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Former Saracens academy lock James Thacker delighted to score two tries as Bishop's Stortford beat Rotherham Titans in National League 1




James Thacker was thrilled to score two tries on only his second start for Bishop's Stortford as he played a vital role in their comeback win over Rotherham Titans.

His brace came as the hosts racked up 17 points in the last 10 minutes to triumph 30-14 in the National League 1 contest at Silver Leys.

"I was massively chuffed to score a couple of tries and it was a great feeling," said 24-year-old lock Thacker, whose only previous start for the first team came last season against Ampthill. "It was really good to contribute to the team coming from behind."

The former Bishop's Stortford College student, who lives in the town and works in sales for Hewlett Packard Enterprise in London, has impressed director of rugby Andy Long with his performances for the Blues.

Thacker, who returned to the club after studying at Loughborough University and was also in the Saracens academy from under-14s to under-18s, made his first-team debut as a replacement six years ago aged 18 against Chinnor.

"I'm taking it week by week. We've got a strong squad so I'll play my part wherever that may be," said Thacker. "I just want to keep proving myself to the team."

The victory means Stortford are up to 10th in the table ahead of this Saturday's trip to sixth-placed Old Elthamians.

Seb Brownhill could be fit to return to the front row while Saracens hooker Theo Dan may also be back available.

"To score 27 unanswered points against Rotherham was very pleasing," said Long. "It puts us in a strong position ahead of OEs this weekend.

"I've asked the boys to go out there and play rugby that's exciting to watch, like we did in the second half on Saturday. We're at our best when we play like that."



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