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Bishop's Stortford taking on Cambridge University as part of Grange Road side's Varsity Match preparations

Bishop’s Stortford head to Cambridge University on Friday night (June 4, 8pm kick-off) on the back of their first post-lockdown loss.

The side went down 34-26 at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday as they lost the third part of their friendly trilogy with the Suffolk club. They had won the previous contests 19-14 away and 28-26 at Silver Leys.

Third time out they scored tries through Ollie Jones, George Cullen, Josh Stannard and Chris Smith while Tom Banks kicked three conversions.

"It was another worthwhile outing for the boys and it brings the total up to 45 players we've used in these games against Bury," said joint head coach Marcus Cattell.

"The objective from these games was to give all the boys some minutes on the pitch as the firsts and the Blues have all trained hard.

"We were very pleased with what we saw. There were lots of positives and we also identified stuff to work on."

Action from Stortford's home game in their Bury St Edmunds trilogy. Pic: Vikki Lince. (47799048)
Action from Stortford's home game in their Bury St Edmunds trilogy. Pic: Vikki Lince. (47799048)

Cattell and Tom Coleman now take their men to Grange Road to take on a Cambridge University squad preparing for their rescheduled Varsity Match against old foes Oxford. The contest between the two rivals has been switched from Twickenham to Leicester’s Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium on July 4.

"We'll be taking quite a big squad of 25 or 26 players up there to play them as part of their Varsity warm-up, so it's quite a prestigious fixture for us," said Cattell. "Their Grange Road ground has got quite a lot of history and some of our boys have played there before."

Meanwhile, Stortford are looking to recruit a lead forwards’ coach and are accepting applications up until Friday June 11.

See www.bsrfc.co.uk for full details.

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