The Blues slumped to a 1-5 defeat at home to Cray Wanderers on Tuesday night.
In the rearranged fixture for our visitor’s involvement in the FA Cup, 10-man Blues suffered their biggest home defeat since a 0-5 against Banbury in January 2018.
Wanderers opened the scoring on 25 minutes after a slow start to the game when Hoe Taylor converted from close range after Fred Burbidge had saved Ben Mundele’s original shot from the right channel.
Jack Thomas got off the mark for the season with a brilliant solo goal to equalise four minutes later, he ran through the Wanderers’ midfield and shot low right-footed into the bottom corner.
Just a minute later, Jamie Cureton had a great chance to take the lead with a curling effort from 12 yards, with the shot just going wide.
Tom Murphy capitalised on the rare error in front of the goal, scoring on 38 minutes after beating Ryan Henshaw to a long goal kick and shooting low past Burbidge.
Karl Dent rounded off the first half’s goals with a powerful strike from a tight angle that found the back of the net.
Taylor got his second after getting past Henshaw and scoring with a composed finish 10 minutes after the restart.
Captain Sam Robbins was shown a red card for a last-man challenge, and Murphy scored straight from the free kick wide on the right.
Olly Miles came on with 20 minutes to go and had a lively cameo in front of goal, with several good chances falling to the young man who scored the winner for Enfield in the FA Vase on Saturday.
Wanderers managed to see out the game and move up to eighth in the BetVictor Isthmian Premier, while the Blues are down in 13th.
Bishop’s Stortford XI
1: Fred Burbidge
4: Jack Thomas (Goal 29’) (Yellow card 82’)
5: Sam Robbins © (Red card 66’)
6: Ryan Henshaw
8: Alex Warman
9: Jamie Cureton (Sub Sampayo 72’)
11: Aaron Greene
12: Harry Morgan (Sub Mason 73’)
14: Johnville Renee
17: Mark Haines (Yellow card 52’)
20: Shomari Barnwell (Sub Miles 69’)
2: Ben Sampayo
3: Billy Mycroft-Edwards
10: Olly Miles
15: Alfie Mason
19: Kane Lowe
Cray Wanderers XI
1: Lewis Carey
2: Barney Williams ©
3: Tom Carlse
5: Mitchell Nelson
8: Lee Lewis
9: Joe Taylor (Goal 25’ 55’)
11: Ben Mundele (Sub Parker 67’)
12: Tom Murphy (Goal 38’ 68’) (Sub Federico 80’)
14: Karl Dent (Goal 43’) (Sub Allen 60’)
15: Bradley Pritchard
20: Harry Hudson
7: Jerome Federico
10: Freddie Parker
18: Geoffrey Okonkwo
19: Charlie Allen
23: Grant Hall