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Bishop’s Stortford 0-5 Sittingbourne Match Report

Bishop’s Stortford 0-5 Sittingbourne Match Report 29/7/23

Hamish Arnold

Bishop’s Stortford suffered a second consecutive home defeat in pre-season with a 0-5 loss at the RDA Stadium to Sittingbourne. Billy Cracknell made his first appearance since rejoining the Blues, but the whole team suffered a bad day at the office and were well beaten by the Kent side.

Luke Woodward had the first sight of goal in the match, shooting narrowly wide inside five minutes from a long range strike, and Josh Osude fired over the bar from a tight angle. The visitors opened the scoring on the 20 minute mark, with Donvieve Jones slamming home a half-volley from a corner that Stortford failed to clear. Jack Morrell’s right wing corner was into a dangerous area but the defender cleared from the six yard line for a throw-in. Bruno Tavares headed over the bar from a right wing cross, before a long throw from the left was deflected into his own net by Cracknell. Just three minutes later, Tavares thought he had three, with a low sweeping finish from a cut back, but it hit the post and Cracknell cleared. Mitchell May made a run down the left wing and the midfielder picked him out, and his low cross was converted by Josh Osude at the back post with a sliding finish.

HT 0-3

The Blues looked most likely to score at the start of the second half, Sykes went round the keeper but Joe Tyreie recovered well and tackled the striker, before Jack Thomas forced Dion Curtis into a save when he met Darren Foxley’s corner at the near post. The best chance for Stortford fell to Sykes, he ran into space into the box, with the ball in the right channel, but he fired over the bar. Ex-Blue Correy Davidson picked up the fourth for Sittingbourne, with his long range strike deflecting off Marvel Ekpiteta, wrong-footing Jack Giddens and finding the side-netting. Osude sealed the win with his second goal, dribbling from his own half he shrugged off challenges from Morrell and Archie Jones, and slotted home into the bottom left corner.

FT 0-5

TEAMS

Bishop’s Stortford XI

1 Jack Giddens

2 Billy Cracknell (Own goal 31’) (Trialist #16 46’)

5 Rob Howard (Jones 71’)

6 Marvel Ekpiteta

8 Ben Marlow (Thomas 46’)

9 George Sykes

11 Trialist (Trialist #7 46’)

17 Mark Haines (c)

18 Ollie Peters (Trialist #15 71’)

19 Jack Morrell

20 Trialist (Foxley 46’)

Subs

4 Jack Thomas

7 Trialist

12 Archie Jones

13 Trialist

14 Darren Foxley

15 Trialist

16 Trialist

Sittingbourne XI

1 Dion Curtis

2 Trialist

3 Joe Tyrie (c)

4 Bagusan Graham (Trialist #13 76’)

5 Luke Woodward (Trialist #16 62’)

6 Jean Baptiste (Davidson 70’)

7 Gabriel Piorkowski

8 Donvieve Jones (Goal 20’) (Trialist #18 70’)

9 Mitchell May (Trialist #12 73’)

10 Bruno Tavares (Trialist #17 66’)

11 Josh Osude (Goal 36’ 81’) (Trialist #15 81’)

Subs

12 Trialist

13 Trialist

14 Correy Davidson (Goal 74’)

15 Trialist

16 Trialist

17 Trialist

18 Trialist