Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on February 8th

In 2003 we enjoyed something which has become rare since – a win over Braintree Town. This was a vital game for both sides with Braintree two places below Stortford and both in danger of relegation.
The first half saw Blues play some crisp, passing football which they had not managed to do that season. The team did a good job of getting the ball into wide areas with Russell Williamson and James Parker impressing. However despite the dominance of possession the first half hour went by with no goals.
On 39 minutes though a delightful move was put together. Parker passed to Williamson who dummied for Trevor Paul to pull the ball back to Glen Southam on the edge of the area. Southam got a shot in as he was challenged and found the corner of the net to put Blues in front. Now Blues had made the breakthrough a second goal followed before half time. Williamson beat his marker and crossed to Tim Langer. Langer backheeled to Paul who wrong footed Paul Catley in the Braintree goal to make it 2-0 at half time.

The second half saw Blues less adventurous as they sought to protect what they had and as Braintree had little clue as to how to get back into the game it was less than exciting to watch. With 10 minutes to go we wrapped up the points when substitute John hit an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net from 18 yards. Shortly afterwards Braintree grabbed a consolation goal. Luke Hammond flicked on a corner from the right and Paul Cobb headed home.

The large travelling support was very happy with the win and the performance which moved Blues closer to the safety they were to achieve that season.

There was a strange statistical quirk on this day in 1972 when we played Hitchin Town in the East Anglian Cup. This was the first of 5 consecutive games against the Hertfordshire side as immediately after this game we played an FA Amateur Cup tie which went to a 3rd Replay.

2010 Havant & Waterlooville 2 BSFC 1 – Conference South
Mehmet, Nunn, M Jones, Renner, Bentley, Sargent, Shulton, Lettejallow, Morgan, Docker, Abdullahi Subs: Querry, Azzopardi, Llewellyn Unused: R Jones, Sackey Scorer: Shulton

2003 Braintree Town 1 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Desborough, Parker, Gwillim, Riches, Wall, Southam, Braham, French, Langer, Paul, Williamson Subs: Aransiba, John, Gould Unused: Dorrian, O’Neill
Scorers: Southam, Paul, John

1997 Chertsey Town 0 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division
King, Fox, Forbes, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Le Bihan, Walker, Wardley, Burns, Adekola, Cooper Sub Unused: Hollamby, Quinn, Ridout Scorers: Cooper, Le Bihan, Adekola

1994 BSFC 2 Royston Town 0 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round
King, Jordan, Claridge, Edmonds, Hopkins, Walker, Das, T Burns, Comerford, L Burns, Ingielewicz Subs: White, Macciochi Scorers: Das, Macciochi

1992 Bromley 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Boyce, Smith, White, Went, Brownjohn, Milbourne, Bedford, Petrou, English, Gayle Subs: Pritchard Unused: Stevens

1986 Cheltenham Town 0 BSFC 0 – FA Trophy 3rd Round
M Taylor, Wickenden, Goodchild, Tomkins, Hull, Hopkins, Flynn, Nunn, Hardy, K Taylor, Newbury Sub Unused: Reading

1975 BSFC 0 Ware 1 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round
Moore, Martin, Mears, Newman, Blacktin, Mulkern, Childs, Dillon, McKenzie, Smith, Lawrence Sub Unused: Rufus

1972 BSFC 1 Hitchin Town 1 – East Anglian Cup 4th Round
Moore, King, Lawrence, Smith, Still, Sharkey, Mitchell, Merrifield, Mills, Francis, White
Sub Unused: Wilson Scorer: Still

1964 Aveley 0 BSFC 1 – Athenian League Division 2
Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Taylor, Smith, Gough, Saggers, Francis
Scorer: Taylor

1958 Aylesbury United 1 BSFC 0 – Delphian League Cup 2nd Round
Fox, Lloyd, Atkinson, Bye, Newman, Carter, Adamson, Yates, Francis, Horton, Wacey

1947 BSFC 1 Metropolitan Police 7 – Spartan League Premier Division
Sullivan, Thurgood, Day, Johnson, Brooks, Matthews, Giles, Lambert, Clark, Arnold, Kimber Scorer: Clark

1941 BSFC 1 Army XI 1 – Friendly

1936 BSFC 2 RAF Henlow 3 – Spartan League Division 2 East
Spermi, Barker, Chapman, Polybank, Peck, Ship, Riches, Braithwaite, Myeers, Pilbeam, Morris Scorers: Braithwaite, Morris

1930 BSFC 1 Wimbledon Res 1 – Friendly

Author: Dave Ryan