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The Shots return to FA Trophy action in another away trip, this time to the RDA Stadium to take on Bishop’s Stortford, looking to book a place in the fifth round of the FA Trophy. The game is the Shots second in two weeks in cup competition, with the side exiting the FA Cup at the hands of West Brom last weekend.
Bishop’s Stortford were promoted to the National League North last season following a season in the Isthmian division which saw them pick up 27 wins in 42 games, gaining 88 points and also gaining a place in step two of the non-league pyramid. This season is their first back in the National League North/South since their relegation from the National League Southh in 2016/17.
23/24 SO FAR:
The return to step 2 hasn’t been the kindest for Bishop’s Stortford, with the side 5 points adrift of 23rd placed Darlington. 5 wins in 27 games means Bishop’s Stortford have picked up just 17 points and are now 12 points away from safety. The sides last win came just before Christmas as they picked up a 2-0 win away from home to 23rd placed Darlington.
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FA TROPHY HISTORY:
This season Bishop’s Stortford have already beaten National League opposition in Ebbsfleet United on penalties to make it to this stage of the competition, as well as beating St Albans in the first round of this years tournament.
Last season the side also won two games, but having entered at the third qualifying round stage were eliminated in the second round. Bishop’s Stortford are FA Trophy winners, having won the competition in 1980/81/.
Zain Walker spent the first half of the season on loan at the side, scoring once in 19 games as the side beat Buxton 3-1 in the only game in which he scored. Walker has now returned to the Shots, and wont be able to play this weekend due to being cup tied.
Ethan Burnett has continued the Shots – Stortford connection for this season, as he went on loan there earlier this month and played an hour in his debut against South Shields on Tuesday.
Tickets are sold on the day only; there will be no advance sale
Prices are as follows:
- Adult: £15
- Concessions: £10
- Students with ID: £8
- Under 12s: Free with a paying adult
IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT:
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