STRIKER Kyle Vassell grabbed a hat-trick as the Blues thrashed Ryman League division one north side Ware 6-1 at home in the Herts Charity Cup quarter-final.
There is a two division difference between the clubs in the non-league pyramid but at times the gap looked bigger than that in the clash on Thursday night (August 1
Bishop’s Stortford’s movement, superior fitness and crisp finishing ultimately proved too much for their gallant East Herts opponents.
It started scrappily and Ware had the odd moment of promise without threatening the home goal.
Stortford settled and Matt Johnson and Vassell forced smart saves from Ware keeper Dominic Russo.
Vassell then scored his first two goals on 39 and 45 minutes.
He robbed a visitors’ defender before going on to shoot past Russo from the edge of the box before he lobbed the Ware keeper with an exquisite chip.
Stortford led 2-0 at half-time during which Ware boss Nicky Ironton was sent to the stands after arguing with match ref David Rock.
Blues midfielder Matt Johnson nodded against the visitors’ far post, before Ware halved the deficit on 66 minutes.
A well-worked free-kick from the right by substitute Spencer Knight was flicked on and Liam Foster nodded in powerfully at the far post.
Vassell completed his hat-trick three minutes later.
Substitute Steve Cawley’s pass cleverly released Vassell who took the ball on and dropped his shoulder beating a defender before shooting consummately from the left into the far corner.
Stortford went 4-1 up on 74 minutes, Kyle Asante finishing neatly after a sublime first touch by him.
Shortly after, Asante crossed from the right for Ashley Miller to head home powerfully.
The scoring was rounded off on 85 minutes when Callum McNaughton neatly volleyed in a Johnny Herd free-kick from the left.
Stortford boss Rod Stringer said: “We popped the ball about well and scored good goals. Kyle Vassell scored a good ha-trick and could have scored some more goals. We are looking good.
“Ashley was not tight enough for the second header for their goal.”
Stortford host Leiston in a friendly this Saturday,
BISHOP’S STORTFORD: Cowler, Miller, Herd, Allen, Francis, McNaughton, Johnson, Church, Akurang, Vassell, Prestedge. Subs: Collins, Cawley, Waller-Lassen, Baker, Asante. Att 132.