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Bishop's Stortford up to third in Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division after defeating leaders Cheshunt

Bishop's Stortford 2 Cheshunt 0 (Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division)

Bishop's Stortford climbed three places to third in the table by beating league leaders Cheshunt 2-0 at home on Saturday afternoon (Oct 17).

Tom Richardson, on as an early substitute for injured winger Aaron Greene, scored both goals, one in each half, his fourth and fifth of the season.

The win extends Blues' unbeaten run in the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division and the Emirates FA Cup to nine matches.

The first goal came after 19 minutes. Top scorer Frankie Merrifield's header from Darren Foxley's corner was cleared off the line and Richardson lashed the ball into the roof of the net from six yards.

The second, in the 89th minute, was a penalty awarded for a foul on Richardson. It was the third spot kick he has converted this season, after scoring two in the 2-2 draw with Bognor Regis Town on the opening day on September 19.

Stortford, who have played five of their six league matches at home, are on 14 points, just one point behind new leaders Worthing, who won 3-1 at Margate, and second-placed Cheshunt.

Victory over the Ambers sets up Blues for their big match next Saturday (Oct 24), when they will be vying to reach the FA Cup first round proper for the first time in seven years as they host Vanarama National League South side St Albans City in their fourth qualifying round tie.

Their scheduled league match at Worthing on Tuesday (Oct 20) has been postponed after Bishop's Stortford accepted an offer from the Isthmian League to rescedule their trip to the South Coast for what would be only the Sussex side's second home league match.

The attendance at the R&D Advisors UK Stadium was 421.

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