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Miles better for young Blues

BISHOP’S STORTFORD 2, WINDSOR 2
(THE NATIONAL LEAGUE UNDER 19 ALLIANCE – DIVISION C)
Two goals from Olly Miles helped the young Blues record their first draw of the season.
In a contest that Stortford showed much more conviction than of late, the Blues didn’t make a great start as the visitors took the lead in the fifth minute through Yuri Cardoso netting a rebound after he had first hit a post.
Stortford quickly settled down though and five minutes later Miles was close with a header past the near post following a Matt Kemp free-kick from the right. Then they equalised in the 14th minute when, from another Kemp free-kick from almost the same position, Miles found the net this time with a firm header.
The Royals retook the lead in the 20th minute when Sam Phelp’s free-kick from deep on the right flank was headed home at the far post by Eric Alberto
A period of even play followed but the Blues nearly levelled three minutes before the break after Toluwani Osiyemi broke down the right and cut the ball back for Louie Johnson who saw his goal-bound low shot cleared off the goal-line.
Archie Lambert made a good blocking save just inside his penalty box after Cardoso bore down on goal in the 57th minute while at the other end Windsor stopper Henry Poole denied Osiyemi with a fine save two minutes later.
tutuPoole also did well in the 79th minute to keep out an angled effort from substitute Jamie Riley.
However, just a minute later Stortford were back on level terms. A corner on the right from Oliver Travell reached the far side of the box where Osiyemi was fouled by centre back Alberto and the Blues were awarded a penalty that Miles converted.
Both sides went close to grabbing a winner before the final whistle but the match finished all square.
The Academy side have three home matches to complete their season – Wednesday 10th April v Brentford Community Sports Trust (1.00pm), Wednesday 24th April v Brentwood Town (1.00pm) and Monday 29th April v London Tigers (1.30pm).
Blues: Archie Lambert; Kieran Bonney; Dan Pinkney; Jack Booker; Matthew Wood; Olly Miles; Oliver Travell; Harry Senior (Jamie Riley 63); Toluwani Osiyemi; Louie Johnson; Matt Kemp.
Unused substitutes: Mason Carlier, Jake Wildman, Will Palmer-Fenny and Jack Johnson.