Blues beat Lewes to move into play-offs after sixth win in succession
Lewes 1 Bishop's Stortford 3
Bishop's Stortford are in a play-off spot in the Bostik League Premier Division with two games to go after recording their sixth league win in succession on Saturday afternoon.
They beat Lewes 3-1 away to move up two places into fifth, leapfrogging Worthing, who drew 1-1 with fellow promotion chasers Tonbridge Angels on Good Friday, and Leatherhead, who lost 1-0 on Saturday at Brightlingsea Regent, who are Blues' opponents at the ProKit UK Stadium in Stortford on Easter Monday.
Just two points separate Blues (64 points) in fifth from Leatherhead (62) in ninth. Blues are level with Worthing and Merstham – who won 1-0 at Whitehawk – with Folkestone Invicta, who thrashed second-placed Haringey Borough 4-0, eighth with 63 points.
Blues' win at Lewes was achieved without 43-year-old star striker and joint manager Jamie Cureton, who is the division's top scorer with 20 goals and who is set to make his 1,000th career appearance on Monday in search of his 360th career goal – his first came as a sub for Norwich against Chelsea in 1994.
Ryan Henshaw silenced the majority of the crowd of 691 when he gave Stortford the lead in only the third minute from Leyton Orient loanee Shadrack Ogie's long throw.
Luke Callender, starting in place of the prolific Cureton, doubled the advantage after 30 minutes, converting from close range after Alex Warman's free kick was headed back across goal by Ryan Charles.
The hosts pulled one back five minutes before half time when the ball trickled into the corner of Blues keeper Arthur Janata's net after a scuffed shot from Kieron Pamment.
Stortford went close on a couple of occasions before Johnville Renee sealed the victory on 66 minutes, making a great run from right back and coolly finishing past Lewes keeper Lewis Carey.
Seven minutes later, Renee should have scored his second but a great save by Carey denied Blues a fourth goal.
Easter Monday's key fixtures: Blues v Brightlingsea Regent; Corinthian-Casuals v Worthing; Leatherhead v Dorking Wanderers; Margate v Folkestone Invicta; Merstham v Kingstonian; Tonbridge Angels v Carshalton Athletic