MATCH PREVIEW: Dorchester Town v Bishop’s Stortford

BY: Tom Berry | @TJBerry95

Dorchester Town Football Club will welcome the players, supporters and officials of Bishop’s Stortford to The Avenue Stadium (Sponsored by Clayson Scaffolding Ltd) tomorrow for this Evo-Stik League South Premier fixture (Kick Off: 3.00pm)

Who Are The Blues?
Established in 1874, Stortford called a number of different grounds around the town home in its early years. In 1997 however, the club were forced to sell its stadium due to financial problems. After 18 months of ground sharing at various local clubs, The Blues returned to the town at its present venue, Woodspring Park.

Despite winning a number of divisional titles throughout their history, the club are perhaps most famous for becoming the first club to win both the FA Amateur Cup and FA Trophy in 1974 and 1981 respectively.

The clubs current manager is Kevin Watson. The former Tottenham Hotspur, Swindon Town & Stevenage midfielder took the reigns in March 2017 but couldn’t save The Blues from relegation to the Southern League.

Last Time We Met
The sides met in Hertfordshire just two days before Christmas. In a game of few chances and of little quality, it was Stortford who came out on top. The hosts snatched a 1-0 victory with the winning goal coming in the last few minutes of the tie

Form Guide
The Blues currently sit 19th in the league, 3 points and one place above The Magpies. They have won 3 out of their last 6, but none of these have come in the last 3 fixtures with a defeat to Royston Town last time out

The Magpies come into the fixture having not played since the 4-3 midweek defeat away to high flyers Kettering Town. Since then, both the home fixture against St Neots Town and the bank holiday trip to Tiverton Town were washed out.

Team News
Steve Thompson will be hoping to have influential midfielder Luke Winsper fit after he left the pitch hobbling against Kettering Town. Goalkeeper Chris Weale will also shake off a knock to take his place in the starting line up. Defender Ross Carmichael will serve a one match suspension following two cautions sustained away at Kettering Town.

Entry Prices
Adults – £10
Concessions – £6
16 and Under – £1

The club takes part in a Community Credits Scheme run by the Dorset Volunteer Centre and that match day admission will be two community credit notes per person.

The Avenue Stadium
(Sponsored by Clayson Scaffolding Ltd)
Weymouth Avenue

Tel: 01305 267 623 Mob: 07763026395

The club and team would really appreciate your support so come on down and cheer the lads on.