Citizens make Blues sweat for cup win

PUBLISHED: 11:55 24 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009

GREG PEARSON

GREG PEARSON

Herts Senior Challenge Cup Second Round Bishop s Stortford 5 Welwyn Garden City 2 WGC battled bravely as they lost to Blue Square South side Bishop s Stortford at Woodside Park in the Herts Senior Challenge Cup last Tuesday. The Citizens went down 5-2 in

Herts Senior Challenge Cup Second Round

Bishop's Stortford 5 Welwyn Garden City 2

WGC battled bravely as they lost to Blue Square South side Bishop's Stortford at Woodside Park in the Herts Senior Challenge Cup last Tuesday.

The Citizens went down 5-2 in the second round clash but provided a good account of themselves as they gave the Blues a scare in the county competition.

A cracking Dan Griggs first- time effort from 30 yards flew into the top corner on 16 minutes to give the visitors from Herns Lane a surprise lead.

Striker David Parkinson came within inches of doubling the advantage but after rounding the keeper he could only find the side-netting.

Stortford midfielder Loui Fazakerley equalised on 26 minutes as the two teams went in at the break level.

City had really impressed against their higher league opponents and certainly proved they were no pushovers, just as they had done in the previous round against a Watford side.

A minute after the interval the home side went ahead through Greg Pearson, who had hit a hat-trick for Stortford against Canvey Island the weekend before in FA Carlsberg Trophy.

The South Midlands League Premier Division side kept their heads up and managed to find a leveller of their own through Paul Killick.

Stortford, managed by former Arsenal star Martin Hayes, then dug in and went ahead.

Pearson added his second to put Stortford 3-2 up.

Jack Midson and Tom Williamson both netted for the home side as they in the end ran out comfortable 5-2 winners.

Bishop's Stortford will now entertain Broxbourne Borough V&E in the quarter-finals.

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