre-season training had suffered some disruption due to coronavirus cases, players being pinged by the NHS Covid-19 app and holidays.
But the players were put through their paces at the weekend with a team-building getaway in Kent, where they took on Army-style challenges and obstacle courses.
Meanwhile, Stortford have been told National League 1 will comprise just 15 teams this season following the withdrawal of Old Elthamians. Stortford were due to welcome them to Silver Leys on October 30 and play them away on March 5.