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Bishop's Stortford can secure Isthmian Premier play-off place with win at Kingstonian as they look to beat Enfield Town and Hornchurch in race for second



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Bishop’s Stortford will secure themselves a play-off spot if they triumph at Kingstonian on Saturday.

The Blues beat rivals Folkestone Invicta 3-0 at home at the weekend to leave them needing just two points from their last four games to seal a place in the Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division’s top five.

But boss Steve Smith and his men want to secure second place – which would give them a home tie in the play-off semi-finals as well as give them home advantage in the final if they reached it – and there is still work to be done on that score.

The Bishop's Stortford players celebrate with the fans after their 3-0 home win over Folkestone Invicta at the weekend. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (55911379)
The Bishop's Stortford players celebrate with the fans after their 3-0 home win over Folkestone Invicta at the weekend. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (55911379)

Second-placed Stortford are just one point clear of Enfield Town in third and three above fourth-placed Hornchurch, who won their game in hand at fellow play-off chasers Cheshunt 2-1 last night.

“We’re trying to get second so we’ve got to keep on going, but we’re in good shape,” said Smith.

“When it comes to the play-offs it can be a bit of a lottery, so being at home would give ourselves the best opportunity.”

Frankie Merrifield got his second hat-trick in five games against Folkestone as the Blues won their fifth match in a row, extended their unbeaten run to 15 outings and kept an astonishing 10th consecutive clean sheet.

“The dressing room has been great from day one,” said Smith. “There’s a great togetherness and everyone wants to achieve the same thing.

“It’s the best dressing room I’ve been in and a lot of the players have said the same thing.

“We’ve got to enjoy it, keep going and hopefully get over the line.”



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