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Former Saracens and Bedford scrum-half Al Gliksten joins Bishop's Stortford after featuring for the University of Cambridge in Varsity Match




New signing Al Gliksten could make his Bishop's Stortford debut in this Saturday's home game against Chinnor (3pm).

The scrum-half is studying at the University of Cambridge and helped the Light Blues beat their Oxford rivals in last month's Varsity Match at Twickenham.

Gliksten, who was formerly part of the Saracens academy and has also been on Bedford's books, has arrived at Silver Leys until the end of the current National League 1 campaign.

"After the Varsity game we chatted about him joining us until the end of the season and we're glad he's joining us," said director of rugby Andy Long.

"I've known about Al for a number of seasons when he was with Saracens. I'm sure he'll bring a lot of quality and he's excited to be joining us."

Something will have to give in Saturday's contest at Silver Leys - Stortford have won five in a row on home soil while fifth-placed Chinnor are unbeaten in four on their travels.

Baxter Wilson, pictured scoring a try in this month's win over Birmingham Moseley, is back in Stortford's starting line-up against Chinnor. Picture: Vikki Lince
Baxter Wilson, pictured scoring a try in this month's win over Birmingham Moseley, is back in Stortford's starting line-up against Chinnor. Picture: Vikki Lince

Long's men must bounce back from the weekend's 26-19 at Darlington Mowden Park, where they actually outscored their opponents three tries to two thanks to efforts from Rob Duff, Dan Elsom and James Thacker.

Stortford have made two changes to their starting line-up with George Keen and Baxter Wilson coming in. Duff misses out and Luis Ball drops to the bench, while Gliksten is among the replacements.

"We've got some tired bodies and we've got to make sure we train smart because we know Chinnor will be a huge battle," said Long.

"We've beaten Chinnor before and we know they'll be bringing a massive physical game."


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