Stakes high for Hertfordshire clash

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Eastbourne Borough travel to Bishops Stortford on Saturday in a crunch match in the race for a play-off spot.

Stortford sit just two points behind Borough in 9th in the Skrill South, but the side from Hertfordshire will take comfort in fact they have three games in hand over their promotion-chasing opponents.

The Blues started the season well and had taken 14 points from a possible 21 before they travelled to the Sunshine Coast to face Borough.

The Priory Lane side, however, handed Stortford only their second loss of the campaign with a resounding 4-1 victory. In the league though they have put together an impressive run that warrants their bid for a place in the play-offs.

This run includes victories against fellow promotion hopefuls Ebbsfleet United, Sutton United and even league leaders Bromley.

Borough will have to be aware of potential goal threats from all over the pitch.

Striker Cliff Akurang has plenty of experience and has netted 12 times this season.

Stortford defender Sean Francis has proved he is dangerous from corners and set-plays with his seven goals so far this campaign and captain Reece Prestedge has been providing goals from the midfield too. Having scored nine times this season, he is a definite threat.

Blues boss Rod Stringer took over from former England and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Ian Walker in December 2011. Stringer was rumoured to be taking over at Chelmsford City at the end of last year in the wake of Stortford’s FA Cup endeavour, but he quickly rubbished the rumours, saying his love and loyalty is with the Hertfordshire side. A result for Borough at the ProKit Stadium could have big implications on the play-off picture.

Having beaten Stortford convincingly already this season, Tommy Widdrington will be confident, although he is fully aware of the threat this weekend’s oppnents will pose.