Wingate & Finchley 0-1 Bishop’s Stortford Match Report

Wingate & Finchley 0-1 Bishop’s Stortford Match Report 18/3/23

Hamish Arnold

Bishop’s Stortford returned to winning ways and closed the gap to leaders Hornchurh with a 0-1 win at Wingate & Finchley in the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division on Saturday. There were also wins for Aveley, Canvey Island, Enfield Town, Cray Wanderers, Lewes and Horsham, while the Urchins only drew. The Blues are now three points off the top having played a game more.

Sam Deering’s curling free kick from the left wing was punched away by Ben Goode, but only as far as Frankie Merrifield but his low effort was blocked. Ryan Charles and Ollie Peters combined on the left wing before finding Deering in the middle but he curled the effort wide of the right post. Deering took the ball under control from a through ball and with minimal back lift took the shot early, but Goode was right behind the effort. From a Blues free kick, Antonis Vasiliou broke down the left wing, cut in and shot from the edge of the box, but the Stortford defence recovered to block the shot. The best chance of the half fell to Peters, who fired over the bar from 15 yards in space, when Darren Foxley had  cut the ball back from the goal line with a low cross after patient build up. In first half injury time, a sweetly struck half-volley by Blues captain Ryan Henshaw – in his 150th appearance for the club – looked to be going on target but a deflection took it wide.

HT 0-0

Merrifield won a flick on which Charles ran on to, and was fouled by Camron Gbadebo in the box. Tosin Olufemi stepped up and calmly dispatched the spot kick into the bottom left corner, beating Goode with a shot just inside the post. Jack Giddens made his first save of the match when Wilfred Samuel-Ompreon broke through the Blues defence and fired low, but Giddens pushed it away. Merrifield’s strike from range lacked power and was saved by Goode, and Peters chipped the ball into the box from a short Deering free kick, Charles jumped highest for the header but Goode punched clear. Harry Beadle fouled Vasiliou on the edge of the box but Sam Cornish curled his shot over the bar.

FT 0-1

Wingate & Finchley XI

1 Ben Goode (c) (Yellow card 86’)

2 Camron Gbadebo (Yellow card 50’)

3 Ben Siggers (Wynter 67’)

4 Matthew Achuba

5 Michael Olarewaju

6 Olarinde WIlliams

7 Luke Ifil (Hercules 78’)

8 Sam Cornish (Yellow card 40’)

9 Dylan Kearney (Samuel-Ompreon 67’)

10 Antonis Vasiliou

11 Elliot Long


12 Daniel Emovon

14 Emmanuel Yeboah

15 Raynel Hercules

16 Dernell Wynter

17 Wilfred Samuel-Ompreon

Bishop’s Stortford XI

1 Jack Giddens

3 Sam Deering (Porter 83’)

4 Anthony Church (Yellow card 45’)

6 Ryan Henshaw (c) (Haines 75’)

8 Matt Johnson

10 Frankie Merrifield (Yellow card 78’)

11 Tosin Olufemi (Goal 51’p)

14 Darren Foxley

15 Ryan Charles (Thomas 76’)

18 Ollie Peters

19 Harry Beadle


2 Jay Porter

7 Jonny Giles

9 Donell Thomas

17 Mark Haines

20 Chris Harris

Attendance 131