Blues suffer second successive league defeat on the road
Carshalton Athletic 4 Bishop's Stortford 2 (BetVictor Isthmian League, Premier Division)
Blues’ defensive woes continued as they lost a six-goal thriller at Carshalton on Saturday afternoon – and they have now conceded nine in their last two games.
The Surrey side ended the Blue Brazil’s play-off hopes in the final game of last season with a 2-1 win, and the Robins again took the points.
Stortford’s management team of Jamie Cureton and Steve Smith made one change to the side beaten 5-0 at Enfield Town on Tuesday, with Ben Sampayo getting his first start of the season after being an unused substitute for the first two games as Yasseir Nazor returned to the bench.
Having conceded twice in the first five minutes at Enfield, Blues again fell behind early in the game as Omar Koroma shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box to give the Robins a third-minute lead.
Blues were back on level terms in the 15th minute when Luke Callendar headed home his second goal of the season at the far post following a great cross.
The Robins restored their lead in the 32nd minute when Blues skipper Sam Robbins tripped a forward in the box and Jerry Amoo – who had a brief spell with Stortford last year – converted the spot kick.
It took the hosts only five second-half minutes to double that lead, despite a couple of Callander efforts, Daniel Pappoe heading home a free-kick.
Cureton gave Blues a lifeline four minutes later as he got behind the home defence and fired past Patrick Ohman for his second of the season too.
But the home side restored their two-goal cushion in the 70th minute when Koroma took advantage of a kind bounce after a good block by Jack Thomas and fired low into the net.