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Bishop's Stortford taking on National League 1 basement boys Canterbury at Silver Leys

Andy Long has told his Bishop's Stortford players to ignore the league table when they host basement boys Canterbury this Saturday (2.30pm).

The visitors from Kent, who were promoted to National League 1 last season, have a 100% losing record and just four bonus points to their name.

But Stortford's director of rugby, who saw his side draw 17-17 at Old Elthamians at the weekend, is expecting a tough encounter at Silver Leys.

Rob Duff. Picture: Vikki Lince
Rob Duff. Picture: Vikki Lince

"In terms of levels of intensity and levels of control, I thought it was up there as one of our best performances this season," said Long. "We were disappointed not to kick on from a 10-0 lead and then at 17-10 up we were unable to put the final nail in their coffin, but two points away from home against a team like that is a positive.

"Canterbury this weekend is huge for us as we need to get another win at home. We've got to throw the league table out of the window and just concentrate on putting in another good performance.

"We'll need the same level of intensity and concentration as against any other team because Canterbury will be coming for us."

Winger Rob Duff (hamstring) is out and Saracens hooker Theo Dan is away with England under-20s, but Dan Elsom, Baxter Wilson and Seb Brownhill are back and George Cullen is also pushing for a return.

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