Bishop’s Stortford 1-1 Boreham Wood Match Report

Bishop’s Stortford 1-1 Boreham Wood Match Report

Hamish Arnold

National League Play-Off Semi-Finalists Boreham Wood provided a stern test for Bishop’s Stortford, with an entertaining pre-season friendly ending 1-1. Five trialists featured for the Blues, one of whom was the goalscorer, equalising after Tyrone Marsh had broken the deadlock for the visitors at the RDA Stadium.

Ben Marlow picked up the ball on the right side of the box from a through ball, but his cross was overhit for Trialist in the middle. New signing Jack Morrell’s 35 yard free kick looked to be bound for the top left corner, but Nathan Ashmore tipped it over the bar. Marlow rushed out from his defensive position to block Chris Bush’s shot following a corner, and dribbled clear. Marsh latched on to a lofted pass but a poor touch allowed Olufemi to nick the ball away and clear the danger, and Bush’s right wing cross deviated wildly in the wind and nearly deceived Jack Giddens in goal, but landed on the roof of the net. Marsh’s free kick from the edge of the D didn’t have enough dip to open the scoring, with the effort hitting the middle of the crossbar. Timmy Abraham’s shot from a quick free kick was saved by Giddens and Ryan Charles cleared the rebound. Erico Sousa’s burst of pace beat Tosin Olufemi down the Wood left, he squared to Marsh who converted on the stroke of half-time.

HT 0-1

Darren Foxley came off the bench at half time, and nearly equalised straight away with a mazy run into the box, but Ashmore saved the shot that was straight at him. Morrell’s left wing corner was won in the air by Henshaw near the penalty spot, and Femi Ilesanmi’s attempted clearance fell kindly to Trialist who nodded home from close range. Morrell’s defence splitting path looked perfect for Foxley to give the Blues the lead, but a heavy touch allowed Ashmore to grasp the loose ball. Foxley’s right wing free kick found its way to Morrell at the far post whose first time finish was blocked for a corner. After Giddens came off his line to make a clearance, Abraham’s attempted chip went off target, and Appiah’s run down the left wing wasn’t picked up by the Blues defence, he cut it back to Trialist on the edge of the box, but he shot wide.

FT 1-1


Bishop’s Stortford XI

1 Jack Giddens

4 Jack Thomas (Trialist #5 46’)

7 Ola Ogunwamide (Trialist #19 46’)

8 Ben Marlow (Trialist #16 46’)

9 Marvel Ekpiteta

10 Trialist (Goal 74’) (Trialist #20 78’)

11 Tosin Olufemi

12 Archie Jones (Peters 46’)

15 Ryan Charles (Foxley 46’)

17 Mark Haines (c) (Yellow card 51’) (Henshaw 71’)

19 Jack Morrell


3 Trialist

5 Trialist

6 Ryan Henshaw

14 Darren Foxley

16 Trialist (Yellow card 70’)

18 Ollie Peters

19 Trialist

20 Trialist

Boreham Wood XI

1 Nathan Ashmore (c)

2 Cameron Coxe

3 Femi Ilesanmi

5 Chris Bush (Fyfield 46’)

7 Tom Whelan (Trialist #18 64’)

8 Mo Sagaf

10 Tyrone Marsh (Goal 45’) (Yellow card 51’) (Trialist #17 56’)

11 Timmy Abraham

14 Angelo Balanta (Stephens 56’)

15 David Agbontohoma (Appiah 56’)

19 Erico Sousa (Trialist #16 64’)


6 Stephens

12 Fyfield

13 Abayomi

16 Trialist

17 Trialist

18 Trialist

20 Miller

21 Appiah

Attendance 325