Tomorrow Blackheath make the relatively short journey to Hertfordshire to take on Bishop’s Stortford. Kick off at Silver Leys in Hadham Road is at 3 pm.
Stortford have had a solid, if unspectacular, season to date. They currently sit in twelfth position in National League One with eight wins and a draw from their twenty-two matches, enough to keep them clear of the relegation zone, but not enough to allow them to challenge the top half of the table.
Lately they’ve slipped a little, winning just one of their last five matches, while Blackheath go into the contest on the back of four straight wins.
Nevertheless, you can throw the form book into a ditch on this one. In their five meetings to date, Stortford hold the edge with three victories, and although the Club won 19-14 at Well Hall on World Cup Final day in November, Blackheath have always found the Hertfordshire side resilient and hard to breakdown.
The other leveller will be, of course, the weather. As I write, I look out on a glorious winter afternoon, but Storm Dennis is due to hit our shores overnight bringing heavy rain and winds gusting in excess of 50 mph.
With an eye on the expected conditions, James Shanahan brings a little extra bulk into the side with Jamie Ure starting in the second-row alongside Neale Patrick. James Catt moves to the flank on the blind-side, and Harry Seward gets the starting berth at tight-head.
Craig Dowsett returns to the left-wing after international duty with Belgium, and Josh Peters is added to the bench after returning from playing for Spain.
Blackheath team to play Bishop’s Stortford
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