Bishop’s Stortford 1-4 Peterborough Sports Match Report 30/7/22
Bishop’s Stortford fell to a 1-4 defeat at home to Peterborough Sports in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. The Turbines scored twice in either half after Frankie Merrifield had given the Blues the lead before the break. The Cambridgeshire side are preparing for life in the National League North after winning promotion via the play-offs from the Southern League Premier Division Central.
Peterborough Sports’ #10 had the first chance of note, seeing two shots blocked at close range by Sam Robbins and the returning Jimmy Wallace, before Jack Giddens caught a high right wing cross. Darren Foxley worked hard to keep the ball in play near the corner flag and passed back to Archie Edwards, his cross was volleyed by Ryan Charles at the back post but the defender blocked the shot. Merrifield picked up the ball outside the box on the left side and forced the visiting keeper into a smart low save towards the bottom left corner. But from the next attack, Merrifield did hit the back of the net, curling home into the bottom right from Charles’ right wing cut back. Tosin Olufemi slid a through ball towards Ollie Peters on the right wing, but his shot from a tight angle didn’t hit the target. #7 slammed into the bottom right corner to equalise after the Blues failed to clear, before Peterborough Sports delivered a sucker punch, taking the lead before the break with #6 heading home from close range from a left wing corner.
Substitute Jonny Giles nearly made an instant impact with a low shot in the first minute after the restart, but he narrowly missed the target. #2 made a run from right back and hit the left upright from 20 yards, before #9 converted a free header from a right wing cross, nodding back across goal into the bottom right corner. #5 headed over the bar from a left wing free kick by #10, and the substitute #17 also nodded off target from a right wing cross to end a counter attack break. Terrell Egbri nearly latched on to a long ball from defence, but the keeper reacted quickly to clear the danger, before Ollie Peters shot high and wide from a lay-off. Matt Johnson whipped a cross in towards Chris Harris, but a defender beat him to the header, before a mix-up in the back line led to a fourth goal for Peterborough Sports, with #20 slotting home.
The Blues host local rivals Harlow Town in a friendly on Tuesday 2 July.
1 Jack Giddens
3 Archie Edwards
5 Sam Robbins (c)
6 Jimmy Wallace
8 Matt Johnson
10 Frankie Merrifield (Goal 17’)
11 Tosin Olufemi
12 Jack Thomas
14 Darren Foxley
15 Ryan Charles
18 Ollie Peters
2 Jay Porter (Wallace 55’)
7 Jonny Giles (Charles 46’)
9 Chris Harris (Merrifield 46’)
16 Terrell Egbri (Thomas 55’)