SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014
P10 W3 D2 L5 F19 A25
L1S WON 2-1 VS COLCHESTER. SCORERS: PIPPA BULL, HOLLIE LAIDLAW
Bishops stortford ladies XI visited Colchester hoping to continue
their good form and register another win. They started as they finished
the previous week and had early domination on the Colchester goal. The
visitors opened the scoring with some classy passing around the defence
from forwards Sally Powell and pippa bull with the later finally
finishing the move in the back of the net. However some sloppy set play
routines from stortford meant the pressure was not capitalised on and
the hosts equalised before the break with a short corner.
the break stortford hoped to start placing the pressure back on but
they seemed to lose their rhythm and the hosts starting to gain more
possession and start pressurising the visitors d. The biggest threat
came when Colchester forward beat the keeper but Jemma smith covered the
goal to make a last ditch tackle on the goal line to make a clearance.
the belief from previous weeks held fast and in the final 10minutrs
stortford once again picked up their game and looked for the win. A
short corner routine saw a goalie foul which resulted in much confusion
over the decision of whether a flick goal or short corner should be
given. Despite stortford a protests they were only awarded the short but
they overcame the poor decision by netting the corner. Goal scorer
Hollie laidlaws celebrations showed the importance of the goal to the
team. The final few minutes were held and another victory was added to
stortfords good season. The victory allows the visitors a 5 point lead
in 3rd place upminster and trailing 1st place St. Albans by just 1
point. Next week stortford host Chelmsford at home.
M1s LOST 1-5 VS SPALDING. SCORER: JON TAYLOR
Stortford entertained league high flyers Spalding and were looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing performance. With Alex Palmer unavailable due to an ankle injury and one or two other aches and pains across the squad, the home side knew they would have to put in a committed and clinical shift if they were to end the game with a positive outcome. The opening minutes were tense as both sides sought to probe one another but the early breakthrough came through a freak goal for the visitors. Allowed space deep in the right hand side of the home team’s circle, the Spalding winger shot low and hard to the back post. Butcher made the save but the rebound ricocheted off a Spalding player who scored from point blank range without knowing very much about it at all. This cruel twist of fate hit Stortford hard and whilst heads were not yet down, they were certainly wobbling. The game ebbed and flowed but after 15 minutes, there was a further blow to Stortford’s hopes. A wild ball was sprayed across the pitch in midfield which was gratefully intercepted by the Spalding midfield who drove towards captain Phil Mathison. He managed to slow up the attack but the ball again broke the gameline and the striker neatly flicked over the onrushing Butcher for his colleague to finish the move. The home team’s heads were now down and Spalding were attacking hard; another breakaway saw Butcher smother well at the top of the circle to break up a 1:1 attack and the defensive unit were called upon to repel a number of penalty corners. After 25 minutes the pressure told as a third goal came, this time from a penalty corner variation which went in flicked low across the circle into the side netting.
Stortford showed some resolve in the last 10 minutes of the first half and began to recreate some of the fluidity of the first part of the match. They won corners but in the absence of Palmer were unable to make telling use of them until in the very last moment of the half. A variation saw the ball slipped to the right hand side of the circle and Jon Taylor made no mistake in burying the ball into the Spalding goal. With the score 1-3 at half time, the conversion gave Stortford the glimmer of a life line. With renewed vigour, Stortford began the second half brimming with confidence and began to ask questions of their own. Cracks appeared in the visitors’ composure as their relationship with the umpires became fractious. Midway through the second half, a cynical tackle to break down a lively Stortford attack was rewarded with the Spalding player sent to the sin bin for five minutes and shortly afterwards, the umpire moved to quell the relentless chatter by dispatching a second visiting player to the corner to keep his teammate company. With the visitors down to 9 men, Stortford had the opportunity to reclaim a foothold in the game, but despite the numerical advantage, they were unable to make any significant inroads. As Spalding returned to full strength, Stortford looked to have missed their chance, and this was confirmed shortly afterwards as a cheap turnover allowed the visitors to drive to the right hand baseline and the cross was met with perfect timing by a man who had evaded his marker. For all intents and purposes, the game was over and although Stortford pressed forward again, the margin was too wide. Sam Ecott attempted to avoid a trip to Lincolnshire next week by hauling down an overhead from above his shoulder but this was a blemish in an otherwise spotless performance and the umpire sanctioned him only with a green card rather than the third yellow card of the season that would have seen him suspended. In the very final play of the game, Spalding attacked through the Stortford flank again to score with a finish that gave the scoreline a somewhat flattering perspective for the visitors. Nevertheless though, Stortford were clearly well-beaten and Coach Albert Marcano was left rueing missed chances as he admonished his players: “we need to be more composed and more clinical to win games. When we attack, we need to have balls penetrating the circle and we then need to finish it off, either with a shot on goal or by winning a corner.”
Next week, Stortford travel to another Lincolnshire outfit, Bourne Deeping, and with two games left before the season mid-point, Phil Mathison’s men will be looking to secure a much-desired win.
L2S DREW 1-1 VS WEST HERTS. SCORER: CHARLOTTE TEALL
Saturday 15 November is the day that BSHC arrive at West Herts for the big game - top of the league clash! Off to a good start, Stortford secure an early goal from Charlotte. Unfortunately with 20 minutes left West Herts slot in an equalising goal! 10 minutes to spare and we are still putting in 110% but cannot get a next goal to secure the win. Ending score 1-1. We are still top of the league :)
M2S WON 6-1 VS LUTON. SCORERS: ALBERT MARCANO X3, CHRIS SLACK, RICHARD MARKHAM, JEFF DUMMETT
A hat-trick from Albert Marcano, helped Bishop's Stortford Men's 2nd XI to their first win of the season, over Luton Town this weekend.
Bishop's Stortford set out to attack from the very first whistle, breaking into the Luton semi-circle within the opening seconds of the game, before a Luton Town player even touched the ball. This set the standard for the match, so it was no surprise when after 10 minutes, the home side opened the scoring. Bruce Rodda's attempt on goal was initially saved, however, Jeff Dummett was alert to the rebound off the Luton goalkeeper and flicked the ball into the side of the net, to give Stortford a deserved lead.
The hosts advantage was doubled minutes later when Albert Marcano found space behind the Luton defence and lifted his shot over the goalkeeper, who was on his way out to narrow the angle.
Luton mounted a few attacks of their own, reminding the Stortford back line to be aware the match was far from over and on one occasion thought they had managed to find a way through, only for Dan Hodder to stop a goal-bound strike from crossing the line and working the ball out to begin another Stortford attack.
Bishop's Stortford's third came moments before the interval from the Penalty Spot. The umpire had no option but to award the flick, when Rodda had a clear opportunity for a shot on goal, but was cynically challenged. Richard Markham stepped up and converted, leaving the keeper no chance, which gave the home side a 3-0 cushion at half time.
The second half started more positively for Luton, as they made their way higher up the pitch, with Stortford starting to sit back and protect an unfamiliar lead and following a goalmouth scramble, clawed a goal back.
But Stortford were not going to allow the opportunity of their first win to slip away and 2 minutes after conceding, a quick break saw Marcano in a one-on-one situation with the Luton 'keeper. There was only going to be one winner in that contest as Marcano sidestepped the outward rushing goalie and fired his shot into the bottom corner of the empty net.
Moments later, Chris Slack added Stortford's fifth, turning up in the right place at the right time to put the game out of reach.
Marcano then rounded the game off from a short-corner, flicking the ball so quickly past the Luton defenders, that even the umpires had to double-check that it was in the back of the net.
The 6-1 victory was enough to see Bishop's Stortford off the bottom of the table and now hope that this will kickstart a recovery away from the relegation zone. For next week's fixture, Stortford travel to, top of the table, West Herts.
L3s LOST 0-3 VS WEST HERTS 3
M3s LOST 1-5 VS SOUTHGATE ADELAIDE. SCORER: DAN CHAPMAN
The least said about this week and game the better!
Stortford were let down by a number of players being unavailable which left them too weak to mount any opposition against a good Southgate Adelaide side eventually losing 5-1.
The frustration of the situation boiled over on numerous occasions although not between the 2 sides! Both teams tried to play a game as best they could, but their opportunities to do so were limited. The match finished 5-1 with Stortford picking up 2 green cards and losing 2 players to the bin for a period of time.
A wholly unsatisfactory week and day and one we hope not to have to endure again.
L4s DREW 3-3 VS LETCHWORTH 4. SCORERS: HANNAH WITCHALLSX2, MOLLY TRIMBLE
M4s LOST 0-1 VS BLUEHARTS 4.
A makeshift Stortford team put in a performance of great character. Blueharts had most of the play but Stortford had several good opportunities on the break and were disappointed not to get a draw.
The first half started with Blueharts on top but Stortford defending well and keeping opportunities to a minimum. Stortford did start to put together some good attacking moves with Travedi's skill and Taylor's pace proving a threat. James Stephenson also settled very well to the unaccustomed role of right back.
As that was happening through Stortford conceded something of a freak goal with Stuart Eames sweeping in at the near post a Blueharts cross he was attempting to clear. The first half ended 1-0.
The second half was similar with Blueharts having most of the play but Stortford having their chances on the break. Sam Taylor in particular had a couple of sights of goal. At the other end, good defending from Stuart Eames, Sam Cunningham and Jonathan Moon and a couple of good saves from Simon Martyn kept Blueharts out and the score stayed 1-0.
Many thanks to those who made the trip. They all gave a great account of themselves.
M5s WON 4-1 VS SOUTHGATE ADELAIDE 2. SCORERS: NICK SLOWE X2, EUAN THOMAS, SEAN TRIMBLE
Another win this week, putting the 5ths up to 3rd in their league. It was another good result against their visitors, Southgate Adelaide 2. It was a well contested game in which Stortford always had there noses in front. A very competitive first half ended 1-1 and but a more lively second half resulted in 3 unanswered goals from the blues to end 4-1 up.
Southgate Adelaide were strong contenders in the first half but it was Stortford who scored first through a Nick Slowe effort. However within 5 minutes Southgate had responded and a well contested half continued with attacks being well contained by a makeshift Stortford defence, missing a couple of regulars, but with very able stand-ins!
In the second half Bishops Stortford took more control as Southgate appeared to tire. The pace of Euan Thomas was a constant threat and Arpan Singla provided pleny of attacking support to Nick Slowe who bagged a second for himself. Euan managed a great poachers goal stealing the ball off the Southgate defence and bustling back through them, and Sean Trimble took his chance well to get the third. Southgate Adelaide poured everything they could into the last 10 minutes but came away empty handed.
In a close vote for MoM both Euan and Sean Trimble received the majority of the votes but it was Sean who just won out.
M6s LOST 1-4 VS WINCHMORE HILL & ENFIELD 4. SCORER: TONY PENMAN
Once more unto the breach.
Another spirited performance for the Men’s 6th, against an opposition that appeared to have brought 2 team’s worth of players with them (and their friends and family), but another match ultimately underlining that areas that still need to be worked on this season.
In a reverse of recent form, the first half started poorly. Stortford were caught on the hop and conceded an easy goal in the first few minutes. However the backline of Rob Gill, Ross Howarth and (making his Club debut) Alex Kings, soon pulled themselves together and re-established themselves to block out all but a few of Winchmore’s attacks.
Across mid-field there were strong showings from Captain Duncan Laws (who remembered his GPS this week), John Gould (who didn’t), Andy Cox, Nigel Taylor and another solid performance from Tony Penman.
It was up-front where Stortford found themselves lacking, although more so in terms of structure than effort and enthusiasm. What started strongly, with lively performances from Phil Rowley and Will Sale in particular, still lacked the clinical finish to score from open play.
In terms of general play, Stortford continued to dominate large portions of the match, with periods of quick, intelligent play up the channels, good distribution, and aggression in terms of winning 50/50 balls and closing down opposing attacks. After holding the opposition to 0-1 for the first half, the 6’s managed to up the pressure in the second half and for large periods held the opposition in their own half.
However, it’s again with some disappointment that this didn’t translate to the score line. Despite winning at least 7/8 penalty corners, Stortford failed to convert them, until finally a Penman strike earned the 6’s a penalty stroke which was ably converted by Tony himself.
Unfortunately, in the meantime, Winchmore managed to pick up another hat-trick for their humble and unassuming Centre Forward, leading to Stortford falling 4-1 behind. Even throwing every man forwards, the 6’s were unable to pull anything else back and thus it ended as another defeat.
In summary, the future still looks a lot brighter than it has in past seasons for the Mighty 6’s, however until they start getting the ball in the back of the net they’re going to struggle to get results.
Man of the match this week was Ross Howarth, who rallied a solid defensive presence and even managed a few attacking sorties when it came to the final push, despite occasionally succumbing to altitude sickness.
SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2014
M1s WON 3-2 vs WALTHAM FOREST. SCORERS: STEVE ABBOTT X2, ELLIOT HATHAWAY
MEN’S MASTERS WON 6-1 vs SHEFFORD & SANDY. SCORERS: DARREN BROWN X2, VERNON BROWN X2, PAUL TOMLIN X2.
Stortford Masters bossed the majority of this game but strangely were a goal down early on. A bizarre period where the opposition lost three players to the sin bin saw the stalemate continue. However, a change in formation at half-time saw Stortford dominate and score a hatful. Great performance especially from everyone who played yesterday.