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Bishop's Stortford miss out on Bostik League, Premier Division play-offs after defeat at Carshalton Athletic


By Dave Ryan


Steve Smith was proud of his Bishop’s Stortford players as their dramatic bid for a play-off place ended in heartbreak at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday.

The Blues went down 2-1 as they fell at the final hurdle having started the day inside the Bostik League, Premier Division top five.

But it has still been a tremendous effort by the team under the leadership of joint-bosses Steve Smith and Jamie Cureton, who took over from Adam Flint when they had won just one of their opening nine matches of the season in all competitions.

“I’m gutted, but so proud of all the boys,” said Smith, whose side finished seventh in the standings.

The Stortford players thank the travelling fans for their backing after the Carshalton defeat. Credit: Nathan Cracknell (9382416)
The Stortford players thank the travelling fans for their backing after the Carshalton defeat. Credit: Nathan Cracknell (9382416)

“It’s been a great effort over the last few weeks, but things didn’t drop for us.

“We conceded two early goals which killed us, but bounced back, got the goal and, on another day, could have easily been level by half time. In the second half we battered them, but it wasn’t to be.

“I’d like to thank everyone for some fantastic support and throughout the season.

“Hopefully I’ll see a lot of fans at the awards evening this Saturday.

“For those that are not there, I hope you have enjoyed the season and you’ll all be there supporting us next season.”

The awards evening is in the Mitre Suite from 7pm this Saturday. Tickets, available on the door, cost £5.



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