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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on January 16th

This is another date where we haven’t played much recently. The last four games have all resulted in wins though. In 2010 we played a Conference South match at home to Worcester City, prior to that the most recent home game on this date was at Rhodes Avenue in 1993 in an Isthmian League Division One match against Boreham Wood.

Blues were looking for immediate promotion back to the Premier Division and were well placed in fourth although having played more games than their nearest rivals. Former Blues keeper was in goal for Boreham Wood and had to make a good save early on from Stewart Ingielewicz. The game was well fought early on with Stortford suffering a blow when Lee Claridge had to limp off with a muscle strain on 17 minutes to be replaced by Gary Dance.

Midway through the first half Andy Walker’s shot was deflected away for a corner. Taylor’s clearance from the corner was collected by a Stortford player and from the move Lee Burns shot narrowly wide. On the half hour Stortford had a free kick taken by Kevin Jordan and put into the path of Walker by Phil Hopkins with a back heel. Walker’s shot was saved though and the scores stayed level at half time.

It only took two minutes of the second half for Blues to get the breakthrough. Dance won the ball in midfield, sent it forward to Das and a neat interchange with Walker ended with Das scoring the all important goal. Soon after Gavin King had to make three outstanding saves to deny Wood, one of which was from another ex-Blue, Andy Weddell. With 17 minutes left Blues had a penalty shout when Ingielewicz was barged over in the area but the referee waved play on. Shortly after Das set up White but the youngster volleyed just wide. On the 80th minute Burns had the ball in the net after a great cross from Ingielewicz but offside was given. There was just time for Taylor to make one more great save from Das but the points belonged to Stortford.

The most significant match played on this date has to be the first match in defence of the FA Trophy in 1982. Due to snow and ice Stortford had only played one match in the previous 6 weeks and away to Yeovil was a formidable draw. The pitch was fit though and Blues put in a great perfomance. On the famous sloping pitch at Huish Stortford showed no nerves and played as true holders with Dave Worrell putting them a goal up in 12 minutes beating the goalkeeper to a short back pass. Terry Sullivan was in great form and on 22 minutes he beat two players on the wing and sent in a cross which caused mayhem in the Yeovil defence. Eventually Lynch slotted it home for his 8th goal in 9 games. Stortford continued to control the game with Dave Blackman solid in midfield but it was not until well into the second half before they apparently wrapped it up as a volley from Joe Simmonds made it 3-0. Rather than signalling game over however this started Yeovil’s fight back as Platt scored soon after for the Glovers. When Griffiths slid in to score Blues were rocking and were grateful when the referee turned down a penalty for Yeovil. In the last minute Ward went after a short back pass from Knapman and ended up in a heap with Moore but again the referee waved appeals away and Stortford hung on for an ultimately well deserved win.

2010 BSFC 2 Worcester City 1 – Conference South
Eyre, Nunn, M Jones, Shulton, Angus, Bentley, R Jones, Southam, Brayley, Sheringham, Lathrope Subs: Hahn, Docker, Essandoh Not Used: Abdullahi, Mason Scorers: Southam, Sheringham

1996 Yeading 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Full Members Cup 3rd Round
King, Edmonds, Jordan, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, Paxton, Walker, Cooper, Hollamby, Jackman Subs: Parkyn Not Used: Gardener, Wardley Scorer: Edmonds

1993 BSFC 1 Boreham Wood 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
King, Jordan, Claridge, Edmonds, Hopkins, Harrigan, Das, White, Walker, Burns, Ingielewicz Subs: Dance Not Used: Petrou Scorer: Das

1990 BSFC 1 Staines Town 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Jackman, Bedford, Hopkins, Harrigan, Ryan, Manderson, Risley, Neal, Gayle, Went Sub: Tamblyn-Jones, Young Scorer: Bedford

1988 Hendon 2 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Patmore, Jackman, Hull, Hopkins, Hoddle, Cassidy, Weddell, Gayle, Zacchau, Sorrell Subs: Fleming, Wood Scorer: Weddell, Gayle

1982 Yeovil Town 2 BSFC 3 – FA Trophy 1st Round
Moore, Brame, Baldry, Brown, Bradford, Blackman, Sullivan, Knapman, Worrell, Simmonds, Lynch Subs: ??? Scorers: ???

1973 Hitchin Town 2 BSFC 0 – East Anglian Cup Divisional Final
Moore, Davenport, Coombes, Mitchell, Still, Lawrence, Scott, Francis, Dear, Smith, Bunker Sub: Leakey

1971 Letchworth Town 2 BSFC 4 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round
Scorers: Whyte, Ferguson, Devaux, Chappell

1965 Rainham Town 2 BSFC 2 – Athenian League Division 2
Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Welsby, Smith, Baker, Saggers, Francis Scorers: Gough, Baker

1960 BSFC 4 Aveley 1 – Delphian League
D Cook, P Cook, Rolph, Pope, Newman, Wilson, ???, Yates, Phelan, Butler, Francis
Scorers: ???

1954 Leatherhead 3 BSFC 2– Delphian League

1937 BSFC 3 Letchworth Town 1 – Spartan League Division 1

1904 BSFC 2 Friends School Saffron Walden 0 – Friendly

Author: Dave Ryan