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Bishop’s Stortford 4-1 Hornchurch Match Report

Bishop’s Stortford 4-1 Hornchurch Match Report 26/12/22

Bishop’s Stortford reduced the gap to the league leaders to one point with a 4-1 win at home to Hornchurch on Boxing Day. When Liam Nash opened the scoring for the visitors, the Blues looked likely to go seven points adrift of the Urchins, but Stortford hit back with four goals unanswered to finish 2022 unbeaten at home in regular league matches for the whole year.

Ollie Peters’ low cross from the right was deflected into the path of Brandon Adams, who turned and shot but a block saw it loop up into the hands of Joe Wright. Sam Higgins saw his low shot from the right of the box blocked by Haines but only back to the striker, whose low cross went through the box and evaded all of his teammates. Jack Thomas drove into the box from midfield, and appeared to be blocked from continuing his run by a defender but the referee waved play on. At the other end, Thomas blocked a left wing cross, into the path of Oliver Muldoon but he slipped as he shot and the ball flew over the bar. Hornchurch broke the deadlock in the 16th minute, when Nash flicked the ball from Higgins’ left wing cross into the far corner from the near post. The Blues responded well though, and nullified any threat of the Urchins doubling their lead. Peters’ cross from the right was into a great area for Adams, who had got in front of the defender, but couldn’t reach the ball and Joe Wright saved. Merrifield’s pass from deep out went to Peters on the right wing, whose low shot went narrowly wide of the left post. Haines’ double block denied shots in the box from Tobi Joseph and Higgins, before Jack Giddens saved the third shot from Higgins. From the next attack, his cross from the right nearly curled in at the far post but Giddens watched it wide. Matt Johnson forced Wright into a low save with a curling shot, before a powerful drive from the midfielder nearly dipped into the top corner but landed on the roof of the net. The Blues netted a deserved equaliser on the stroke of half-time, when Peters curled a 25 yard free kick over the wall and into the top left corner.

HT 1-1

Stortford started in the second half how they finished the first, with captain Ryan Henshaw putting the Blues in front with a header from a corner, Wright initially looked like he had kept it out but the power on the header was too much from Jonny Giles’ corner. Merrifield cushioned the ball into Adams’ path, but his half-volley went wide, he crossed to Giles from the next attack, his shot was saved into Merrifield’s path but he couldn’t find the target. Higgins tried a different technique from a similar position to Peters’ free kick in the first half, he went for power, aiming for the top right corner but he missed the target. Peters beat the full back on the left wing and cut the ball back from the bye-line to Giles, who smartly finished across goal into the bottom right corner. Gile’s corner was swung into the far post area for Johnson, but he headed onto the roof of the net. And Muldoon fired high over the crossbar with a first time strike from 20 yards. Hornchurch pushed to reduce the deficit and make it a grandstand finish, but had committed too many men forward, and Peters was able to break forward on the right, he switched the ball to Merrifield who slid in Giles making a run to the left side of the box. Merrifield, making a run behind the Blues No. 7, received the ball back from Giles, who had drawn Wright out, for the striker to net a superb fourth in the dying stages of the game to seal the win, and score his 50th goal for the Club.

FT 4-1

TEAMS

Blues XI

1 Jack Giddens

2 Jay Porter

6 Ryan Henshaw © (Goal 53’)

7 Jonny Giles (Goal 61’) (Foxley 90’)

8 Matt Johnson

10 Frankie Merrifield (Goal 89’) ( Demtriou 90+2’)

11 Tosin Olufemi

12 Jack Thomas

16 Brandon Adams (Atilola 71’)

17 Mark Haines

18 Ollie Peters (Goal 45’)

Subs

3 Josh Demetriou

14 Darren Foxley

15 Ryan Charles

20 Anthony Atilola

Hornchurch XI

1 Joe Wright

2 Mickey Parcell

4 Jordan Clark (Sutton 50’)

5 Nathan Bertram-Cooper

7 Oliver Muldoon

8 Lewwis Spence (c)

9 Sam Higgins

10 Liam Nash (Goal 16’)

11 Ellis Brown

12 Tobi Joseph (Ogunwamide 69’)

15 Thomas Wraight (Munns 82’)

Subs

3 Remi Sutton

13 Lamar Joseph-Johnson

16 Joe Christou

17 Jack Munns

19 Ola Ogunwamide

Attendance 736

By Hamish Arnold