Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on February 1st

Before joining Conference South in 2004 most of our away league games were short trips around the home counties area, but that does not mean there were no long trips. The FA Amateur Cup was drawn nationally from the second round stage and on this date in 1964 we were drawn away to Ferryhill Athletic in County Durham. This was not the first such long trip, only the year before we had got a draw at West Auckland. This time however Blues put on a below par performance and were easily beaten by 3-1.

Fifty years later in 2014 we had a fairly long trip in a different direction as we faced Bath City in a Conference South game. The Blues started brightly and the first chance of the clash fell for Baker, who drove into the left side of the box and saw his shot pushed wide by Bath keeper Jason  Mellor. From the subsequent fifth minute corner, Callum McNaughton saw his header cleared off the line. However, it was the hosts who took the lead on nine minutes. Andy Watkins left George Allen in a spin on the right and crossed low for Keats to slide home.

On 15 minutes,Watkins dragged an effort wide of the right post and then Adam Connolly blasted over Cowler’s goal as Bath looked like extending their advantage. However Blues fought back with an equaliser on 20 minutes. Baker was fouled on the left, Johnson’s freekick was flicked on by Woodall, and Richens got on the end of it for a debut goal. Richens nearly doubled his tally with a deep cross that almost crept under Jason Mellor’s crossbar, but the keeper tipped it over acrobatically. At the other end, on 33 minutes, Cowler made a mess of attempting to a claim a hanging free-kick inside his box and Bath midfielder Ben Adelsbury beat him to the ball, only to head just wide.

Richens went close once again on 37 minutes, hooking just wide from another Johnson corner. The new man was having a great debut and on 43 minutes curled a strike just over the home crossbar. That took us to half time with 1-1 being a fair reflection of the play

On 61 minutes, a great volleyed pass by Keats sent Watkins clear, but his cross flashed across goal with no Bath player able to apply the finishing touch. Stringer brought on Liam Enver-Marum with 26 minutes to go, to give Woodall a foil up front. Baker was unfortunate to come off, having put in another good shift in midfield. Allen headed a Johnson free-kick into the Bath net on 70 minutes but it was disallowed for offside. The Blues had two good chances on 74 minutes. First Enver-Marum was played through only to slip slightly before hitting a shot across goal and the ball was cleared. Then Johnson found himself in an advanced position, but could only fire high and wide from the edge of the box.

Despite Stortford dominating possession, Bath hit their second on 80 minutes. Bath substitute Ross Stearn broke clear on the right and Cowler couldn’t hold his low shot allowing Keats to smash home his second emphatically. The keeper did manage to parry a Keats shot moments later after a clever move down the left, involving the dangerousWatkins, who’d troubled the Blues backline all match. Enver-Marum showed quick feet to fashion himself a chance on 87 minutes, but drove his shot across goal from the right-hand side of the box. It should have been 3-1 a moment later, whenWatkins was sent clear once again. Cowler parried his strike though and Bath substitute ScottWilson bobbled the rebound wide.Matters got worse for the Blues in the final minutes as they lost Cowler to a bad lookinginjury.Wilson went through him with a late tackle after the keeper had rushed out to clear outside his box.

The Bath player received a yellow card as Cowler was left writhing in agony on the
ground. His leg was put in a support before he was stretchered off, with JoeWright
coming on to replace him. Wright was soon called upon to deny Wilson, after the striker was played through in the middle in added time. Despite applying late pressure, the Blues couldn’t find a leveller in 10 minutes of added time.

2014 Bath City 2 BSFC 1 – Conference South
Cowler, Lockie, Miller, Allen, McNaughton, Richens, Johnson, Church, Woodall, Baker, Hall Subs: Fagbohun, Wright, Enver-Marum Unused: Costa, Milbourne Scorer: Richens

2005 BSFC 4 Boreham Wood 2 – Herts Charity Cup Semi-Final
Young, Schillaci, Wightman, Riches, Allman, Cracknell, Forbes, Martin, Langer, Prestedge, Abraham Subs: Montebello, Hayes Unused: Kersey, Gash, Solari
Scorers: Martin, Langer, Prestedge, Abraham

1997 BSFC 0 Dulwich Hamlet 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
King, Wardley, Forbes, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Le Bihan, Fox, Walker, Burns, Adekola, Cooper Sub: Hollamby Unused: Ridout, Quinn

1992 BSFC 3 Hendon 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Boyce, Smith, White, Harrigan, Brownjohn, Milbourne, Stewart, Petrou, English, Gayle Subs: Pritchard Unused: Went Scorers: English, Gayle, Pritchard

1986 BSFC 2 Hitchin Town 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Wickenden, Goodchild, Tomkins, Hull, Hopkins, Flynn, Nunn, Hardy, Whitton, Newbury Sub Unused: Bright Scorers: Nunn, Newbury

1969 BSFC 5 Grays Athletic 1 – Athenian League Premier Division
Mollison, Haggar, King, Hill, Gough, Nisbet, Duggan, Hammond, Battram, Chappell, Phillips Sub: ?????? Scorers: King, Hammond, Chappell, Phillips (2)

1964 Ferryhill Athletic 3 BSFC 1 – FA Amateur Cup 2nd Round
Cherry, Deamer, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Wacey, Smith, Gough, Saggers, Francis Scorer: ??????

1958 BSFC 5 Woodford Town 0 – Delphian League
Fox, Lloyd, Atkinson, Pope, Newman, Carter, Adamson, Yates, Francis, Horton, Wacey
Scorer: Wacey, Adamson, Yates, Horton (2)

1936 BSFC 1 Hoddeson Town 3 – Spartan League Division 1
Spermi , Barker, Chapman, Peck, Ship, Palmer, Riches, Polybank, Halls, Wood, Morris
Scorer: Morris

1930 BSFC 3 Waltham Comrades 0 – Spartan League Division 2 East
Vasey , Spring, Freeman, Raybould, Mayes, Chapman, H Lawrence, Haylock, I Lawrence, Hepburn, Andrews Scorers: Raybould, Hepburn (2)

Author: Dave Ryan