Saffron Walden 0-3 BSFC

Saffron Walden Town 0-3 Bishop’s Stortford Match Report 25/8/20


Bishop’s Stortford got back to winning ways in pre-season with a 0-3 victory at Saffron Walden Town. Joe Boachie scored in the first minute of the match, while James Baker and Trialist were on target in the second half after the Blues had suffered three consecutive friendly defeats.


Boachie’s strike came from the first attack of the match, firing into the top right corner from the edge of the box after Callum Ibe had cut it back from the left wing. Having taken an early lead, the Blues continued to dominate, with Trialist going close with a header from Darren Foxley’s cross and then forcing Reece Paine into a save from a free kick before a speculative effort from long range that went wide of the target. Jack Thomas saw his volleyed strike go inches wide of the post, before Trialist’s half-volley also went wide. The first chance for the hosts to get on the scoresheet in the match – and in the whole of pre-season – was after a Jack Giddens error after his miscued kick fell to George Pullen who ran through and squared to Alfie Hinton, but his effort went high of the target from close range. Pullen was involved at the other end soon after, making a great sliding tackle inside the box to deny Ibe when he was lining up for a shot, before Ibe did have a shot from the next attack, but he didn’t challenge Paine. Foxley curled an effort just wide, before Ben Marlow stung the palms of Paine and Ibe struck the crossbar on the rebound in a frenetic end to the first half.


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With Foxley and Ibe making way for the second half, there was space for James Baker in a more advanced position, and substitute Louie Johnson nearly found him with a through ball but the offside flag was raised. James Crane saw his header saved brilliantly by Giddens low down, before Trialist cleared. Baker showed he can ply his trade in an attacking role, bringing a cross down, beating the defender outside, and side-footing it calmly past Paine to double the lead. Alex Warman’s corner from the right was headed into the ground and glanced off the crossbar by Mark Haines, before Warman had a free kick headed off the line. The third and final goal for the Blues came from a counter-attack, Baker picked up the ball after it had been cleared from a corner, and picked out Trialist with a through ball who rounded the keeper and slotted home. The lead could have increased further when Johnson’s shot was straight at Paine, and his free kick went straight at the wall.

After some poor results, the Blues can take some confidence from this win, a good performance and a clean sheet ahead of their meeting with League Two Leyton Orient on Bank Holiday Monday.

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Saffron Walden Town XI

1 Reece Paine

2 Tom Skelton

3 Vinny Durrant

4 Joe Pullen

5 Scott Pethers (c)

6 A Fox

7 George Pullen

8 Steve Carwell

9 Gavin Cockman

10 James Crane

11 Alfie Hinton


12 Jake Noble

14 Jake Frodsham

15 Sam Soutar

16 Ollie Finch


Blues XI

1 Jack Giddens

2 Sam Robbins (c)

3 Ross Debrick

4 Jack Thomas

5 Mark Haines

7 Trialist

8 Ben Marlow

9 Callum Ibe

10 Joe Boachie (Goal 1’)

11 Darren Foxley

20 James Baker (Goal 55’)


6 Alex Warman

12 Trialist

14 Trialist

17 Trialist

16 Ben Smith

18 Ryan Henshaw

19 Louie Johnson