The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By Graeme Auger

THE SAINTS made it eight matches un­beaten thanks to a goal from new sign­ing Na­bil Shar­iff just be­fore the mid­point of the sec­ond half.

The vis­i­tors had the edge early on and Kyran Wilt­shire’s 25-yard drive in the sev­enth minute was held by the div­ing Tyler McCarthy. Just a minute later Stort­ford were be­hind when a Dion Sem­bie-Fer­ris cross was only cleared as far as David Bridges whose 15-yard ef­fort found the back of the net.

Blues skip­per Marvel Ekpiteta headed over the bar from close range as the hosts tried to get back on level terms and the dan­ger­ous Dipo Akinyemi and Ja­son Wil­liams were also close to scor­ing.

Even­tu­ally Stort­ford equalised when Akinyemi slipped the ball to Jordan West­cott in space just in­side the box and the mid­fielder’s low shot beat Mike Emery.

After the break The Saints held the up­per hand un­til they grabbed the win­ner in the 65th minute when Na­bil Shar­iff broke and shot past McCarthy.

The vis­i­tors were happy to de­fend in num­bers and Ge­orge Casey had a long-dis­tance shot pushed around the post by Emery whilst Cal­lum Tay­lor and Al­fie Ma­son nearly pro­duced a lev­eller late on as the Blues pressed strongly.

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