Jamie rescues a point

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BISHOP’a7S STORTFORD 1 DORKING WANDERERS 1

(BOSTIK LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION)

JAMIE Cureton’s second half goal saw Blues open their Bostik League campaign by holding big-spending Wanderers to a draw.

This first ever meeting of these two sides saw the points shared with the visitors the better side before the break while the Blues having struggled then improved greatly after the interval.

a3Adam Flint’s men made a poor start and were a goal down in the third minute as Jason Prior collected Tom Tolfrey’s cross in space and fired low past Calum Kitscha.

Although Chi Osadebe forced a save from Slavomir Huk soon afterwards the Wanderers were calling the tune with Kitscha denying Prior twice around the midway point of the half and Matt Briggs should have scored when well placed.a6

It was a different story on the restart as the Blues adopted a more positive approach with Ryan Charles very prominent in Stortford attacks.

Osedebe and Cureton had efforts deflected away for corners and the hosts equalised in the 71st minute. A long ball up the left from skipper Lewis Dark found Cureton moving sharply behind the Wanderers defence and flick the ball neatly over Huk from an acute angle.

a2Charles went close with a volley and at the other end a deflected shot from Prior ended on the roof of the net. Then with ten minutes left Kitscha made a great stop with his leg to keep out Ben Dyett’s shot following a corner.

Stortford finished the contest with only ten men when substitute Jack Thomas was shown a red card in added time kicking out at Chris Boulter after the visiting defender appeared to tug his hair.

a1STORTFORD: Calum Kitscha; Johnville Renee; Chris Gregan; Lewis Dark; Damien Green; Sam Robbins; Alfie Mason (Jack Thomas 81); Elliott Ronto (Shabazz Omofe 90); Jamie Cureton; Chi Osadebe (Jordan Wescott 71); Ryan Charles.

Unused substitutes: Max Brassington and Freddie Oakman.

DORKING WANDERERS: Slavomir Huk; Ben Dyett; Sami El-Abd; Chris Boulter; Dan Pearse; Niall McManus (Jerome Beckles 75); Kieron Lavery (Guiseppe Sole 81); Matt Briggs; Jason Prior; Tom Tolfrey (Jerry O’Sullivan 62); Tom Richards

Unused substitutes: Josh Gallagher and Teddy Ralph.

Referee: David Harrison. Attendance: 274

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Author: Dave Ryan