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Jamie Cureton on target as Bishop's Stortford hold League Two side Leyton Orient to pre-season friendly draw




Bishop’s Stortford produced an excellent performance as they fought back to draw 3-3 with Leyton Orient in Tuesday night’s (July 23) pre-season friendly.

The visitors, who are preparing for their return to Sky Bet League Two, built up a 3-0 half-time advantage at the ProKit UK Stadium.

Lee Angol found the top corner from a well-worked corner routine in the 17th minute before he went down in the box after getting a shot away and Jordan Maguire-Drew converted the penalty.

Angol scored again following some nimble footwork just before the half-hour mark, but Luke Callander pulled one back for Stortford a minute into the second period.

Blues joint-manager and former O Jamie Cureton pulled another goal back on the hour when he applied the finishing touch at the far post from a corner.

And, in front of a crowd of 816, the hosts made it all square in the 72nd minute when the excellent Aaron Greene saw his inswinging set-piece go all the way in.

The Blues next entertain Wivenhoe Town this Saturday (3pm) after their first home game of pre-season had ended in a goalless stalemate against Enfield 1893.

Bishop's Stortford v Enfield 1893. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14119453)
Bishop's Stortford v Enfield 1893. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14119453)

It was also the Blues' tenants' opening fixture at their new home and they will have been the happier of the two teams after both lacked a cutting edge.

Stortford, who also welcome Royston Town to the ProKit UK Stadium this Tuesday (7.45pm), carved out a number of early chances thanks to the creativity of Aaron Greene. He terrorised the Enfield defence with an early run down the wing before putting in a cross that eluded the Stortford forward line, and he forced a good save from Lewis Hawley with a shot from the edge of the box.

Bishop's Stortford v Enfield 1893. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14119455)
Bishop's Stortford v Enfield 1893. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14119455)

Fred Burbridge saved well when Enfield had their first shot of the game, but the Blues continued to create the majority of the chances with Billy Holmes curling a shot just wide and Luke Callander failing to net from close range after another excellent cross from Greene, who had added to an own goal when the Blues drew 2-2 at Heybridge Swifts last Tuesday (July 16).

A good move ended with Jack Thomas firing high and wide as the Blues finished the half in control but without a goal to show for their efforts.

Enfield had the first chance of the second half with Bubridge tipping a free kick around the post.

Bishop's Stortford v Enfield 1893. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14119457)
Bishop's Stortford v Enfield 1893. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14119457)

Half-time substitute Olly Miles quickly got involved in the action as he got behind the defence but just failed to lob the goalkeeper before sending a cross into the box that failed to find a blue shirt.

A three-minute spell saw Ryan Charles have a shot cleared off the line and both Kane Lowe and Alex Warman both denied by good saves.

Miles twice went close with 15 minutes remaining, seeing a shot cleared before hitting the bar from close range, and an excellent double save thwarted Charles and then Miles from close range.

Bishop's Stortford v Enfield 1893. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14119459)
Bishop's Stortford v Enfield 1893. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (14119459)

Blues: Burbridge, Sampayo (Lowe 58), Callander (Charles 58), Thomas (Miles 46), Robbins, Henshaw, Morgan, Greene (Charles 46), Holmes, Hitchcock (Warman 46).

Saturday's visitors Wivenhoe were relegated from the Eastern Counties Premier in the 2017-18 campaign, finishing bottom, and came 14th in Division One South last season with 37 points from 36 games.

Stortford met this Tuesday's guests Royston in the Southern League Premier in 2017-18 with the Crows coming out on top in both games. They are the only league meetings between the two clubs.

The Crows finished 10th in the new Southern League Premier Central last season, collecting 60 points from 42 games.

Admission to both games has been reduced to £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for under-16s.


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