Bishop's Stortford's penultimate pre-season friendly ends in 5-2 defeat at home to Peterborough Sports
Bishop's Stortford's penultimate pre-season friendly ended in a 5-2 home defeat to Peterborough Sports on Tuesday (August 3).
Frankie Merrifield netted two equalisers in the first half for the Blues while Dan Lawlor scored from the penalty spot and Jordan Nicholson and Dan Jarvis both bagged braces for the Turbines.
Stortford's final pre-season game is on Friday (August 6) against Coggeshall at the R&D Advisors UK Stadium.
The first action in the match was referee Nathan Oakes pointing to the penalty spot after Ryan Henshaw's foul on Ryan Fryatt from behind. Lawlor sent Jack Giddens the wrong way and fired into the right-hand side of the net.
Pierre Ange Omombe nearly doubled the Southern League, Premier Central side's lead with a header from a left-wing throw, but it went narrowly wide.
Aaron Greene had the first venture forward for the Blues with a driving run down the left wing before his low cross was parried by Lewis Moat and a trialist's first-time strike rattled the post from the edge of the box.
The hosts were level when Merrifield smartly beat the offside trap to meet a through ball in the box and rounded the keeper before sliding the ball home.
Jake Cass forced Moat into a smart save after good play by Jonny Giles, and the follow-up shot was blocked by a defender.
After Ange Omombe and Nicholson both tested Giddens with low shots, Merrifield won a corner which led to Giles seeing a chip hit the crossbar.
Lewis Hilliard, who proved a constant threat for Peterborough Sports, teed up Nicholson to restore their lead with a tap-in, but Merrifield soon bagged his second goal by sticking out a boot to divert Giles' whipped cross into the bottom corner to make it 2-2 at half time.
Cass was in the thick of the action at the start of the second half, forcing Moat into a couple of good saves before seeing a third effort from the edge of the box go over the bar.
There was a bizarre incident when the referee awarded the Turbines a second penalty for a handball by Anthony Church, but, following consultation with his assistant, changed his mind and gave a corner instead.
The visitors did retake the lead, however, when substitute Jarvis fired into the top corner from long range.
A weak back pass from a trialist to Giddens led to the visitors scoring their fourth goal of the night, Nicholson sliding home.
And the Turbines' match sharpness and fitness was clear to see in the closing stages – they had won their previous friendly 10-0 – as Jarvis' curling effort completed the scoring.
Blues: Giddens, Davidson-Phipps, Trialist, Thomas (Jones 58), Henshaw, Giles (Gardner 75), Church, Cass (Trialist 78), Merrifield, Greene (Charles 58), Haines (Trialist 66). Not used: Sankey, Lee, Wardle.
Peterborough Sports: Moat, Griffiths, Herd, Fryatt, Jones, Lawlor, Ange Omombe, Hilliard, Gash, McCammon, Nicholson. Substitutes: Jarvis, Elsom, McGowan, Battersby, Miles.