Jamie Cureton at the double as Bishop's Stortford make it two BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division wins in a row against East Thurrock United and Cheshunt
Bishop's Stortford completed a BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division double over Hertfordshire rivals Cheshunt with a 1-0 away win on Saturday (December 7).
Blues player-manager Jamie Cureton continued his fine form in front of goal, netting the only goal as he made it six goals in as many games.
The 44-year-old striker had scored twice when his side triumphed 3-2 win in August's reverse fixture.
It was also the Blues' second clean sheet in a row and their fourth of the season, while the Ambers were reduced to 10 men late on after Mo Camara received a second yellow card.
And Stortford followed it up with a 4-3 win at East Thurrock United in the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday night (December 10) thanks to an own goal and efforts from Jordan Wescott, Louie Johnson and Shomari Barnwell.
Ryan Henshaw had an early chance for a breakthrough on Saturday, heading Alfie Mason's corner into the ground before Harry Girling made a good save.
Alex Warman picked up the ball on the edge of the box, forcing Girling into a good save down to his left on the half volley.
Ryan Charles was fouled on the edge of the box - one of many throughout the match that the referee let slide - with Cureton striking under the wall as it jumped, leaving Girling diving desperately to his right to keep the ball out without success.
Henshaw could have made it 2-0, but he headed wide from Warman's free kick, before Reece Beccles-Richards fired over the bar with the hosts' first shot.
Henshaw had another headed chance, this time forcing Girling into a brilliant save to deny the Blues skipper as he tipped the effort onto the bar off Mason's corner.
Stortford goalkeeper Fred Burbidge was caught in a moment of indecision at the other end after coming out to punch the ball on the edge of the box. He did not get a clean contact and risked being sent off for handling it outside his area, and when Ryan Moss tried to chip the goalkeeper, Sam Robbins got back well to head the ball away from danger.
After the break, Jack Thomas took a shot with Girling out of his goal, with Sean Cronin clearing off the line.
Girling then miscued a punch straight into the path of David Manu, who could only shoot wide, before Camara received the first booking of the day after an hour's play.
Then came a booking for Cheshunt skipper Mark Hughes, who could have seen yellow or red for any number of tackles made throughout the match, before Camara got his second yellow and was given his marching orders.
Stortford substitute Shomari Barnwell received the ball to his chest, before turning and running at goal, but he could only shoot wide from an angle.
Manu cut in from the left and shot straight at Girling, who parried to Barnwell, but the big striker's effort was cleared off the line, before the Blues managed to negotiate injury time to see out the win.
Cheshunt: Girling, Udoji, Reynolds, Hughes, Camara, Cronin, Mills (Olusanya 72), Kassarate (Ghinea 46), Moss (Re 80), Beccles-Richards, Nelson-Roberts. Not used: Jabbie.
Stortford: Burbidge, Thomas, Robbins, Henshaw, Charles, Warman, Cureton (Baxter 71), Manu, Wescott, Mason (Barnwell 57), Sweeney. Not used: Sampayo, Haines, McClenaghan.
The Blues went into the game on the back of a 1-0 home win over East Thurrock United in the league last Tuesday (Dec 3) thanks to Cureton's last-gasp penalty.
Henshaw had the first scoring chance of the match when he headed towards goal from Warman's long free kick, but goalkeeper Jack Giddens saw it go wide of the post.
Mitchell Gilbey - who was the danger man for the visitors all match - shot from long range soon after, but Fred Burbidge judged the bouncing ball well.
Ex-Blue Darren Foxley, who played for St Albans against Stortford last month, missed a great chance to open the scoring after another former Blue Frankie Merrifield had shot straight at Burbidge from a tight angle.
Another opportunity for Gilbey came and went after he cut inside from the left, beating Jordan Wescott, and being denied by Burbidge.
Manu skied an effort from the edge of the box after Cureton had laid it off to him, before Henshaw had another headed effort that went over the bar.
After the interval, Manu had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Stuart Cheek and he was unable to test Giddens following good play by Cureton and Barnwell.
Barnwell had a curling shot saved from the next attack, before Gilbey tried a backheel flick towards goal that Burbidge took well.
Charles ran onto a bouncing ball on the edge of the box and it looked as though his volley would break the deadlock with Giddens rooted to the spot, but it went wide of the post.
Gilbey fired a low free kick across the box, but the Stortford wall did its job to divert the ball away from danger, before Barnwell had a great chance at the other end with his head, but he jumped too early from Cureton's cross.
Charles had another chance late on but, with Cureton free for a tap-in in the middle, he shot wide from a tight angle.
However, in the second minute of added time, Barnwell was fouled in the box for a penalty and, after missing his most recent spot kick as the regular penalty taker, the big forward gave the ball to Cureton to do the honours.
And the player-boss fired it past Giddens, who had guessed the right way, to secure the win.
Stortford: Burbidge, Thomas, Robbins, Henshaw, Charles, Warman, Cureton, Manu, Wescott, Mason (Barnwell 61), Sweeney. Not used: Sampayo, Baxter, Haines, McClenaghan.
East Thurrock: Giddens, Brown, Nasha, Scott, Sheehan, Foxley, Merrifield, Bonnett-Johnson (Olukaga 74), Gilbey, Ring, Price (Clark 55). Not used: Coventry, Da Cruz.
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