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Stortford can be pretty in pink by beating Fylde on Ladies Day


By Paul Winspear


Brolly good show: Dan Leo in action against Blackheath on a sodden Good Friday at Silver Leys
Brolly good show: Dan Leo in action against Blackheath on a sodden Good Friday at Silver Leys

Andy Long wants Bishop's Stortford to mark their annual Ladies Day by making it back-to-back home wins when relegated Fylde visit Silver Leys on Saturday (3pm).

Silver Leys, Bishops Stortford. BSRFC v Blackheath RFC. Match Action. Declan Caulfield Try. Pic: Vikki Lince
Silver Leys, Bishops Stortford. BSRFC v Blackheath RFC. Match Action. Declan Caulfield Try. Pic: Vikki Lince

The director of rugby was delighted with the endeavour shown by his men as they beat Blackheath 15-5 at home in atrocious conditions on Good Friday.

They now get the chance to avenge a disappointing 29-22 defeat away to Fylde in December – the basement boys have lost 13 matches on the trot since then and were relegated last month after seven seasons at this level – as they enter the final month of the campaign.

And ending the season in the National League 1 top six is still a possibility as they trail sixth-placed Old Elthamians and seventh-placed Birmingham Moseley by four and two points respectively.

“Our last four games are difficult games but winnable games and we’ve got to make sure we keep getting stronger and build each week,” said Long, whose side will wear pink shirts which will be auctioned after the game as part of the fundraising for Target Ovarian Cancer.

BSRFC v Blackheath RFC. Match Action. Pic: Vikki Lince
BSRFC v Blackheath RFC. Match Action. Pic: Vikki Lince

“Our attitude was poor at Fylde and, combined with being on the end of some poor decisions, you can always come away with a bit of a red face.

“We’ve got to make sure we do our process, do our preparation right, analyse everything properly and work out what we have to do to beat these guys.

“They’ve got nothing to lose and success for them now this season could be doing the double over us, so we’ve got to make sure they don’t.

“We’d like to leap above Birmingham and OEs and finish in that sixth spot. It would be nice to finish as the highest promoted team.”

Silver Leys, Bishops Stortford. BSRFC v Blackheath RFC. Match Action. Pic: Vikki Lince
Silver Leys, Bishops Stortford. BSRFC v Blackheath RFC. Match Action. Pic: Vikki Lince

Stortford did their own double over the Easter weekend as the victory over fifth-placed Blackheath, in front of a 749-strong crowd, added to their 21-19 win in the reverse fixture.

Declan Caulfield and Seb Brownhill scored a try apiece, with George Cullen converting one and adding a penalty.

“The conditions were horrific and it wasn’t much of a spectacle I suppose, but I thought we adapted to the conditions better and some of our work up front was excellent,” said Long.

“I thought we were able to put a decent amount of pressure on them, which was pleasing, and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.

Silver Leys, Bishops Stortford. BSRFC v Blackheath RFC. Match Action. Pic: Vikki Lince
Silver Leys, Bishops Stortford. BSRFC v Blackheath RFC. Match Action. Pic: Vikki Lince

“And seeing so many people out supporting the team in those conditions was excellent.”



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