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Stortford pull off sensational victory at Blackheath

By Paul Winspear

Alls well at Well Hall after Stortford beat Blackheath 21-19 to close to within a point of them in the National League 1 table
Alls well at Well Hall after Stortford beat Blackheath 21-19 to close to within a point of them in the National League 1 table

Blackheath 19 Bishop's Stortford 21, National League 1

Bishop’s Stortford’s sensational away form in their first ever National League 1 season continued in south-east London this afternoon as they overturned a 19-0 half-time deficit to snatch a late victory at Blackheath.

In pulling off their fourth win in a row, they inflicted on fifth-placed Blackheath their first defeat at home after five successive victories since the start of the season, including three against the teams immediately above them in the table: Darlington Mowden Park, Plymouth Albion and Ampthill.

Sixth-placed Stortford were four points behind Blackheath before the 2pm kick-off, and the hosts’ bonus point for their narrow margin of defeat keeps them one point ahead of their visitors.

It looked bleak at the interval at Well Hall in Eltham for Andy Long’s side as Blackheath controlled the game, most of which was played in Stortford’s half.

Tries from Geoff Griffiths, Joe Tarrant and Harry Bate sent them in at the break 19-0 up, with Tarrant failing to convert his own score.

But second-half tries from loose-head prop Will Roberts, winger Chris Smith and full back Robert Duff, making his debut, all of which were converted by fly half George Cullen, turned things around for the visitors.

It was Stortford’s fourth win from five on the road, after victories at Old Elthamians, Rosslyn Park and Moseley; only leaders Coventry have beaten them.


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