Bishop’s Stortford 2-0 Carshalton Athletic Match Report

Bishop’s Stortford 2-0 Carshalton Athletic Match Report 22/10/22

Bishop’s Stortford stayed on top of the pile in the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division with a 2-0 win at home to 10-player Carshalton Athletic on Saturday. The gap to the chasing pack stays at two points, but looked as though it would be increasing to four for most of the afternoon, but for a late Potters Bar Town winner. Mark Haines and Anthony Church scored in each half for the Blues, while Oliver Cook saw red for two bookable offences.


Tom Beere’s free kick was blocked by the wall after Harry Beadle’s foul, and it was the young defender who blocked the follow-up shot from long range. Over a quarter of the match had elapsed without a clear-cut chance for either side, that was before Church’s flicked header at the near post from a powerful Jay Porter cross, but it landed on the roof of the net. From a Blues corner, the Robins broke quickly and worked the ball out to the right wing, where Beadle blocked the cross. Karl Akinwande dispossessed Beadle on the edge of his box, with the striker hitting the crossbar in the top right corner with a curling strike, and Calvin Ekpiteta headed wide from the rebound. Frankie Merrifield’s attempted chip didnt have enough height and Danny Bracken caught the ball, and Donell Thomas shot from the right side of the box went over the bar from Tosin Olufemi’s cut back. Haines’ first goal of the season came towards the end of a fairly even half, rising highest to nod home from Ollie Peters’ free kick after a foul by Cook on Church, for which he was booked.

HT 1-0

A second yellow in 10 minutes either side of half time meant Carshalton Athletic were reduced to 10, when Cook flew into a late tackle on Church. Referee Joshua Crofts did not hesitate to show the red card, and the player himself did not try to plead his case. The resulting free kick From Darren Foxley dipped and curled but Bracken was equal to it, making a diving save. Merrifield received the ball from Porter’s throw-in with his back to goal, he turned and cut it back to Church but his acrobatic effort went wide. Haines blocked Akinwande’s 20 yard strike for a corner, from which Ekpiteta won the header and cushioned it down for Akinwande at the back post, but the forward was penalised for a foul on Jack Giddens. Foxley’s strike from a tight angle only hit the side netting, as it looked as though the Blues were struggling to increase the lead. But it was then that Church headed home a superb cross by Porter to make it 2-0. It may have been three, but for a great defensive intervention to block Ryan Charles’ low cross to Merrifield, but the two goals were enough for the Blues to secure a first win against the Robins in five attempts.

FT 2-0


Blues XI

1 Jack Giddens

2 Jay Porter

4 Anthony Church (Goal 80’)

8 Matt Johnson (Demetriou 85’)

9 Donell Thomas (Charles 74’)

10 Frankie Merrifield (c) (Yellow card 57’)

11 Tosin Olufemi

14 Darren Foxley (J Thomas 78’)

17 Mark Haines (Goal 39’)

18 Ollie Peters (Yellow card 60’)

19 Harry Beadle


3 Josh Demtriou

6 Ryan Henshaw

12 Jack Thomas

15 Ryan Charles

16 Charlie Allum

Carshalton Athletic XI

1 Danny Bracken

2 Crossley Lema

4 Arthur Lee (c) (Figueira 78’)

5 Oliver Cook (Yellow card 39’ 49’, Red card 49’)

7 Aaron Smith-Joseph (Akrofi 77’)

10 Tommy Bradford (Cumberbatch 55’)

11 Karl AKinwande

16 Tom Beere

17 Leo Hamblin

18 Bradley Williams

19 Calvin Ekpiteta


9 Walter Figueira

12 Matthew Vigor

14 Sam Mvemba

15 Alexander Akrofi

20 Kurtis Cumberbatch

Attendance 481