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Bishop's Stortford beat Brentwood Town and Stansted lost to Peterborough Sports in Emirates FA Cup, second qualifying round




Ryan Henshaw's second goal in three games earned Bishop's Stortford a 1-0 home win over Brentwood Town as they reached the third qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in seven years.

The captain's second-half strike proved the difference in the second qualifying round tie as the Blues saw off their Pitching In Isthmian League, North Division opponents at the R & D Advisors UK Stadium.

But Stansted's excellent run came to an end as they went down 4-2 at Southern League, Premier Central side Peterborough Sports.

Jordan Palmer and Connor Hammond struck to get the Airportmen level after they had fallen two goals behind, but the hosts netted twice after the break to advance.

After a slow start against Brentwood, the Blues' first chance came from a free kick after Shad Ngandu fouled Ben Marlow. Joe Boachie took it, but he could only hit the wall and his follow-up effort was also blocked.

Jack Giddens did well to keep a corner out at the other end, punching it high and over the crossbar amongst a crowd of bodies around the goalmouth, before Andrew Freeman headed the follow-up corner wide of the goal.

Robert Swaine combined with Joseph Heath from the next corner, with the visiting skipper heading back across goal to his centre-back partner who headed over the bar.

Kudas Oyenuga also had a chance to open the scoring for the visitors, but his shot from the edge of the box was straight at Giddens before Henshaw and Mark Haines blocked consecutive shots from a well-worked short corner.

Jack Thomas, who had a great game in the middle of the park for Stortford, found Correy Davidson but his cross couldn't find a team-mate in the middle, while Marlow's low shot from outside the box was off target

Archie Jones was then in the wrong place at the wrong time as he blocked his own team-mate's effort from the edge of the box as Frankie Merrifield looked for the bottom corner.

Merrifield laid it off to Marlow on the edge of the box from the next attack and his effort was cleared, before Haines headed wide from Davidson's cross.

The best chance of the half came right at the end, with Merrifield being denied by a great diving save from Preston Edwards.

Stortford pushed on after the break as half-time substitutes Aaron Greene and Darren Foxley helped to change the game.

The latter had the first chance of the second period from Merrifield's flick before Jake Gould hooked the ball away from danger. Foxley then delivered an inch-perfect cross to Merrifield at the back post, but he blazed his shot over the bar before Jones fired wide from the edge of the box.

Greene had penalty appeals waved away after being adamant the ball had hit a defender's arm in the box while Marlow's half-volley attempt was pushed wide by Edwards.

Foxley's cross from the left missed Merrifield's head, but the Blues did break the Brentwood resistance as skipper Henshaw was unmarked behind him for a tap-in from six yards after 62 minutes.

Heath got his head to a cross from a short free kick but put it over the bar as the visitors pushed for an equaliser in a bid to force a penalty shootout.

Substitute Joshua Gray also missed a brilliant chance to level up the scores with the last kick of the game when he skied his shot from close range after the ball was cut back from the right. He fell to his knees in disbelief over what he had done before referee Jack Bloxham blew for full time after Giddens had taken the goal kick.

Blues: Giddens, Mvemba, Thomas, Robbins, Henshaw, Davidson (Greene 46), Marlow, Merrifield (Richardson 67), Jones, Haines, Boachie (Foxley 46). Not used: Mullings, Baker, Johnson, Brown.

Brentwood: Edwards, Hogan (Gray 56), Gould, Love, Swaine, Heath, Ngandu, Freeman, Harvey, Oyenuga (Dickinson 72), Rees. Not used: Bowles, Wicks.



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