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Bishop’s Stortford 3-0 Folkestone Invicta Match Report

Bishop’s Stortford 3-0 Folkestone Invicta Match Report 4/10/22

Bishop’s Stortford went to the top of the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division with a 3-0 win at home to Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday. It was the Blues’ biggest league win of the season, with the third goal putting the hosts above Potters Bar in the table on goal difference, but the Scholars have two games in hand. It’s also five clean sheets in a row for Steve Smith’s men, who bounced back from a goalless draw against winless Wingate & Finchley on Saturday with a fourth win in five games, and extends the unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions.

Frankie Merrifield cut in off the right wing and fired wide with a low shot on his left foot, and Darren Foxley’s 25 yard strike narrowly missed the top left corner with goalkeeper Bailey Vose beaten. Back-to-back corners from Jonny Giles built the pressure on the Invicta defence, with Merrifield heading over the crossbar from six yards. Ollie Peters lashed home the opener from 20 yards, a left wing free kick by Giles was headed away, and the midfielder was unmarked on the edge of the box, and shot low through a crowd into the bottom right corner. Ian Gayle headed away Giles’ right wing cross before Merrifield could nod home, and from a promising attacking position Ira Jackson fired high and wide of the target from 25 yards. Ryan Charles fired wide from 30 yards and Jay Porter’s inviting cross was behind Merrifield and the clearance hit Foxley flush in the face but he was penalised for handball as he tried to protect himself at close range to the defender. The Blues pushed for a second before the break, with Giles going close twice on the stroke of half-time, but defenders put in blocks both times.

 

HT 1-0

Giles fired inches wide of the post for long range, but he made no mistake from the next attack, Charles’ cross from the left was perfect to volley home from close range to double the Stortford lead. Scott Heard’s long range strike missed the target before Tosin Olufemi ran onto Peters’ through ball and slotted home through Vose’s legs from the right side of the box. Despite being three goals down, the Kent outfit did look threatening on the break, but Jackson couldn’t hit the target from a tight angle. Foxley fizzed the ball into Donell Thomas’ feet he controlled it well but the substitute couldn’t beat Vose, with the keeper making a smart stop. Ian Draycott fired over the bar from the edge of the box, and keen to preserve the clean sheet, Olufemi cleared away a right wing cross with an Invicta player waiting behind him to nod home.

 

FT 3-0

TEAMS

Bishop’s Stortford XI

1 Jack Giddens

2 Jay Porter

4 Anthony Church (Jack Thomas 63’)

6 Ryan Henshaw (c)

7 Jonny Giles (Goal 53’)

10 Frankie Merrifield

11 Tosin Olufemi (Goal 61’)

14 Darren Foxley

15 Ryan Charles (Donell Thomas 69’)

18 Ollie Peters (Goal 16’) (Yellow card 90’)

19 Harry Beadle

Subs

8 Matt Johnson

9 Chris Harris

12 Jack Thomas

17 Mark Haines

20 Donell Thomas

 

Folkestone Invicta XI

1 Bailey Vose

2 Joshua Vincent (c)

3 Nathan Green

4 Ian Gayle

5 Matthew Newman

6 James Rogers (Olutade 66’)

7 Scott Heard (Dancer 88’)

8 Ronnie Dolan

9 Ira Jackson

10 Adam Yusuff

11 Ian Draycott (Robbie Dolan 82’)

Subs

12 Ibrahim Olutade

14 Robbie Dolan

15 Callum Davies

16 Jake Dancer

18 Micheal Everitt

Attendance 257