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Ryan Charles, Terrell Egbri and Frankie Merrifield score for Bishop's Stortford again in 3-1 friendly victory at Brentwood Town



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Bishop's Stortford had a case of deja vu as they won their pre-season friendly at Brentwood Town 3-1 on Friday night (July 22).

For the second time in six days they came from behind in Essex to triumph by that scoreline thanks to goals from Ryan Charles, Terrell Egbri and Frankie Merrifield.

Those three players had also scored - but not in that order - when they won 3-1 at Takeley the previous Saturday (July 16).

The first real chance for the Blues - who went into the contest on the back of a 3-0 home defeat to Vanarama National League side Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday (July 19) - fell to Darren Foxley as his 25-yard strike was kept out by the Pitching In Isthmian League, North Division side's goalkeeper.

Merrifield was unable to hit the target with an acrobatic effort while a Brentwood shot on target was blocked by Mark Haines as the first period ended goalless.

After Merrifield had seen his powerful header saved, Stortford goalkeeper Jack Giddens made a fine save at the other end but was beaten by a header from the resulting corner as the hosts, managed by former Blues boss Rod Stringer, took the lead somewhat against the run of play.

Ryan Charles, pictured in action against Dagenham & Redbridge, scored for the Blues in their 3-1 win over Brentwood Town. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (58194378)
Ryan Charles, pictured in action against Dagenham & Redbridge, scored for the Blues in their 3-1 win over Brentwood Town. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (58194378)

Jack Thomas' first-time shot went high and wide before Merrifield's header from Matt Johnson's cross was kept out by the keeper as the Blues pushed for an equaliser.

And they did level matters when Egbri's cross from the right was nodded home by Charles at the back post.

Brentwood were playing a high defensive line by this point and Egbri profited from it, running behind the defence and beating the onrushing keeper with ease to score in the empty net to put the away side ahead.

Having already got a goal and an assist, Egbri then won a penalty after being fouled in the box but saw Merrifield's spot kick kept out by the goalkeeper.

However, Merrifield did get on the score sheet by slamming the ball home from 18 yards from Foxley's cutback.

The Blues are back in action at home to Grays Athletic tomorrow night (Tuesday July 26) and are also at home to Peterborough Sports on Saturday (July 30).

Blues: Giddens, Porter (Edwards 64), Church (Johnson 46), Robbins, Giles (Charles 46), Harris (Egbri 46), Merrifield, Olufemi, Thomas (Allum 78), Foxley, Haines.



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