A DEFENSIVE lapse just before the break cost Blues as they went down 1-0 at Dorchester Town, on Saturday.
In a dull game between two teams with little to play for, Dorchester took the three points in first half stoppage time as Blues switched off and allowed Tom Blair to curl the ball high into the top corner from 20 yards.
Blues’ boss Kevin Watson named an unchanged team following the Easter Monday loss at Royston, but it was the hosts who shaded the early action with Luke Winsper heading over from 15 yards.
The visitors won their first corner of the afternoon in the 14th minute after Casey’s diagonal causes confusion in the Magpies back line. Darren Foxley swung it in and but Marvel Ekpiteta’s shot was off target and the hosts cleared.
George Casey went close after a good move involving Freddie Oakman and Alfie Mason, while Jamie Cureton nearly marked his 950th senior appearance with a goal as he fired over the bar from 25 yards.
Cureton again went close as the half drew to a close, seeing an effort deflected wide, but with the visitors caught napping Town grabbed what proved to be the winner.
Stortford keeper Callum Kitscha did well to keep out an effort from Blair early in the second half before Cureton rushed a shot and fired wide.
A trademark Foxley corner forced home keeper Weale to tip the ball over as Blues had a good spell without creating many clear-cut opportunities.
A last ditch tackle by Mason denied George Casey in the Dorchester box and the hosts scrambled away a couple of corners as Stortford threw everything forward in the closing stages but Kitscha did well to keep a long-range effort from Bastik before the game petered out.
Blues: C Kitscha, G Casey, T Clifford, M Hughes, M Ekpiteta, J Robinson, J Westcott (M Brassington 80), F Oakman, A Mason, J Cureton, D Foxley. Unused subs: C Cruse, M Crowther, J Riley