Haringey Borough 0-6 Bishop’s Stortford Match Report

Haringey Borough 0-6 Bishop’s Stortford Match Report 15/2/22


A first half goal rush saw Bishop’s Stortford to a comfortable 0-6 win at Haringey Borough. Five of the goals came before the break, as the Blues made it a third consecutive win, scoring 11 goals in the last three matches – all away from home – with three clean sheets. With Enfield Town’s heavy defeat, it means the Blues go ahead of them into second in the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division with a much healthier goal difference.


New signing Jason Banton got an early shot away, firing wide from a quick throw in off the left wing, before David Olufemi was required to bundle Johnville Renee’s cross behind for a Blues corner. Chris Harris flicked the corner kick by Jonny Giles onto Henshaw near the penalty spot, who took a touch and fired low through a crowd, under the body of goalkeeper Alexander Zamani and into the back of the net on three minutes. And just four minutes later, Harris bagged a second assist, with a perfectly weighted through ball after pouncing on a poor pass by a defender, sliding Giles through on goal who camly lifted the ball over Zamani into the left side netting from a tight angle. Adam Morgan brought down a long switch on the left wing, but was flagged offside, and Anthony Church’s flicked header at the near post from a corner was blocked behind. Jack Thomas picked up the ball after it had been half cleared to the edge of the box from the second corner and passed to Giles on the right, whose dangerous cross passes through a crowd of defenders and Harris ghosted into the six yard box to slide home the Blues’ third. Georgios Aresti had Boro’s first of the match, a long range effort but Jack Giddens – making his 50th Blues appearance – was able to save with a dive low to his left. Darren Foxley’s long shot was rising from the moment it left his boot and cleared the crossbar, before Callum Ismail flew into a late tackle on the winger in the box for a certain penalty. Foxley himself stepped up to take it, and found the bottom left corner of the net despite Zamani diving the correct way. Harris netted his second on the stroke of half time, after a mix up between a defender and Zamani, he blocked the ‘keeper’s clearance and passed calmly into the empty net to cap off a remarkable half of football.


HT 0-5


The hosts came out flying in the second half, with Mekhi Leacock-McLeod and Jorge Djassi Sambu seeing long range effort narrowly miss the target, before the former stung Gidden’s palms with a low and powerful shot from outside the box. Undeterred by the mistake before half time, Haringey Borough continued to pass around the defence, but Harris was a constant threat with him and the team pressing high and forcing errors. Harris shot low from the edge of the box after intercepting an errant pass, but Zamani saved, and substitute Ollie Peters had a lively cameo, shooting low from range but Zamani parried it away from danger. Giddens was determined to preserve a clean sheet, saving a curling effort from Olufemi with a full length dive to keep the ball out of the top corner. Thomas scored only his second Blues goal in his 152nd appearance to complete the rout, running from midfield onto Peters’ through ball, one-on-one with Zamani and he slotted it calmly into the bottom right corner, with the defence caught out trying an offside trap. Leacock-McLeod, the brightest spark in a disappointing night for Boro, couldn’t beat Giddens with a half-volley effort which he comfortably caught above his head as the Blues saw out a comfortable win.


FT 0-6

The Blues host league leaders Worthing in what could prove to be a season defining match on Saturday 19 February, before the trip to Margate on Saturday 26 February.



Haringey Borough XI

1 Alexander Zamani

2 David Olufemi

3 Callum Ismail

4 Rakim Richards (c)

5 Michael O’Donoghue

6 Tyrese-Jordon Owen (Mitchell 46’)

7 Jorge Djassi-Sambu (Yellow card 38’)

8 Georgios Aresti (Owusu 71’)

9 Alfred Bawling

10 Andronicos Georgiou (Leacock-McLeod 30’)

11 Adam Morgan


12 Sami Bessadi

13 Alfie Marigliani

14 Mekhi Leacock-McLeod

15 Scott Mitchell

16 Samuel Owusu


Blues XI

1 Jack Giddens

3 Archie Edwards

4 Anthony Church (Robbins 77’)

6 Ryan Henshaw © (Goal 3’) (Haines 71’)

7 Jonny Giles (Goal 7’)

9 Chris Harris (Goal 17’ 45+3’)

11 Johnville Renee

12 Jack Thomas (Goal 73’) (Yellow card 83’)

14 Darren Foxley (Goal pen 39’)

19 Billy Cracknell

20 Jason Banton (Peters 62’)


5 Sam Robbins

10 Frankie Merrifield

15 Ryan Charles

16 Ollie Peters

17 Mark Haines


Attendance 304