Recap | Bishop's Stortford (a)

March 06, 2024
Recap | Bishop's Stortford (a)
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CHORLEY made it five wins out of their last six games on Tuesday evening, a 1-4 rampant display to see off Bishop's Stortford at the RDA Stadium and cement their third-placed position in the Vanarama National League North table even further.

The Magpies started the better of the two sides but quickly found themselves with work to do, AARON GREENE firing Steve Smith’s side into an early lead as his shot from range proved too strong for Max Dearnley.

Following the goal, the Magpies continued to kick on in attack in search for the equaliser and wouldn’t have to wait long to get it, ADAM HENLEY with a curling effort that found the far corner mid-way through the first half.

Andy Preece’s side would take a deserved lead into the break through MARK ELLIS, his fifth goal of the season coming courtesy of Jack Hazlehurst’s pinpoint cross from the right, a carbon copy of his goal at the weekend.

Mark Ellis celebrates scoring Chorley's second goal vs Bishop's Stortford (David Airey)

Following the restart Chorley continued to dominate proceedings but to the hosts' credit, they refused to roll over and wouldn’t let the Magpies in at will.

The hosts were dealt a blow with 20 minutes left to go though, Hazlehurst sloppily clipped inside the box and JUSTIN JOHNSON coolly slotted home from 12-yards to bag his 13th league goal of the campaign.

MIKE CALVELEY then got in on the act only minutes later, heading in from close range from Jack Sampson’s smart flick-on to put the game beyond doubt and keep the Magpies firmly in the hunt for second place in the table with ten games to go.

Bishop's Stortford: Giddens, Haines, Akolbire, Kassarate, Beadle, Foxley, Olufemi, Thomas (Oke, 73'), Charles, Greene (Lusardi, 80'), Alexander (Godfrinne, 57'). Unused: Robbins, Harvey.

Chorley: Dearnley, Donawa, Ellis, Wilson, Henley (Whitehouse, 78’), Calveley, Maguire, Glynn, Hazlehurst, Johnson (Horbury, 85’), Sampson (Ubaezuonu, 78’). Unused: Nolan, Shenton.

Goalscorers: Greene (6'), Henley (24'), Ellis (33'), Johnson (69'), Calveley (74').

Cautions: Kassarate (32'), Dearnley (84'), Olufemi (87').

Referee: Dan England.

Assistants: Nathan Briggs & Jack Birch.

Attendance: 246.

Up Next: We make the long trip down to Hereford FC on Saturday as we look to maintain our excellent run of current form.

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