Worthing 1 Blues 2

a3Report by Ellie Woollard, pics by Nathan Cracknell

Blues moved up to third in the Bostik Premier with a 2-1 victory at Worthing on Saturday.
The Blue Brazil have lost only once in 17 games since Steve Smith and Jamie Cureton took over the managerial reigns, but this was arguably their most impressive result as they faced a side also challenging for promotion.
Stortford settled into the game early on with a chance that fell to Jamie Cureton which was inches over the bar in the eighth minute.
Three minutes later Ryan Charles had a shot from 20 yards but was saved by the Worthing keeper after good work from Cureton.
a8Blues again went close with Alfie Mason crossing to Luke Callander who volleys over the bar and they continued to press forward and in the 25th minute a wonderful save denies Mason’s low shot that was turned over the bar.
It took the hosts 29 minutes before they had an attempt on goal, which was headered over the bar by Will Miles at the back post.
In the 38th minute Worthing’s second attempt  saw Calum Kitscha denying Reece Myles-Meekums from close range.
The opening goal came 20 minutes into the second half as another excellent Mason corner saw captain Sam Robbins to rise high to head home from close range.

a8a7Nick Brown replaced the industrious Callander straight after the goal in the 66th minute and immediately got into the pace of the game before netting the second goal.

An impressive run from Charles who put the ball into the path of Brown who  hammered the ball past the home keeper to double the lead.
This saw the hosts push forward and put the Blues under a huge amount of pressure but good defensive work from the team denied Worthing a chance to get back into the game; until the 85th minute which saw a wonderful free kick taken by Sam Rents into the top corner, giving Kitscha no chance.
Brown limped off holding with a hamstring injury late in the game but that was the only downer for the visitors as they held on for an impressive victory.
STORTFORD: Calum Kitscha ; Ben Sampayo; Chris Gregan; Jack Thomas; Sam Robbins; Ryan Henshaw; Alfie Mason; Johnville Renee; Jamie Cureton; Luke Callander (Nick Brown 66 (Hector Kyprianou 89)); Ryan Charles. Unused subs: Isaac Nkosi; ; Olly Miles and Jordan Westcott.
WORTHING: Kleton Petrreou; Alex Parsons; Sam Rents; Darren Budd; James Crane; Will Miles; Reece Myles-Meekums; Joe Clarke; Callum Kealy; Ricky Aguair and James StarkeySubstitutes: Luca Cocoracchio; Jared Rance; Rhyle Ovenden; Jasper Pattenden and Hayden Skerry.
Attendance: 846