BISHOP’S STORTFORD 4 FROME TOWN 0
Although Dipo Akinyemi gave the hosts an early lead, there was little between the two sides up until the final 20 minutes when Stortford notched three goals with Jamie Cureton and Akinyemi each hitting a brace.
Watson was without Marvel Ekpiteta who was serving his one match suspension after being red carded the previous Saturday. The Blues boss brought Jordan Westcott into the right back position and George Casey switched to a central defence role alongside Joe Robinson.
It was a good performance all round with the defence much tighter and organised than of late. Stortford closed down quickly and allowed Frome little time to dwell on the ball.
Although Dean Ager had a low drive held by keeper Kyle Phillips in the opening minute it was the visitors who looked to have the edge early on and looking slightly stronger in midfield at that time.
Ryan Bath went close following a Darren Jefferies cross but it was the Blues who took the lead in the 16th minute. Casey intercepted the ball in his own half and set up Akinyemi to run down the middle and with the visiting defence caught out of position the Blues’ number nine advanced to beat Phillips with a low drive.
Jack Thomas had a 25 yard shot blocked and then the Somerset side came more into the picture as the break approached.
An effort from outside the box in the 34th minute by Jon Davies was close after the ball had been chested down by Bath and then 10 minutes later Kitscha blocked away an acute angled strike from Jefferies. Soon afterwards in added time, a Connor Roberts header was held by Kitscha after a free-kick and Jefferies was close with a shot past the far upright.
The Somerset side began after the resumption on the front foot and a 20 yard drive by skipper George Miller was tipped over the bar by Kitscha in the 49th minute and Marcus Mapstone headed narrowly over at near post from the resultant corner.
Stortford soon settled down and Mark Hughes headed over from a Ager cross from the right in the 64th minute and then five minutes later the roles were reversed as the Blues skipper slipped the ball into Ager to cut in from the right and send a shot into the side-netting.
The all important second goal for Stortford arrived in the 70th minute. The goal was largely netted thanks to some hard work by Akinyemi who battled after seeming to be on a lost cause to win the ball midway in the Frome half and when it ran loose Cureton fastened on to it and advanced to fire past Phillips from an angle.
Cureton struck again in the 79th minute. This time Ager collected a misdirected Frome pass near the halfway line and slipped the ball upfield to the veteran who beat Phillips with a clinical shot.
It only took three more minutes until the fourth goal was registered. Tom Clfford’s corner from the left into the middle deflected to Akinyemi and the on-loan striker drove the ball low through a forest of legs and into the net from 12 yards
There could have been more goals before the final whistle. Phillips, diving to his left, saved well after Darren Foxley rounded off a fine move with a goalbound effort. Jefferies was close again for the visitors with a shot across the face of goal and George Miller skimmed the bar.
Akinyemi was denied scoring a hat-trick by Phillips with a fine blocking save and then in the closing action of the match Kitscha stopped Davies snatching a consolation goal.
STORTFORD: Calum Kitscha; Jordan Westcott; Tom Clifford; Mark Hughes; George Casey; Joe Robinson; Dean Ager (Alfie Mason 79); Jack Thomas (Freddie Oakman 86); Dipo Akinyemi; Jamie Cureton; Darren Foxley.
FROME TOWN: Kyle Phillips; Krissy Miller; Ben Withey; Connor Roberts (Sam Teale 58); Marcus Mapstone; Chas Hemmings; Jon Davies; George Miller; Ryan Bath (Ollie Knowles 63); Darren Jefferies; Ollie Knight.
Unused substitutes: Ben Griffiths and Ben Cleverley.
Referee: Carl Pearse