Aaron Greene scores for Bishop's Stortford in 1-1 draw with Folkestone Invicta in Isthmian League, Premier Division
Bishop's Stortford extended their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions with a 1-1 home draw against Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday night (October 6).
Aaron Greene, who was making his first start of the season, saw his first-half goal cancelled out by the visitors' Jordan Wright after the break.
The result means the Blues are sixth in the Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division, two points behind leaders Bowers & Pitsea who are the only other unbeaten side in the league.
Greene made a bright start as he had a low, teasing free kick cleared before he got in behind the defence from Sam Robbins' cross but was flagged offside.
Scott Heard had a shooting chance on a counter-attack for the visitors but Jack Giddens made a smart low save, before the keeper was in action again to deny David Smith.
Stortford took the lead in the 12th minute. Darren Foxley found Greene in the middle of the park and he drove into the box, worked the ball onto his left foot and rifled it home high into the net over Tim Roberts' head.
The Blues defence was caught napping after going in front and Sam Hasler had a chance to shoot from Adem Ramadan's short corner, but he fired wide with his left foot.
Foxley saw a speculative long-range strike at goal go over the bar, before, from a similar position to where he had scored, Greene shaped to shoot with his right foot but cut back on to his left, allowing a defender to tackle and clear.
Robbins cleared Smith's effort off the line and, at the other end, Foxley skied an effort after dribbling into the box from the halfway line.
Invicta goalkeeper Roberts suffered a scare when he dropped the ball over the line from a corner, but referee Ayrton Hursey blew for a foul on him in the aftermath of a Blues corner. Before the break, Ben Marlow's sliding effort from Robbins' cross went wide and Foxley's volley with his weaker foot was saved by Roberts.
Invicta made a much better start to the second half, going close with a header from a corner that Mark Haines misjudged.
Roberts' attempted punch from Greene's cross fell to Sam Mvemba, who kept it alive by finding Foxley whose shot was blocked on the line, before Roberts' handling was called into question once again as he parried Foxley's corner straight to Frankie Merrifield, but the striker couldn't work the ball through the crowded six-yard box.
Substitute Correy Davidson provided some fresh legs on the right wing for Stortford, cutting in and shooting left-footed soon after coming on as he forced Roberts into a low save.
It was all square in the 77th minute when Smith had a shot from a tight angle which Giddens parried well but Wright was unmarked and smashed home from close range.
Tom Richardson came off the bench for Stortford and headed just wide, before the forward got his head to Davidson's cross and saw Roberts hold onto it.
Clark Woodcock entered the fray for the visitors and had a great chance to win it for them, but he rushed his shooting opportunity in the left channel on a counter-attack before Smith fired wide and Hasler shot over the bar.
Joe Boachie, who also came on as a sub, provided some late energy and almost created a Blues winner when he found Green who shot first time over the bar.
Steve Smith's men travel to Cray Wanderers in the league on Sunday (October 11) before hosting Royston Town in the Emirates FA Cup, third qualifying round on Wednesday (October 14).
Blues: Giddens, Mvemba, Thomas, Robbins, Henshaw, Marlow, Merrifield (Richardson 67), Greene, Jones (Davidson 65), Foxley (Boachie 82), Haines. Not used: Mullings, Brown.
Folkestone: Roberts, Vincent, Wright, O'Mara, Davies, Dolan, Heard, Moore (Woodcock 61), Ramadan, Smith, Hasler. Not used: Stirling, Everitt, Blanks, Newcombe.