Shamik Das

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bishops cast Saints further into abyss

St Albans City FC    Bishop's Stortford FC

FA Cup, second qualifying round:
St Albans City 1-2 Bishop’s Stortford

GREG Pearson bagged a brace to send the Bishops into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup tonight.

Pearson's double continued St Albans' miserable start to the season, second bottom of the Blue Square South and now out of the Cup.

The Friars' defeat, their seventh of a poor campaign, will have dented caretaker boss Steve Castle's hopes of succeeding Ritchie Hanlon, sacked earlier this week.

The opener came midway through the first half, Pearson curling a beautifully struck free kick over the wall and into the left-hand side of the goal following Gary Elphick’s foul on him on the edge of the box.

Pearson struck again after the break to put the game beyond St Albans' reach with a cool finish off the far post after Jack Midson's wonderfully weighted through ball set him free.

Elphick grabbed a consolation for the hosts in injury time, burying Scott Cousins's centre with an unstoppable header.

Star man: Pearson (Bishop’s Stortford); Entertainment: ***

Read my full report, featuring the reactions of both managers, in tomorrow’s Non-League Paper.


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