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Luke Callander sent off as Bishop's Stortford lose 5-0 at Enfield Town in BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division


By Dave Ryan


Bishop's Stortford suffered a jolt last night (August 13) when they went down 5-0 at Enfield Town in the BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division.

The Blues had gone through the whole of pre-season unbeaten and won their opening league game on Saturday against Bognor Regis Town, with a defeat to Carshalton Athletic on the final day of the previous campaign being their only loss in 16 games in all competitions.

But at Enfield they conceded two goals inside the opening three minutes on a disastrous night, falling 4-0 behind by half time and then letting in another late on.

The Blues pose for the traditional new-season team photo. Picture: Vikki Lince
The Blues pose for the traditional new-season team photo. Picture: Vikki Lince

It was the biggest defeat for the Blues under the management of Steve Smith and Jamie Cureton, with salt being rubbed into the wounds when striker Luke Callander was sent off.

Stortford will be out for revenge when they travel to Surrey to take on Carshalton Athletic this Saturday.

The sides met on the final day of last season in April and the Robins' 2-1 win meant they sealed second place and the Blues agonisingly missed out on a play-off spot.

Carshalton, who blew their promotion bid when they lost 2-1 at home against Merstham in the play-off semi-finals last term, suffered a 2-0 opening-day defeat at Potters Bar Town.

Carshalton were the Blues' first league opponents when Smith and Jamie Cureton took over from Adam Flint in September 2018 and the pair made an instant impact as goals from Alfie Mason, Charles and Cureton gave them a 3-1 win.

The Blues made two signings ahead of the Bognor game - Ben Worman has come back for a second loan spell from Cambridge United after netting nine times in 21 appearances during his previous stint last season, while Billy Mycroft-Edwards has joined following a spell in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, the Blues' home game against Cray Wanderers on August 24 has been postponed as the Bromley-based team are involved in the Emirates FA Cup that day. A new date is yet to be arranged.


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