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Diego De Girolamo and Jake Wright score to condemn Bishop’s Stortford to 2-0 defeat at Buxton in National League North

Bishop’s Stortford conceded twice after the break as their final away game in Vanarama National League North ended in a 2-0 defeat at Buxton on Saturday (April 13).

Diego De Girolamo and Jake Wright netted for the 14th-placed hosts as the relegated Blues suffered a 37th league loss of the campaign.

Their last game of the season - and the last in charge for stepping-down manager Steve Smith - is at home to play-off hopefuls Curzon Ashton this Saturday (April 20).

The Stortford players ahead of kick-off at Buxton. Picture: @BSFCTheBlues on X
The Stortford players ahead of kick-off at Buxton. Picture: @BSFCTheBlues on X

Stortford goalkeeper and captain Jack Giddens saved Max Brogan’s shot while, at the other end, Darren Foxley slipped under pressure when well placed in front of goal.

Giddens then produced a stunning reflex stop to thwart Max Hunt as the first half ended goalless.

The Bucks took a 63rd-minute lead when De Girolamo brushed off a challenge from Harry Beadle and netted with a half-volley.

And substitute Wright sealed the hosts’ victory 10 minutes from time by heading in a left-wing cross.

Buxton: Young, Livingstone, McCourt, Shiels (Granite 9), Kirby, De Girolamo, Minihan, Mottley-Henry (McKeown 77), Brogan (Wright 60), Etaluku, Hunt. Not used: Elliott, Weston.

Blues: Giddens, Haines, Kassarate (Lusardi 87), Robbins (booked 36), Beadle, Cosgrave, Foxley (Crichlow 74), Olufemi, Thomas, Charles, Greene (McGregor 77). Not used: Harvey, Alexander.

Attendance: 558.

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