Blues suffer second consecutive defeat in Isthmian League Premier Division as they lose 2-0 at Carshalton Athletic
Bishop's Stortford go into their bank holiday Monday home clash with Bowers & Pitsea still looking for their first league win of the season following a second consecutive defeat as they lost 2-0 at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday (August 28).
Both sides went into the match with a draw and a defeat from their first two outings in the Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division, but it was the Robins who came out on top thanks to goals from Daniel Bassett and Jalen Jones.
The Blues, who handed debuts to Southend United loanees Reiss Chandler and Jimmy Wallace, will be hoping to end their winless run when they entertain Bowers & Pitsea at the R&D Advisors UK Stadium on Monday (August 30) at 3pm.
Carshalton's Lewis White played a deep cross from the left that missed all his team-mates, before it was worked to Bassett whose shot was saved by Jack Giddens.
The Blues had a free kick in a promising position after a foul on Aaron Greene and Jonny Giles' effort deflected off the wall into the path of Frankie Merrifield who crossed to Greene, but Lloyd Thomas managed to palm it away before Greene could get his head on it.
Bassett opened the scoring from the next attack with a brilliant piece of chest control and a volleyed shot into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box.
Daniel Bennett tried to chip Giddens from a tight angle on the left-hand side but saw his shot hit the roof of the net, before the Blues could have had a penalty for potential fouls on Merrifield and Archie Jones, but the referee gave a free kick the other way.
There was nearly a Blues equaliser from nothing when Bobby Price's pass back to Thomas was wayward and looked destined for the bottom corner, but the keeper scrambled across and cleared the danger.
Giles had a shot saved after cutting in from the right and firing low at goal, before the midfielder whipped in a free kick which neither Merrifield nor new signing Wallace could get their heads to. Another Giles free kick fell to Mark Haines, but his drilled cross was palmed away by Thomas.
The Blues were growing into the game as the first half came to a conclusion and were the only side looking likely to score. Merrifield had a shot from a free kick blocked by the wall and Anthony Church's rebound effort was also blocked.
After the break, Bassett's deflected shot found the side-netting for the hosts and Wallace headed away the corner, before, at the other end, Merrifield laid the ball off to substitute Bobby Unwin who cut inside and shot with his left foot but Thomas saved.
Unwin then missed a brilliant chance to equalise for the Blues, shooting over the bar with an open goal to aim for.
Bassett forced a save from Giddens and, from the corner, the Robins doubled their lead as Jones smashed home from close range with Giddens thinking a foul prevented him from catching the ball.
Jake Cass headed over the bar from Giles' cross before the latter had a shot blocked.
John Ufuah had a great chance to increase the margin of victory for the hosts when he stayed onside and tried to go round the onrushing Giddens, but the keeper quickly retreated to his line and the defence ultimately cleared.
Stortford persevered until the end as Cass saw a header strike the bar from Giles' cross before a Merrifield's powerful effort went straight into Thomas' gloves.
Carshalton Athletic: 1 Lloyd Thomas, 2 Bobby Price, 3 Paris Hamilton-Downes (c) (booked, 64min), 4 Luke Read, 5 Jalen Jones, 6 Jordan Cheadle (booked, 68), 10 Tommy Bradford, 11 Lewis White (15 John Ufuah, 72), 14 Daniel Bennett, 17 Daniel Bassett (12 Ernold Haxhiu, 81), 19 Daniel Hector (booked, 60, 8 Bradley Williams, 68). Not used: 9 Harry Ottaway, 16 Ezechukwu Ebuzoene.
Blues: 1 Jack Giddens, 4 Anthony Church, 5 Sam Robbins (c), 6 Reiss Chandler, 7 Jonny Giles (19 Joe Gardner, 86), 8 Jimmy Wallace, 10 Frankie Merrifield, 11 Aaron Greene (9 Jake Cass, 70), 12 Jack Thomas (15 Bobby Unwin, 46), 14 Archie Jones, 17 Mark Haines. Not used: 16 Charlie Allum, 20 James Baker.