Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on February 6th

A 2-1 home defeat against Ebbsfleet United in 2016 (Morgan Ferrier getting the goal) broke a run three consecutive games on this date which finished 4-0, unfortunately only one was a win.

In 2010 we travelled to Maidenhead for what appeared to be an evenly matched league game. We were 13th in the Conference South table while the Magpies were in 17th place but with 3 games in hand.

Despite being closely matched in the league table a catalogue of defensive errors sent Bishop’s Stortford to another rout at the hands of Maidenhead United on a boggy playing surface at York Road. Mark Simpson was still without regular keeper Nicky Eyre, Stevland Angus, Mitch Hahn and Louie Riddle through injury and with Damon Lathrope returning to Norwich City had limited options with his starting line -up. Academy player Nick Azzopardi started the match on right wing, with Alex Bentley returning in defence in place of Victor Boyle-Renner.

Maidenhead had a great opportunity in the first two minutes when Daniel Brown played the ball behind Ritchie Jones, but Alex Wall scuffed the ball with only Mehmet to beat. Minutes later, Bertie Brayley sent a freekick well wide from a good position just outside the penalty area.
Maidenhead were dealt a blow when striker Kieron St Aimie went off after just five minutes , but his replacement, Kieran Knight, set up an opportunity for Alex Wall with his first touch. Mehmet then had to scramble a goalbound cross away from Bobby Behzadi with the help of Matt Jones to keep Stortford in the game.

Stortford’s first attempt on target in the opening period came when Roy Essandoh headed straight at Chris Tardif from Azzopardi’s cross. However, Blues looked dangerous from set pieces, with Max Lettejallow trying an audacious scissor kick from Scott Shulton’s free kick on the right hand side. Bertie Brayley’s low shot from a Ben Nunn pass was the best attempt on goal, but his attempt went just wide of the post. Maidenhead took the lead on 34 minutes when Kieran Knight played in an unmarked Sam Collins, who gave the keeper no chance with a powerful shot across the goal. Alex Bentley’s last ditch clearance stopped Alex Wall from beating the offside trap soon after, but on the stroke of half-time Jamal Fyfield broke free on the left and crossed for Wall to poke home in a goalmouth scramble and send Blues in two goals down.

Blues started the second half more positively, with a Bertie Brayley freekick being easily saved by Tardif, and ten minutes later, Roy Essandoh headed Brayley’s freekick just wide. However, the game was soon over when Alex Wall set Bradley Quamina clear in acres of space and he was able to easily beat Mehmet to put the match beyond Stortford’s reach. Max Lettejallow managed a long range effort before Wall capitalized on a defensive error by substitute Chris Sargent and
unleashed a powerful effort to put Maidenhead four goals up. Sam Cooper hit a post in the last ten minutes, with Scott Shulton’s late effort being Stortford’s only real shot on target in the second half, which Chris Tardif was equal to.

2016 BSFC 1 Ebbsfleet United 2 – Conference South
Fitzsimons, Miller, Herd, Abdullahi, Lee, M’Boungou, Moore, Merrifield, Suarez, Buchanan, Ferrier Subs: Lawrence, Vanderhyde Not Used: Allen, Milbourne, Lovelock Scorer: Ferrier

2010 Maidenhead United 4 BSFC 0 – Conference South
Mehmet, Nunn, M Jones, Lettejallow, Bentley, R Jones, Azzopardi, Shulton, Brayley, Sheringham, Essandoh Subs: Abdullahi, Sargent Not Used: Renner, Yearwood, Querry

1996 Ware 0 BSFC 4 – Eastern Floodlight Competition
King, Wardley, Parkyn, Shuttlewood, Paxton, Parratt, Barnaby, Conroy, Hollamby, Cooper, Jackman Subs Not Used: Edmonds, Walker, Wickenden Scorers: Conroy (2), Parratt, Wardley

1993 Billericay Town 4 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
King, Jordan, Dance, Edmonds, Hopkins, Harrigan, Das, White, Walker, L Burns, Ingielewicz
Subs: T Burns, Comerford

1990 BSFC 2 Hertford Town 0 – East Anglian Cup 2nd Round
Taylor, Jackman, Tamblyn-Jones, Keune, Harrigan, Bedford, Adebowale, Went, Young, Gayle, Manderson Subs: Petrou, Sullivan Scorers: Gayle, og

1982 BSFC 3 Maidstone United 0 – FA Trophy 2nd Round
Moore, Brame, Baldry, Smith, Bradford, Blackman, Lynch, Knapman, Avery, Simmonds, Sullivan Sub Not Used: Harvey Scorers: Simmonds, Sullivan (2)

1979 Hitchin Town 3 BSFC 4 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round
Carrick, Coakley, Bradford, Smith, Droy, Blackman, Doyle, Eason, Ferry, Brame, Worrell
Sub Not Used: Reading Scorers: Smith, Doyle, Worrell (2)

1975 St Albans City 1 BSFC 2 – Herts Charity Cup Semi-Final
Moore, Dillon, Mears, Lawrence, Blacktin, Mulkern, Childs, MacKenzie, Gundersen, Smith, McLoughlin Sub Not Used: Newman Scorers: Blacktin, Mulkern

1973 Hitchin Town 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League
Wiseman, Scott, Coombes, Mitchell, Still, Lawrence, Leakey, Francis, Dear, Smith, Bunker
Sub: Davidson Scorer: Bunker

1971 BSFC 0 Dagenham 1 – FA Amateur Cup 2nd Round
Cherry, Mitchell, King, Lawrence, Neeves, Sharkey, Whyte, Duffett, Devaux, Chappell, Allaway Sub: ????

1968 BSFC 10 BS & Stansted District League 3 – Friendly

1965 BSFC 3 Berkhamsted Town 2 – Athenian League Division 2
Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Welsby, Smith, Baer, Saggers, Francis
Scorers: Baker, Saggers (2)

1960 Aylesbury United 4 BSFC 0 – Delphian League Cup 1st Round
D Cook, P Cook, Rolph, Pope, Newman, Wilson, Ewers, Yates, Phelan, Butler, Miller

1954 Hemel Hempstead Town 1 BSFC 1 – Delphian League
S Sullivan, Lloyd, Hardy, T Sullivan, W Carter, Atkinson, Giles, Yates, E Carter, Johnson, Ewers
Scorer: Ewers

1937 Polytechnic 0 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Division 1
Parker, Springham, Day, Barker, Ship, Woods, Polybank, Frost, Halls, Mytton, Goodhall

1932 BSFC 8 Polytechnic 1 – Spartan League Division 1
Vasey, Spring, Piper, Pratt, Chapman, Lawrence, Harknett, Braithwaite, Little, Burt, Spencer Scorers: Braithwaite (2), Little (3), Burt (3)

1926 Sawbridgeworth Town 3 BSFC 0 – Herts & Essex Border League
Hooker, Wright, Bennett, Raybould, Bass, Chapman, Skeggs, Osborne, Bavin, Hayward, Brazier

Author: Dave Ryan