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Cheshunt 1-0 Bishop’s Stortford Match Report

Cheshunt 1-0 Bishop’s Stortford Match Report 18/4/22

Bishop’s Stortford lost 1-0 at Cheshunt on Easter Monday, but remain on course to finish second in the Pitching Isthmian League Premier Division.

The Blues were defeated for the first time since 8 January, and conceded after a Club record 1088 minutes without the defence being breached. Stortford’s Hertfordshire rivals ended a seven game winning streak, 12 consecutive clean sheets and a 17 match unbeaten run.

Defeat for Hornchurch at Bowers and Pitsea means a point is enough for Stortford next Saturday at home to Cray Wanderers to secure a home play-off semi-final and possible final. Hornchurch require a six-goal swing to overturn the Blues’ goal difference, if Stortford lose at home to the Wands on 23 April. Victory for the Ambers confirmed a fifth-placed finish, meaning they are likely to be the visitors to the R & D Advisors Stadium on Wednesday 27 April.

The Blues had an early chance to break the deadlock, Darren Foxley’s low cross from the left was controlled by Archie Jones, who laid it off to Jonny Giles on the edge of the box, but his shot was blocked. Ryan Henshaw misread the flight of the ball and missed his header from a long goal kick and Kayne Dedrick-Roberts ran through on the right channel to finish from a tight angle. A low corner from Giles was flicked at the near post by Foxley, and goalkeeper Preston Edwards caught the high ball. Joe Re had a low shot from a tight angle cleared off the line by Archie Edwards, before Giles’ low free kick was brilliantly tipped around the post by Preston Edwards. A deep corner was headed goalwards but Johnville Renee headed clear, Amadou Kassaratte went down under a challenge from Edwards near the goal-line, but referee Lawrence Torz-Brown waved his arms dismissively as the host appealed for a penalty. Mo Camara flicked the ball with his back to goal over the defence, but Jack Giddens made the save, and Giles saw his cross juggled by Edwards and caught at the second time before Harris could apply the finishing touch.

HT 1-0

Foxley met Renee’s cross with a diving header but his effort went wide of the target, and Harris could only fire wide from 20 yards with a low strike. Re tried to catch Giddens out with the ‘keeper off his line, but the 40 yard shot bounced twice before it reached him and it was easily saved. Dedrick-Roberts fired a free kick in a promising position over the crossbar and Henshaw couldn’t quite get his head on the end of a curling Peters free kick at the far post, despite a full dive. Harris headed a deep free kick by Giles back across goal but Edwards saved it, and substitute Ryan Charles added some impetus to the Blues attack when he came on, forcing Edwards into a fine low save and winning a corner. Henshaw, moved into a second striker position for the last few minutes of the game, rose highest to meet a right wing cross by Giles, but his downwards header was into Edwards’ arms. Dedrick-Roberts could have sealed the win in injury time, but scuffed his shot in the six yard box from a right wing cut back and Giddens saved. The last chance of the match fell to Charles, but his shot was deflected behind for a corner, which the hosts defended well, to see out a victory which confirmed their play-off spot.

FT 1-0

The Blues finish the regular season at the R & D Advisors UK Stadium with Cray Wanderers visiting on 23 April, before the play-off semi-final on Wednesday 27 April.

TEAMS

Cheshunt XI

1 Preston Edwards

2 Enock Ekongo

3 Chevron McClean

4 Amadou Kassaratte (Yellow card 76’)

5 Adam Crowther

6 Taylor McKenzie

7 Kayne Dedrick-Roberts (Goal 5’)

8 Joe Re (c) (Yellow card 25’)

9 Mo Camara

10 Nicholas Dib (Beccles-Richards 64’)

11 Jamie Reynolds

Subs

12 Jerry Puemo

14 Reece Beccles-Richards

15 Daniel Ojo

16 Ebz Addo-Kuffour

17 George Marsh

Blues XI

1 Jack Giddens

3 Archie Edwards (Yellow card 74’)

6 Ryan Henshaw (c)

7 Jonny Giles

8 Archie Jones (Yellow card 35’) (Charles 56’)

9 Chris Harris

11 Johnville Renee

12 Jack Thomas

14 Darren Foxley (Haines 72’)

16 Ollie Peters

19 Billy Cracknell

Subs

5 Sam Robbins

15 Ryan Charles

17 Mark Haines

18 Jason Banton

20 Charlie Allum

Attendance 656