Frankie Merrifield starred with a first-half double as Bishop's Stortford eased to a 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Harlow Town
Daniel Williamson, a 13-year-old Bishop's Stortford College student, reports from the R&D Advisors UK Stadium as Bishop's Stortford take on Harlow Town in a pre-season friendly...
Frankie Merrifield starred with a first-half double as Bishop's Stortford eased to a 2-0 home win over Harlow Town on Tuesday night (August 2).
The striker netted both goals in the pre-season friendly at the R&D Advisors UK Stadium as the Blues bounced back from Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Peterborough Sports.
Stortford's next - and final - friendly before the start of the Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division season is against a Colchester United XI on Tuesday (August 9).
The Blues started the game off very well, flooding men forward from the start and pinning Harlow in their own half.
The first goal eventually came in the 22nd minute when a deep corner was swung in to Ryan Henshaw, who produced a towering header across goal to Merrifield who instinctively poked the ball into the empty net.
After continuing to dominate, the Blues doubled their lead in the 41st minute. Merrifield was slipped through smoothly on the counter and he tapped in the rebound after his first shot was saved by Harlow goalkeeper Tom Crump.
Merrifield had a golden opportunity to bag his hat-trick early in the second half after Terrell Egbri, who was a thorn in the side of Harlow's left-back all game, had cut inside and had a curling effort saved.
The ball was pushed straight into the path of Merrifield, who appeared to attempt to walk the ball into the back of the net, but Crump recovered rapidly to sweep the ball away and leave the striker with his head in his hands.
The Blues continued to enter Harlow's 18-yard box, with chances falling to Ryan Charles and Darren Foxley, but, although shot-stopper Crump performed well, they were not their clinical selves.
As the game went on, both sides made more and more substitutions, restricting the flow of the game. Some lapses in concentration from Stortford late on gave Harlow some half-chances, but goalkeeper Jack Giddens remained unchallenged between the sticks and the win never looked in doubt.
Summer signings Tosin Olufemi, Jay Porter and Egbri all produced positive performances, which was great to see.
Blues: Giddens, Porter, Henshaw (Wallace 81), Robbins (Haines 58), Olufemi, Thomas, Peters (Allum 81), Foxley (Demetriou 81), Charles (Giles 56), Egbri, Merrifield (Harris 56).
Harlow: Crump, Small, Luque, Nzeh, Berg, Attrill, Gordon, Aliaj, Trialist, Bayon, Maagbe. Subs: Ferguson, Erkaslan, Eadie, Mansaram, Horgan.