Stortford Boss Smith Demands Pride Despite Club's Early Drop

Bishop’s Stortford manager Steve Smith admits he would have the season end today if he could after their relegation was confirmed.

But he says the club need to “dust themselves down” after their fate was sealed after being a little overwhelmed on their return to the National League North.

They became the first club to lose their status this term on Saturday, going down at Alfreton Town - before a 31st loss of a forgettable campaign at home to King’s Lynn Town in midweek.

In a season where Stortford have won just five times in the league, their stay following promotion last May was a very short one.

Smith said: “I’d be happy if the season ended today to be honest with you, it’s been very difficult.

“I’m pleased with the effort the players are giving me. A lot of the time we’ve been in games but if you get chances, you have to take them.

“If you score first you may go on and win it, but it’s the story of the season. Losing to King’s Lynn on Tuesday, we probably didn’t get what we deserved but it’s not the first time we’ve said that.

“We’re in games, we’re competing and it isn’t down to a lack of effort. We’re not rolling over.

“We are where we are. All I have asked from the boys these last eight games is that you play for pride, play for the shirt and play for me and for yourselves.”

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