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Coach Tom Coleman wants Bishop's Stortford to use victory over leaders Rosslyn Park as springboard to National League 1 survival



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Tom Coleman wants Bishop's Stortford to use their huge victory over leaders Rosslyn Park as a springboard to help them continue climbing the National League 1 table.

The joint head coach saw his side run in six tries to secure a brilliant 36-24 victory over the table-toppers at Silver Leys on Saturday.

Joss Linney and Josh Stannard got two apiece and there was one each for Sam Bryan and Harry Charter as they claimed the maximum five points and inflicted only a third defeat of the season on the visitors.

Sam Bryan is congratulated by Josh Stannard as the pair combined for Stortford's first try. Picture: Vikki Lince
Sam Bryan is congratulated by Josh Stannard as the pair combined for Stortford's first try. Picture: Vikki Lince

Stortford are now three games unbeaten since losing their first game after Christmas at Plymouth and are up to ninth. More importantly they are now nine points clear of the bottom three, although they do all have two games in hand.

"It was a great win. The boys played really well, executed the game plan well and thoroughly deserved the win," said Coleman.

"We showed amazing resilience to keep them out at times and went up the other end and showed them what we could do.

"As a group we'd spoken about how we'd not beaten one of the so-called top sides for a while and the buzz that gives the club and the importance of doing it.

"At no point have we lost faith in the players or each other. All you can do is keep working hard, hope the luck turns and that you get a performance.

"Since Plymouth we've put together a string of games where we've had consistency.

"Winning gives you so much energy and positivity. We need to jump on that and carry it on for the rest of the season."

Fly-half Alfie Orchard, who has been on the club's books for a couple of seasons but been unlucky with injuries, enjoyed a fine debut in the victory. He and his team-mates now get a weekend off to rest before entertaining third-from-bottom Darlington Mowden Park on February 12.



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