Carshalton Athletic 0-2 Bishop’s Stortford Match Report

Carshalton Athletic 0-2 Bishop’s Stortford Match Report 1/4/23

Hamish Arnold

Bishop’s Stortford returned to the top of the table with a 0-2 win at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday. Defeat for Hornchurch at Horsham means the Blues are two points clear with four games to play in the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division.

Stefan Ilic picked up the ball from a left wing throw in but dragged a low shot wide left of the goal. Ollie Peters picked up the ball from Jack Giddens’ goal kick and dribbled into the box on the left side, but the low shot went wide. Sam Deering’s free kick was blocked by the wall and fell kindly to Frankie Merrifield on the left, he chopped inside and curled a high shot into the top right corner. Harry Beadle couldn’t dispossess Chinedu McKenzie whose attempted long range rob was pushed away by Giddens. Ollie Cook headed over the bar from the resulting corner, and Darren Foxley’s left wing cross was too close to Danny Bracken who saved and Tosin Olufemi’s cross from the right landed on the roof of the goal. Peters’ first time shot in the box was narrowly wide after Foxley kept the ball in the box with three Carsgalton players around him. Calvin Ekpiteta ran the length of the pitch from a Blues corner, but Giddens caught the cross. Merrifield’s turn and shot in the box from Deerings’ pass was saved at close range and a chance late in the half for an equaliser fell to Kurtis Cumberbatch, but his long range strike was always rising over the bar.

HT 0-1

Foxley and Deering played a one-two from a right wing free kick, the left footer curled the cross in and Matt Johnson volleyed on target but it was blocked for a corner. The Robins failed to clear their lines, Peters’ crossed back in to the far post where Beadle rose highest to head home. Olufemi made an overlapping run on the right and received the ball from Merrifield’s through ball, but shot narrowly wide, and Peters volleyed over the crossbar from a right wing cross. Foxley’s powerful strike was saved for a corner and Ryan Henshaw’s header hit the post and went behind.

FT 0-2


Carshalton Athletic XI

1 Danny Bracken

2 Crossley Lema

5 Ollie Cook

9 Chinedi McKenzie

10 Tommy Bradford

11 Femi Akinwande

15 Stefan Ilic (Akrofi 61′)

16 Tom Beere (c)

17 Leo Hamblin

19 Calvin Ekpiteta

20 Kurtis Cumberbatch


8 Morgan Griffiths

12 Ethan Brazier

14 Alex Akrofi

Bishop’s Stortford XI

1 Jack Giddens

2 Jay Porter

3 Sam Deering (Marlow 72′)

4 Anthony Church (c) (Henshaw 72′)

8 Matt Johnson

10 Frankie Merrifield (Goal 5′)

11 Tosin Olufemi

14 Darren Foxley (Giles 82′)

15 Ryan Charles

18 Ollie Peters

19 Harry Beadle (Goal 53′)


6 Ryan Henshaw

7 Jonny Giles

9 Donell Thomas

16 Ben Marlow

20 Chris Harris

Attendance 442