Bishop's Stortford joint-manager Steve Smith wants to build on Kingstonian win when they play Cheshunt in BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division
Steve Smith wants Bishop's Stortford to build on their 3-0 bank holiday triumph at Kingstonian when they host Cheshunt this Saturday (3pm).
The joint-manager saw the Blues triumph in the BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division contest thanks to goals from Shomari Barnwell – on his return to the club – Johnville Renee and Ben Worman.
"It was a great result," said Smith, whose side moved on to six points. "We went back to 4-4-2 and we looked back to our best, and strong all over the pitch.
"It was good to see Shammy [Barnwell] get off the mark. It's a good three points for us and we can now look forward to Cheshunt at home."
The Blues went into the Kingstonian game off the back of consecutive away defeats at Enfield and Carshalton, while the Ks had started their season with three draws before a 3-0 loss away to Hornchurch.
Barnwell was making his second competitive debut for the Blues, having played in last Tuesday night's friendly against Chelmsford City and in a previous spell at the ProKit in 2016.
He terrorised the home side's defence in the first half with some powerful driving runs and by winning headers.
And the forward converted just before the break after he controlled Kane Lowe's cross with his back to goal and found the bottom corner with his left foot.
Renee was denied by an inspired Rob Tolfrey - without whom it may have been a cricket score - in the Kingstonian goal from point blank range, but the midfielder did score in the second period by hammering into the top corner following a good run down the right by Worman.
Cambridge United loanee Worman had his full-back on toast throughout the second period, while the Blues stayed strong at the back thanks to good displays from captain Sam Robbins, Ryan Henshaw and Mark Haines.
After having a big hand in Renee's goal, Worman got one himself when he cut inside and curled the ball in from the edge of the box.
Stortford goalkeeper Fred Burbidge was forced into his first real save late on when Kingstonian substitute Youssef Bamba struck a powerful drive.
Kingstonian: Tolfrey, Clohessy, Cooper, Cook, Kavanagh, Sow (Bamba 54), Beaney (Thompson 76), Theophanous, Hall (Davies 54), Saraiva.
Blues: Burbidge, Sampayo, Thomas (Warman 81), Robbins, Henshaw (Morgan 80), Cureton, Renee, Haines, Wormanm, Lowe, Barnwell (Miles 63). Not used: Mycroft-Edwards, Charles.
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