Barkingside hold National League South outfit Bishop’s Stortford to pre-season draw
PUBLISHED: 10:30 06 July 2016
Essex Senior League club stepped up preparation for the new Essex Senior League campaign this week
Barkingside drew their first pre-season match of the 2016/17 campaign after a spirited display against Bishop’s Stortford.
Gursel Gulfer’s men trailed after nine minutes to the National League South outfit, but levelled with quarter of an hour played and that was how it finished.
The clash at the Met Police Chigwell Ground in Chigwell Hall High Road kicked off at 7.30pm with a decent crowd in attendance.
It didn’t take long for Stortford to take the lead as Scott Schulton tapped in after good forward play by the visitors.
Side levelled just six minutes later, however, and took great confidence from their equaliser. They improved and the first half was an open encounter with both teams having good opportunities to go ahead.
Stortford were wearing a red kit with black stripes, but changed into a white stripe at half time.
The Hertfordshire side used various trialists, like Barkingside, and the second half got underway with the sun going down.
Gulfer’s men found themselves on the back foot after the break as Stortford pushed to take the lead again, but no further goals occurred and both teams had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Barkingside are next in action on Saturday when they host Ryman North outfit Haringey Borough. The friendly is also set to take place at the Met Police Chigwell Ground with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.
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