BISHOP’S STORTFORD 6 LOWESTOFT TOWN 1
MATT Kemp hit a hat-trick as Blues came back from a goal down to Blues comfortably beat basement side Lowestoft Town.
This win saw Stortford bounce back two days after Tim Moylette’s side had lost at Brentwood Town 3-0 thereby ending an unbeaten run that stretched back to 1st November.
However, the win over the Trawlerboys together with Brightlingsea Regent being held at home to a 1-1 draw by Norwich City RDP means that the Birchwood High School based side still have a great chance to win their Alliance division providing they win their final two matches.
The Blues were caught cold in the fourth minute as Corey Roskell rounded off an attack for the visitors with a shot across goal past Aron Martin into the far bottom corner.
Stortford gradually recovered from this surprise but were foiled by Lowestoft stopper Kai Gillings who saved with his legs from Kemp in the 24th minute with Sami Shulton shooting wide from the rebound.
Kemp then hit the post on the half-hour before Kieran Bonney had a goal over-ruled following a Cruse corner.
Gillings then again denied Kemp in the 38th minute and, in quick succession, Joseph Vieites-Stephenson shot over the bar after another corner and the Lowestoft keeper produced another good save to stop Jamie Riley from scoring.
Then at last in the first minute of added time at the end of the half Stortford equalised when Jacob Bennett crossed into the middle and Bonney was left with a straightforward tap in.
Four goals from the Blues in the first 20 minutes of the second half settled the contest.
Two minutes after the break Vieites-Stephenson was heavily involved in the move that saw him provide the pass out to the right for Kemp to cross into the middle and Shulton to find the net.
Roskell almost scored again for the visitors with a shot that was narrowly wide but Stortford extended their lead as Kemp’s fine header from a Bonney cross, beat Gillings.
Bonney should have scored again but Jacob Bennett then added a fourth goal in the 58th minute with an excellent solo goal following a run from almost the halfway line.
Bennett went close again and then in the 65th minute Kempt netted with a fine shot.
The entertainment continued with Jayden Block hitting the bar for the Suffolk side and Blues substitute Pedro Gomes-Dinis did likewise in the 81st minute.
Dan Pinkney had a shot well saved by Gillings four minutes later and it was from Pinkney’s centre that Kemp completed his hat-trick at the end of the match with a close range shot at the back post.
Stortford’s next match is at home next Wednesday (2pm) to second-in-the-table and long time league leaders Barking.
BISHOP’S STORTFORD: Aron Martin; Kieran Bonney; Chad Cruse (Oliver Travell 70); Joseph Vieites-Stephenson; Jamie Riley; Charlie Riley (Harry Senior 70); Jacob Bennett; Dan Pinkney; Matt Kemp; Jack Booker (Dan Hampton 46); Sami Shulton (Pedro Gomes-Dinis 79).