Leam Hibs 1 - 3 BIFC
Hard fought 3 points at Newbold
Bishops travelled to Newbold, with a host of injuries that seems to be common place right now. Smiler tweaked his gooch the day before and Stefan was romancing down in Surrey. Andy kitted out for the first time in a while, as the team had a bit of a jig around looking to make ammends for last seasons two defeats to Hibs.
Bishops started strong on the first pitch meadow, with the ball being worked around well. It was no surprise when Bishops forced the opening goal. Joel laid off to Turts, who set Jonny B free who pulled back for Bradshaw to slide home - a nice team goal to start off. A few more half chances went begging, as Bishops were the better side for the most of the first half. Bennett was fouled in the box but no Penalty was given to the dismay of the dozens watching.
The Second half started off more in Hibs' favour, as Bishops struggled to get going. Hibs equalised, when Ash Kitchen pounced on some indecision in the Bishops ranks as Cooper failed to slide the ball back to a retreating Nathan.
At this point, it was looking like the game would go in Hibs' favour: Nathan and Matty had injured their knees while some exotic tobacco from the sidelines must have been having an effect on some of our lads. Notably Joe Williams
managed to get done in a sprint by Ricky Lee Bolt down the left and Turts tried shooting from the halfway line with 2 men free.
As the substance wore off, Bishops advanced in the game. A few corners and free kicks were being awarded in Bishops favour and as Cooper and Herdman linked up like a modern day Sutton and Shearer in the opposition box, Herdman was fouled resulting in a penalty that Bradshaw swept home.
Adair came on for Bennett and showed his pre match talk of his iron jaw wasnt just for show, as he held off some fierce Hibs' tackling late on. A mazy run and finish to make it 3-1 put the game out of reach for Hibs and was fully deserved for the boys in blue. Calum worked hard in midfield, Bradshaw and Bennett gave us good presence, Jonny B didnt stop running while Hughes had his best game yet. Cup action next week, as we face HRI in the George Dutton.