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Bishop's Stortford v Kingstonian: Ryan Charles faces fitness test ahead of Blues' first home league game of the season

Ryan Charles faces a fitness test ahead of Bishop’s Stortford’s first home league game of the season against Kingstonian on Saturday (3pm).

The attacker was on the receiving end of a high tackle from Bognor Regis Town captain Craig Robson, which earned him a straight red card, as the Blues began their Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division campaign with a 0-0 draw in West Sussex.

Charles, nicknamed Spider, will have the thigh injury assessed and could be okay to play, but defender Rio Davidson-Phipps is likely to be out for a couple of weeks after being substituted in the first half with a knee problem.

Ryan Charles. Picture: Nathan Cracknell
Ryan Charles. Picture: Nathan Cracknell

Blues manager Steve Smith was content with a point and a clean sheet on the opening day, despite playing against 10 men for 65 minutes, having had to negotiate a Covid- and injury-hit pre-season.

The team now prepare to take on the K’s, who won at home on the opening day for the first time in 15 years when they beat Haringey Borough 1-0.

“I think the draw was a fair result,” said Smith, whose side were due to play a Southend United XI in a behind-closed-doors friendly last night.

“I said to the lads afterwards it was maybe two points dropped, but I’d have taken a point before the game as they’re a good side and it’s never going to be easy down there.

“In general I was quite happy with the performance. A lot of the lads hadn’t really played and some of them were blowing in the last 10 minutes, so I’m happy with the start.

“We had Kingstonian watched on Saturday and they’re another good side with a big budget who you’d expect to be at the top of the league.

“It’s going to be a hard game for sure, but we’re at home and hopefully the lads will put in another performance. We’re looking forward to it.”

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