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Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club head up the M11 for a National League 1 derby with Cambridge




Bishop's Stortford will be out to banish the agonising memories of past trips to Cambridge when they visit their derby rivals in National League 1 this Saturday.

A last-gasp penalty condemned Stortford to a 23-22 defeat at Volac Park last season after they had suffered exactly the same fate when going down 22-21 in 2017-18.

Cambridge, who are 12th in the table and five points behind Stortford, also won this season's reverse fixture 36-27 at Silver Leys, so director of rugby Andy Long believes the ninth-placed visitors are the underdogs.

Stortford celebrate the first of Chris Smith's two tries in the win over Sale. Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford celebrate the first of Chris Smith's two tries in the win over Sale. Picture: Vikki Lince

"Cambridge played better than we did earlier in the season and this will be a good test to see how far we've developed as a group," said Long, whose side made it four home wins on the bounce by beating Sale FC 26-19 at the weekend.

"They probably have the favourites tag with the way the results have gone in the games between us, so we definitely go there as underdogs.

"The games tend to be lively and the supporters will have that festive spirit, so it's sure to be a great occasion.

"We'll do our homework and make sure we step forward to meet the challenge."

Chris Smith, who scored two tries in the win over Sale, and Ben Harrison-Price will both be assessed after picking up shoulder injuries while Will Roberts is also a doubt with a damaged chest muscle. Dec Caulfield is ruled out with a hamstring problem but James Thacker should return following concussion.



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