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Bishop's Stortford close to completing incredible escape from relegation in National League 1


By Michael Vaughton


Bishop’s Stortford’s great escape is nearing completion as they prepare to visit Blackheath this Saturday.

The team were rock bottom of National League 1 after January 5’s loss at Birmingham Moseley, but they now sit ninth and are 13 points clear of the drop zone after they made it eight wins out of nine at home to Cinderford at the weekend.

“We’ve focused on how we know we can play,” said director of rugby Andy Long. “We’re top five in the league for the second half of the season.

“We’ve got four difficult games left, but we also feel we’re a difficult side to play against, we’re in form and we’ve got good threats.

“Hopefully if we can get a result at Blackheath – or some points out of the game – then we become totally safe.

Stortford celebrate Andy Christie's late try in the win over Cinderford. Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford celebrate Andy Christie's late try in the win over Cinderford. Picture: Vikki Lince

“That wariness of not wanting to get dragged back down there has given the boys real impetus.”

There was some bad news for Stortford this week after Sean Edwards was forced to retire due to nerve damage in his right arm.

The prop made 168 appearances for the club and helped them win two league titles.

“It’s a huge blow to the club and to Sean,” said Long.

“He’s been a real stalwart and it leaves a pretty big hole.

“His scrummaging was excellent and that won us games over the years.”



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