Lewes 1 Blues 3 – pics added
Blues kept up their promotion charge as their sixth straight win saw them move into the play-off zone, on Saturday.
Goals from Ryan Henshaw, Luke Callendar and Johnville Renee sealed the points for the visitors as Stortford put on an impressive display to send their fans home happy.
With Jamie Cureton resting ahead of Monday’s home game against Brightlinsea Regent, Callendar returned to the starting line-up, and after struggling for numbers the previous week Blues were able to name a full bench.
The Blue Brazil started brightly and took the lead after just four minutes, as Henshaw finished from close range after Lewes had been unable to clear Shadrach Ogie’s long throw from the left.
A well-organised Blues’ team kept the hosts at bay and they doubled their lead just after the half-hour, as a free-kick from the left picked out Ryan Charles at the far post, who headed back across goal for Callander to nod home from inside the six-yard box.
Lewes pulled a goal back three minutes for the break through Charlie Coppola, who latched onto a Ben Pope through-ball and evaded two challenges before finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Ben Sampayo replaced Callander at half-time and Rooks started the second half in the same way they finished the first, but again found the Stortford defence difficult to breach.
Blues needed a third goal, and it came in the 66th minutes, as Renee picked up a loose ball in midfield and ran through unchallenged to finish past Lewis Carey and into the back of the net.
Lewes’ Pope went close while Renee was denied on the line by the covering Banya after a purposeful run down the left by the impressive Charles.
The final chance of the game fell to Lewes, with James Hammond forcing a superb save from Arthur Janata in the visitor’s goal with a powerful header from a Pope long-throw.
Lewes: L Carey, H Reed, T Day, O Lawson, S Freeman (C Overton 68) , B Pope, K Pamment, C Coppola, C Banya (O Adeyemo 78), D Golding (Blewden 50), J Hammond, .
Unused Subs: M Dome-Bemwin, G Tuson-Firth.
Bishop’s Stortford: A Janata, J Renee, S Ogie, J Thomas, S Robbins, R Henshaw (I Nkosi 76), B Worman, A Warman, R Charles (S Green 81), L Callander (B Sampayo 46), A Mason. Unused Subs: M Haines, I Okwute.