Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on December 21st

In 2013 Basingstoke Town were the visitors for an entertaining pre-Christmas game at Woodside Park. Right from the first whistle the contest flowed from end to end with Stoke, making some direct incisive attacks looking particularly dangerous. Inside the first minute a cross from the left by Jordace Holder-Spooner fell to Shaun McAuley as Callum McNaughton slipped and McAuley’s shot was well saved by Joe Wright diving to his left and turning the ball round the post.

Cliff Akurang went close for the Blues but when Manny Williams put Kezie Ibe through on goal it was again Wright who rescued his side with a fine stop. Then in the 12th minute Williams was sent clear but shot inches wide of the post. In the following minute, at the other end, skipper Reece Prestedge looked to be pushed in the area but referee Carl Brook waved play-on and in the 17th minute Stortford were in trouble again when Sean Francis lost possession. McAuley broke in the inside right channel but saw his drive at goal beaten away by Wright. It was a little against the run of play that Stortford went ahead in the 23rd minute. Newcomer Andre Costa played his part by sending a cross-field pass out to the left to Johnny Herd and from his first time centre to the far post Cliff Akurang nodded the ball down for Liam Enver-Marum to poke into the net from six yards and register his first goal for the Blues.

Around the half-hour mark Manny Williams, with an angled effort forced another excellent save from Joe Wright whilst Matt Johnson hit a superb low 30 yarder that the diving Stoke stopper Louis Wells turned round his upright. The Blues doubled their lead in the 32nd minute. Stortford’s attack originated in the middle of the park with Matt Johnson finding Cliff Akurang who switched play out to the left for Enver-Marum to collect. The striker then produced a masterlygoal by lofting the ball from an acute angle over keeper Wells and into the opposite top corner of the net.


The Hampshire side were back in the match two minutes after the restart. Jordace Holder-Spooner crossed from the left and Kezie Ibe’s effort at goal was blocked by Wright but McAuley slotted in the loose ball from close range. Stortford bounced back to regain their two goal advantage in the 53rd minute following a foul on Johnson near the left angle of the box. The midfielder took the free-kick himself and although Wells made a fine stop close to the near post Cliff Akurang shot home after a goalmouth scramble.


However, the visitors reduced the deficit again in the 56th minute. MacAuley, on the right, played the ball back to Andrew Jenkinson who struck a 30 yard shot that dipped over Wright and under the bar.


The Blues, in the midway stages of the half, looked the more likely to add to their goal tally however and Prestedge, running on to a Johnny Herd pass just inside the box hit a cross-shot that was blocked for a corner by Neil Barrett and shortly afterwards, in the 61st minute, Johnson found the side-netting. Both sides made a series of substitutions before, with the match entering its later stages and the scoring looking as though it might be completed, Stortford then notched their fourth goal of the afternoon in the 82nd minute. Substitute Josh Fagbohun, who had only been on the pitch for a short time, was fouled by Adam Green towards the right touch-line and Matt Johnson’s deep free kick was powerfully headed in at the back post by Sean Francis.

Basingstoke kept plugging away and in the 85th minute celebrated their third goal as Wright, under pressure at his near post, could only punch Adam Green’s corner from the right into his own net. Any worries for Blues fans were extinguished in the 87th minute when Stortford scored the last goal of an eventful contest. Following an attack on the left Prestedge headed on from Johnson and Akurang, sliding forward, stretched a left boot to volley past Wells.


Also on this day it was a goodbye to John Knapman in 1985 in an FA Trophy 1st Round game against Wokingham Town. John, who could play in defence or midfield, as well as turning up for some vital goals over the years played 195 games including being a member of the 1981 FA Trophy winning team.


2013 BSFC 5 Basingstoke Town 3 – Conference South

Wright, Miller, Herd, Allen, Francis, McNaughton, Johnson, Costa, Enver-Marum, Akurang, Prestedge Subs: Fletcher, Edwards, Fagbohun Unused: Adams, Baker

Scorers: Enver-Marum (2), Akurang (2), Francis


2002 BSFC 1 Boreham Wood 4 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Walker, Riches, Gould, Hannigan, Southam, Hyatt, French, John, Langer, Williamson Subs: Beale, Paul Unused: Wiltshire, Parker, O’Neill Scorer: Langer


1996 BSFC 0 Yeovil Town 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Wardley, Forbes, Jordan, Crate, Le Bihan, Walker, Ridout, Henry, Adekola, Cooper

Subs: Hollamby Unused: Quinn, Riley


1993 BSFC 5 Boreham Wood 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Foster, Jordan, Harrigan, Edmonds, Hopkins, Walker, Das, Scott, Fortune-West, L Burns, Ingielewicz, Subs: Comerford, T Burns Scorers: Walker, Fortune-West (2), L Burns (2)


1985 BSFC 2 Wokingham Town 0 – FA Trophy 1st Round

M Taylor, Wickenden, Goodchild, Knapman, Hull, Hopkins, Tomkins, Flynn, Hardy, Nunn,

K Taylor Sub: Newbury Scorers: Hull, Newbury


1974 Leytonstone 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Mears, Martin, Lawrence, Rufus, Mulkern, Leakey, Childs, Dillon, Smith, MacKenzie Sub Unused: Dunning Scorer: MacKenzie


1972 BSFC 3 St Neots Town 0– East Anglian Cup 3rd Round

Moore, Lawrence, Coombes, Davidson, Still, Merrifield, Leakey, Francis, Scott, Smith, Bunker

Sub Unused: Hill Scorers: Lawrence, Davidson, Francis


1968 Bedford Town 2 BSFC 1 Friendly


1966 Cheshunt 5 BSFC 1 Herts Charity Cup 1st Round

Cherry, Smart, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Powell, C Duggan, Nisbet, Battram, P Duggan Sub: ????? Scorer: Nisbet


1963 Aylesbury United 3 BSFC 2 – Athenian League Division 2

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Wacey, Smith, Gough, Saggers, Francis   Scorers: Wacey, Gough


1957 Woodford Town 1 BSFC 2 – Delphian League

Fox, Lloyd, Atkinson, Sullivan, Carter, Beale, Adamson, Yates, Horton, Williams, Wacey Scorers: Adamson, Wacey


1946 Cambridge Town 3 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Premier Division

Graham, Thurgood, Johnson, Gillard, F Brooks, Search, Perry, Arnold, Sullivan, Giles, Bentley


1935 Hoddesdon Town 3 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Division 1

Spermi, Spring, Chapman, Polybank, Ship, Palmer, Riches, Pilbeam, Myers, Drew, Robinson Scorer: Myers


1929 BSFC 1 Hoddesdon Town 2 – Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Spring, Freeman, Lawrence, Smith, Bedwell, Elliott, Turner, Hepburn, Haylock, Chapman Scorer: Lawrence

Author: Dave Ryan