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Looking ahead to Bishops Stortford

Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:18


Back in front of their home fans for the first time for five weeks, St Neots will be hoping for an enthusiastic welcome and a more successful outcome on the pitch.   They welcome to the Premier Plus Stadium – for the first time in a league match – the players, officials and supporters of Bishop’s Stortford FC who were relegated from the Football Conference (South) at the end of last season after twelve years at Step Two.   In the first league meeting at Stortford in December, Matt Clements’ lads ran out winners by the odd goal in three with David Bridges’ early goal being cancelled out before the break, and then Nabil Shariff clinched all three points with his second half strike.   Since that last match at home on 17th February, St Neots have played four times on opposition soil as well as losing a scheduled home match with Banbury to the weather.   They return home with something to prove after four consecutive league defeats – the first time this has occurred under the supervision of Matt Clements, and if the season is not to peter out in a disappointing run they must regroup and rediscover some confidence – both individually and as a team.   Goal scoring seems to be the key, for the side have hit the back of the net just three time in their last six matches – three of which have ended in 1-0 defeats.   After a stuttering start in the Southern League, Stortford have come good since Christmas and they arrive here on the back of five wins in their last six league matches.   Their only reversal came away at Kettering, but they have recorded impressive victories over Frome and Redditch and a recent draw with promotion chasing Slough Town.  



John Walker

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