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Southend United loanee Jimmy Wallace scores his first Bishop's Stortford goal in 5-0 Isthmian Premier win over Brightlingsea Regent

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Jimmy Wallace opened his goalscoring account for Bishop's Stortford as they thrashed Brightlingsea Regent 5-0 in the Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division on Saturday (January 15).

The Southend United loanee scored with his first touch after coming off the bench in the 78th minute.

Ryan Charles, Darren Foxley, Chris Harris and Jonny Giles - the latter scored with an exquisite long-range chip - were also on target in the convincing home win as the fourth-placed Blues bounced back from last weekend's 2-0 loss at Hornchurch.

Southend United loanee Jimmy Wallace celebrates scoring his first Bishop's Stortford goal in the 5-0 win over Brightlingsea Regent. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (54298298)
Southend United loanee Jimmy Wallace celebrates scoring his first Bishop's Stortford goal in the 5-0 win over Brightlingsea Regent. Picture: Nathan Cracknell (54298298)

The victory means Steve Smith's men are back up to fourth having dropped to fifth in midweek after their former striker Jake Cass inspired promotion rivals Enfield Town to a 4-3 win at Horsham on his debut.

The 19th-placed visitors had the first shot of the match inside the first minute as Dom Locke volleyed wide from Billy Cracknell's clearance, but from then on it was one-way traffic in the first half as the hosts dominated.

Foxley's free kick was saved by Charlie Turner, before Charles broke the deadlock by volleying home in the second phase following a set piece on the right.

And Stortford fans were soon cheering a second goal. After Giles' chip went just over the bar, Foxley curled a beautiful shot into the top-left corner from 25 yards.

Foxley nearly got his second soon after with a first-time effort while Giles danced through three tackles and saw a low shot go narrowly wide.

Blues shot-stopper Jack Giddens was required to make a save in first-half injury time when he got down to his left to deny Aaron Blair, before, at the other end, Johnville Renee bundled the ball wide at the far post from Giles' inviting cross.

After the interval, Ben Marlow half-volleyed narrowly wide for the hosts before Giddens made a great save to parry Connor Barmby's shot from a tight angle and the rebound was fired wide.

Giles saw a low shot blocked by Zack Littlejohn before Brightlingsea were able to build some pressure with three successive corners, but Giddens made two saves and Littlejohn headed wide.

Harris was introduced from the bench in the 56th minute and scored nine minutes later with a first-time side-footer having been teed up by Foxley.

Wallace then also came off the bench and netted his first Blues goal with his first touch, stabbing home from close range after the hard-working Frankie Merrifield had flicked on Giles' corner at the near post.

Having been a creative threat all game, Giles got his name on the scoresheet seven minutes from time as he chipped Turner from 30 yards out.

The Blues are at home again on Saturday (Jan 22) against East Thurrock United before also entertaining Bognor Regis Town next Tuesday (Jan 25).

Blues: Giddens, Church (Jack Thomas, 68min), Robbins, Giles, Marlow, Merrifield, Renee, Foxley, Charles (Harris, 56), Haines (Wallace, 78), Cracknell. Not used: Jones.

Brightlingsea: Turner, Osinfolarin (George, 46min), Gregan, Durling, Ribchester, Littlejohn, Barmby, Gilbert (Bell, 46), Blair, Locke (booked, 76), Cachicote Da Rocha. Not used: Bruce, Cowell, Munyard.

Attendance: 471.

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