Kingstonian narrowly beaten on the road against promotion chasing Bishop's Stortford

By Joe Acklam

14th Nov 2022 | Football

Kingstonian lost their second away game of the week against Bishop's Stortford. Photo: James Boyes.
Kingstonian lost their second away game of the week against Bishop's Stortford. Photo: James Boyes.

Kingstonian lost their second game of the week as they went down 1-0 away against Bishop's Stortford in the Isthmian League Premier Division. 

Oliver Peters scored a remarkable volley after Kingstonian thought they had cleared a cross to give the Blues the lead at half-time. 

The K's looked to apply pressure after half-time to get back into the game, but failed to turn strong build-up play into tangible chances. 

Kingstonian's second consecutive loss saw them drop below Bognor Regis in the table and they face another tough test next weekend as they travel to another promotion chasing side in Aveley. 

It was a slow start to proceedings in Hertfordshire, as the closest either side came in the first 20 minutes was shots from range that were deflected, with Nodirbek Bobomurodov and Kieron Cadogan both seeing efforts deflecting off Blues defenders and to safety. 

After 19 minutes Brandon Adams ran in behind the Kingstonian defence and forced Sam Jackson to turn his shot behind for a corner. 

Just before the half hour mark the Blues took the lead as Ryan Charles got down the left and stood a cross up to the middle and it was headed away to the edge of the area, where Peters met it in mid-air with a Di Canio volley which gave Jackson no chance as it flew into the corner of the net. 

Kwesi Ntim drove through the Bishop's Stortford half shortly before half-time and laid it off to Lee Lewis who struck it first time but right down the throat of Jack Giddens. 

The second half struggled to click into gear for either side, with only half chances early in the half as Brandon Adams shot just wide for the hosts before Corey Parchment came off the bench to head narrowly wide from a corner. 

On 75 minutes Frankie Merrifield timed his run well in behind down the left and bore down on goal and stung the palms of Jackson, who had to turn it behind for a corner. 

Ryan Charles could have sealed it deep into stoppage time when he ran into the box and cut it back for Donnell Thomas who took aim, but his shot hit his own man and bounced back for Merrifield to send an effort wide of the target. 

Kingstonian managed to stay in this game after going behind and were able to exert pressure at the home of a side chasing promotion, but they ultimately could not truly trouble Giddens. 


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