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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on April 1st

Last season saw Blues go down 2-0 at home against Oxford City on All Fools Day, while three years earlier we drew 2-2 with big-spending Eastleigh at Woodside Park. Before 2014 we had a run of 7 games on this date away from home, the last time we played at Rhodes Avenue on April 1st was in 1982. In 2013 we were away to Boston United.


Boston’s York Street ground, as it used to be called was probably the best appointed stadium at Conference North level that season as befitting an ex Football League ground and on a sunny Easter Monday made a great backdrop for a Conference North game. Boston were mid-table, while we were on the fringes of the relegation zone but with games in hand. A bad start by Blues saw them a goal down after only two minutes. A corner from the right found Ian Ross who scored with a shot from 25 yards. Boston dominated the first 15 minutes and another corner was cleared only as far as Marc Newsham whose header hit the post. Stortford weather the storm though and midway through the first half Billy Lobjoit won a free kick on the edge of the box. He took the kick himself but it cmae to nothing unfortunately. Soon after Steve Cawley just failed to connect with Adam Bailey-Dennis’s header in front of goal. Boston still looked dangerous when they attacked though and there were two chances either side of the half hour mark. First Newsham shot over the bar and 7 minutes later Carl Pentney had to mae a good save from Ben Milnes. Sean Francis then forced a good save at the other end before the equaliser came a minute later. Matt Johnson’s throw in found Steve Cawley, whose volley was helped in by Reece Prestedge. Boston hit back and Pentney had to make saves from Ross and Weir-Daley.


Blues started the second half with the wind behind them and almost went behind again following an error by Bailey-Dennis. Ten minutes later Pentney had to make a good save as Bailey-Dennis almost turned a cross from Greg Mills into his own goal. As the hour mark loomed Steve Cawley forced a save from Haystead, who shortly after saved again from Johnson as Stortford had a good spell. A third chance came as Sean Francis headed over from a Brian Woodall cross before Boston threatened again through Ross. In the 73rd minute Newsham had the ball in the Stortford goal only for the referee to call the players back for an earlier foul. Pentney had to save from Newsham and Mills before Prestedge had a deflected shot saved at the expense of a corner in the 82nd minute. The corner produced another goal attempt by Francis blocked. Finally in stoppage time Cawley’s great run set up Woodall, whose shot was just over the bar. After a shaky start it was a deserved draw for Stortford and put them a point closer to safety.


2017 BSFC 0 Oxford City 2 – Conference South

Walton, Bray, Everitt, Taiwo, Adebowale, Purse, Ford, Hickford, Callandar, Greene, Davidson

Subs: Kouassi, Kabeya Unused: Ronto, Fagan, Voss


2014 BSFC 2 Eastleigh 2 – Conference South

Wright, Miller, Herd, Allen, Francis, Richens, Johnson, Church, Young, Melaugh, Prestedge Subs: Baker, Woodall, McNaughton Not Used: Fagbohun, Gordon Scorers: Young, Prestedge


2013 Boston United 1 BSFC 1 – Conference North

Pentney, Baker, Herd, Bailey-Dennis, Mattock, Francis, Johnson, Cawley, Woodall, Lobjoit, Prestedge Subs: Sampayo, Abdullahi Not Used: Wilson, Webb, Elmes Scorer: Prestedge


2006 Havant & Waterlooville 2 BSFC 2 – Conference South

Young, Maxwell, Gwillim, Mitchell, Dolman, Gillman, Mason, Champion, Morison, Jackman, Martin Subs: Thanda, Morgan, Simpson Not Used: Essandoh, Hussey Scorers: Mason, Jackman


2002 Harlow Town 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Desborough, Hannigan, Riches, McGibbon, Fannon, Taylor, Hyatt, Southam, John, Langer, Braham Subs: Allison, Double Not Used: Wolf Scorers John (2)


2000 Leatherhead 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Tucker, Waldron, Kimble, Sedgwick, Bowen, Foot, Comerford, Braham, John, Paul, Leary

Subs: Williams, Hayes Not Used: Wolf Scorers: Braham, Paul


1995 Dulwich Hamlet 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Jackman, Jordan, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, Lee, Cooper, Hollamby, Burns, Luque

Subs: Das Not Used: Comerford, King Scorers: Hollamby, Claridge


1991 Hayes 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Risley, Harrigan, Went, Hopkins, Ryan, Parker, Joseph, Fortune-West, Adebowale Subs: Manderson, Hardwick


1989 Windsor & Eton 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Ryan, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Milbourne, Weddell, English, Zacchau, Cowley Subs Not Used: Barker, Moore Scorer: Hoddle


1982 BSFC 1 Slough Town 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Moore, Gunn, Baldry, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Bailey, Knapman, Worrell, Sperrin, Sullivan

Sub: Simmonds Scorer: Simmonds


1978 BSFC 1 Enfield 4 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Carrick, Perry, Tuddenham, Smith, Chattaway, Blacktin, Rayner, Neill, Robb, Dear, Dillsworth Sub: ????? Scorer: Dear


1974 Enfield 0 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Gibson, Coombes, Lawrence, Still, Payne, Leakey, Dear, Bass, Webb, Murphy

Sub Not Used: Scott Scorers: Bass (2), Eaton (og)


1972 BSFC 1 Woking 0 – Isthmian League

Moore, Sedgeley, Lawrence, Smith, Still, Sharkey, Mitchell, Merrifield, Devaux, Duggan, Whyte Sub Not Used: King Scorer: Whyte


1971 BSFC 2 Hitchin Town 0East Anglian Cup 4th Round Replay

Mollison, Lawrence, King, Argent, Neeves, Sharkey, Whyte, Duffett, Devaux, Chappell, King Sub: ????? Scorers: Sharkey, Devaux


1969 Harwich & Parkeston 2 BSFC 2 – Essex Floodlight Cup

Mollison, Haggar, King, Hill, Gough, Nisbet, Duggan, Hammond, Battram, Chappell,

Phillips Sub: ????? Scorers: Phillips (2)


1967 Edgware Town 0 BSFC 1 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Atkinson, Abbott, Duley, Neeves, Pettipher, C Duggan, Gough, Nisbet, Ferguson,

P Duggan Sub Not Used: Battram Scorer: Nisbet


1961 BSFC 3 Ware 1 – Delphian League

Fox, Rolph, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Hollow, Yates, Horton, Thomas, Wacey

Scorers: Atkinson (2), Horton


1950 Sawbridgeworth Town 0 BSFC 3 – Spartan League Division 1

Wardell, Earl, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbuck, Dixon, Whittaker, Yates, Giles, Beatty, Dutch Scorers: Yates, Giles, Dutch


1944 BSFC 3 Army XI 4 – Friendly


1939 Berkhamsted Town 1 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Division 1

Turnbull, Clark, Hill, Lowe, Allen, Woods, Lewin, Polybank, Myers, Hanratty, Ward


1933 BSFC 3 Egham Town 0 – Spartan League Division 1

Vasey, Spring, Chapman, Burt, Newman, Little, Badcock, Braithwaite, Harknett, Herrington, Underdown Scorers: Badcock (2), Underdown


1929 BSFC 2 Epping Town 4 – Friendly


1922 BSFC 2 Allenburys 0 – Herts County League

Boxall, Smith, Walker, Thurgood, Chapman, Thorogood, Clarke, Wright, Tregenza, Freeborn, Punter Scorers: Tregenza, Freeborn


Author: Dave Ryan