Bishop’s Stortford 0-0 Colchester United U21 Match Report

Bishop’s Stortford 0-0 Colchester United U21 Match Report 19/7/23

Hamish Arnold


The unbeaten start to pre-season extended to three games as Bishop’s Stortford were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Colchester United U21. New signings Rob Howard and Kareem Isiaka started the match, with four trialists featuring for the Blues.


The visitors were the first to get a shot away, with #9 shooting low after a passing move around the edge of the box, but the effort was towards the middle of the goal and Giddens saved. Ryan Charles dispossessed the #8 on the edge of his own box and passed to Ben Marlow, who found Trialist on the left wing. He cut in onto his right foot and his powerful shot was pushed away from the near post for a corner. Ryan Henshaw flew out of defence to deny #11 cutting in off the left wing and curling a shot, but the skipper got the block in. He was on hand again to shut down #10’s long range strike, pushing out of defence to make the interception. Ollie Peters’ clever flick over a defender landed in Trialist’s path, but the full back came across and cleared. Jack Morrell’s right wing corner was the best chance for a Blues goal before the break, when Henshaw won a back post header but the goalkeeper saved. #11’s curling effort from a right wing cross went wide, as the first half ended with Colchester in the ascendancy but unable to break through the Blues defence.

HT 0-0

Giddens was on hand to save again from #8 who shot after dribbling into the box, before a defensive error at the other end was pounced upon by Peters, his left footed shot towards the top right corner was saved at full stretch by the keeper. Substitute Ola Ogunwamide played a dangerous cross in from the right, as Darren Foxley made a late run on the opposite wing to meet the ball, but the full back shepherded the ball out of play for a goal kick. Colchester #33 picked up the ball from a left wing cut back late in the game, but couldn’t hit the target.

FT 0-0


Bishop’s Stortford XI

1 Jack Giddens

2 Marvel Ekpiteta

5 Rob Howard (Trialist #2 69’)

6 Ryan Henshaw (c)

8 Ben Marlow (Thomas 60’)

9 Kareem Isiaka (Trialist 17’)

11 Tosin Olufemi (Trialist #16 69’)

15 Ryan Charles (Foxley 60’)

18 Ollie Peters (Jones 60’)

19 Jack Morrell

20 Trialist (Ogunwamide 60’)


2 Trialist

4 Jack Thomas

7 Ola Ogunwamide

10 Darren Foxley

12 Archie Jones

16 Trialist

17 Trialist

Colchester United U21 XI

Ted Collins

Joe Oliver

Jet Dyer

Frankie Terry

Harry Beadle

Gene Kennedy

Kennedy Mupomba

Kaan Bennett

Jake Hutchinson

Harrison Nee

Oscar Thorn

Attendance 205