BSFC 6-0 Merstham Match Report

Bishop’s Stortford 6-0 Merstham Match Report 12/3/22


Bishop’s Stortford returned to winning ways with a 6-0 thrashing of Merstham. After two goalless draws, the Blues picked up three points and a sixth consecutive clean sheet, extending the unbeaten run to 11 games. Frankie Merrifield scored a hat-trick, while Ollie Peters scored his first goal for the club, with Jonny Giles and an own goal adding the other two.


Peters, making his first Blues start, saw an early volley deflected wide from a free kick after Ryan Henshaw’s knock down. Merrifield made a run at the near post to meet the corner kick but it was well defended. Andrew Sesay dragged a long range shot wide, and Billy Cracknell cleared off the line from a back post header from a Merstham free kick. An instinctive volley from Merrifield broke the deadlock, he turned and fired low past Patrick Ohman from Cracknell’s downward header following Giles’ corner on the left. Darren Foxley received the ball on the edge of the box in space, his strike beat Ohman for height but also rose over the bar. Merstham captain James Richmond hauled Merrifield to the ground in a promising position for a Giles free kick, which wasn’t cleared as Henshaw had a shot blocked and Peters saw his effort saved by Ohman. A clearing header by Richmond went up instead of away from goal, Peters brought it under control and slid it through to Giles, whose first touch perfectly set it up to slot home calmly into the bottom right. Huseyin Biler was the unfortunate player to divert the ball into his own net on the stroke of half time, unable to sort out his feet to clear Henshaw’s fizzing low cross, he had to get a touch with Foxley waiting for a tap in but instead deflected it pat Ohman.


HT 3-0


Anthony Church’s long range strike went high of the target and Archie Jones, making his first Blues appearance since a loan to Spalding United, slid Foxley through on goal, but referee Peter Wilson pulled it back for an earlier foul on Peters. Giles passed to Foxley in the box who laid it off to Merrifield, and his left footed strike was deflected and wrong footed Ohman into the right side of the goal from 15 yards. Merrifield dribbled past a defender into the box but couldn’t find the target from a tight angle, and Giles’ free kick was parried away from goal by a diving Ohman. Another free kick by Giles curled wide of the target, and Cracknell could only get a glancing header on a Giles cross and failed to find the target. A long range effort from Giles dipped and swerved but ricocheted off the crossbar, Ohman was beaten but relieved to see the woodwork rattled. Peters switched the ball out to Giles on the left wing, he cut it back to substitute Jason Banton who saw two shots blocked with the second going out for a corner. Merrifield completed his hat-trick from a Giles free kick near the corner flag, the striker ghosted in at the back post and slammed home from close range. Jack Giddens was required to punch away a dipping strike from Jude Mason from long range, before Banton’s low cross was parried to Peters for a tap in, late in injury time at the end of the game to complete the win.


FT 6-0


The Blues host league leaders Worthing in a rearranged fixture on Tuesday 15 March, before travelling to Lewes on Saturday 19 March.



Blues XI

1 Jack Giddens

4 Anthony Church (Thomas 63’)

5 Sam Robbins

6 Ryan Henshaw (c) (Haines 67’)

7 Jonny Giles (Goal 39’)

8 Archie Jones

10 Frankie Merrifield (Goal 21’ 50’ 89’)

11 Johnville Renee

14 Darren Foxley (Banton 53’)

16 Ollie Peters (Goal 90+4’)

19 Billy Cracknell


9 Chris Harris

12 Jack Thomas

15 Ryan Charles

17 Mark Haines

18 Jason Banton


Merstham XI

1 Patrick Ohman

2 Dylan Adjei-Hersey

3 Jude Mason

4 Charlie Greenwood (Anderson 46’)

5 James Richmond (c) (Yellow card 65’)

6 Michael Olarewaju (Yellow card 77’)

7 Huseyin Biler (Own goal 45+1’)

8 Ayman Gharbaoui (Yellow card 49’) (Mafoko 64’)

9 Korrey Henry (Jacquart 46’)

10 Finlay Lovatt

11 Andrew Sesay


12 Tahjae Anderson

14 Serge Mafoko

15 Erald Desa

16 Chace Jacquart


Attendance 476