31 Aug 2019
AN AWAY DAY GOAL FEST.
A double from Jamie Cureton and another from Ryan Charles before the 35th minute proved enough for the hosts as they ran out 3-2 winners over visitors Cheshunt.
Craig Edwards made one change to the side which drew 1-1 with Corinthian Causals, with Jordan Westcott coming in for Dave Kendall, and the recently re-signed Shane Cojocarel, the hero from last seasons playoff final, was named on the bench.
The game got off to a lightning start, with Afolabi Akinyemi flashing an early ball right across the Stortford penalty area. The hosts first attack of the game evolved down the left and Jamie Cureton received the ball wide left, and chipped it delightfully over the on-rushing Harry Girling to give the hosts a dream start. 1-0, 4 mins.
The hosts grew into the game and kept their foot on the accelerator and Johnville Renee had the next chance to double the lead, however his shot was inches wide of the post. Cheshunt ventured forward next and Tom Hitchcock burst into the area and was bundled over by Mark Haines and the referee pointed to the spot, which Tom Hitchcock dutifully put it away to square the game up at 1-1 with his 4th of the season, all from the spot! 1-1 – 22 mins
. The Ambers soon had their tails up and squandered a fantastic chance to take the lead, when Akinyemi was slid through, but his 1 on 1 was straight at Burbidge. The visitors were made to pay for the chance as Stortford went straight up the other end and Cureton again beautifully lobbed over Girling into the bottom right corner to give the hosts their lead back. 2-1 30 mins.
Things got even better for the hosts just two minutes later when Ryan Charles skipped past Joe Russell on the right and squeezed a low effort past Harry Girling to give breathing space to ‘The Blues’. 3-1, 32 mins. The last action of the half saw Jordan Westcott fail to connect with a deep Akinyemi cross, leaving Cheshunt with work to do in the second 45.
Joe Re and Akinyemi we’re creating things for the Ambers in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with the former spinning away from his marker and working Fred Burbidgein the Stortford goal, and the latter with some great footwork but his effort was blocked, before Hitchcock blazed the next effort over.
Stortford were a threat, with an almighty goalmouth scramble almost making it 4, and Cureton almost grabbing his hat trick moments later, his effort was slid just side however. Cheshunt then made their role of the dice, bringing on Ola Williams for the excellent Mo Camara and returning hero Cojocarel for Olusanya Olutosi, with his first run, Cojocarel caused havoc and blazed his effort wide. The visitors needed a goal and quick, and a Westcott corner was nodded down by Hitchcock and Taylor McKenzie got there first and bundled the ball over the line to pull the visitors within one. 3-2, 87 mins. Cheshunt should have really equalised soon afterwards, with Akinyemi lifting over Burbidge but Renee got back and cleared the ball off the line!
The visitors couldn’t find a equlaiser and so it ended 3-2 in the hosts favour, with the away side facing Brightlingsea Regent next weekend in FA Cup action!
FT – Bishops Stortford 3-2 Cheshunt
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