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Bishop’s Stortford v Chinnor preview

RICKY Khan is backing Chinnor to regroup and beat Bishop’s Stortford for the first time away from home this weekend.

A trip to Hertfordshire awaits the Thame-based side on Saturday in Round 19 of National League 1.

Last Friday’s narrow defeat at home to Rams saw Chinnor slip to fifth in the table and 12 points behind leaders Richmond.

But there is plenty of rugby still to be played and the Oxfordshire club head to Stortford looking to end an unwanted record.

Yet to win at Silver Leys in five attempts, backs coach Khan believes Chinnor can put that to bed this weekend.

“They’re very strong at home and they’re a little bit of a bogey team for us at times,” he said.

“But having beaten them at our place (a 32-29 victory) we’ll be going there with a lot of momentum to say ‘Ok, let’s try to get a result at theirs which we’ve never done before’, so that should be motivation in itself.”

A seven-match unbeaten run had helped Chinnor close the gap to the top three, but two defeats in their last three games have seen Richmond, Rams and Rosslyn Park edge clear.

Khan added: “We’ve got to get back on track.

“It was massively disappointing to lose against Rams.

“It’s disappointing to lose any game, but especially a derby when they had beaten us at their place in injury time.

“I thought it was a cracking second half performance, but sadly we came out of it on the wrong side of the result. So it’s down to us now to regroup and see if we can get on another run.

“The boys will need a little bit of picking up and they’ve probably done that already having Saturday and Sunday to refresh themselves and refocus.

“I think we’ll be ok, they’re professional lads and we’re looking at the next job now.”

SATURDAY’S SQUAD

Chinnor (v Bishop’s Stortford, away): from Dancer, Ehizode, Elder, George, Harries, Hoadley, Hodson, Kirwan, Laverick, May, McNulty, Parilli-Ocampo, Ramshaw, Rees, C Ryan, W Ryan, Selway, Southworth, Tyas,  Yawayawa, Watson, Worrall.

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