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A LOOK BACK AT BLUES’ GAMES ON JANUARY 25th

By Andrew Cornell

Due to chance and the fixture list we haven’t played a home game on this date since 1986 when we lost 1-0 against Worthing. More recently we faced to trip to Braintree five years ago for a game postponed from Boxing Day.

 

Braintree were league leaders at the time managed by one Rodney Stringer, while we were in mid-table, albeit having a bad run of away defeats. We had a great start to the game at Cressing Road though as Hahn’s corner was headed just past the post in only the second minute. No time to worry about the miss as in the 5th minute Stefan Gaisie latched on to a rebound to score from 10 yards and put us 1-0 up. Braintree hit back fast as you would expect from a team on good form and Marks shot across the goal before Symons forced a save from Kitteridge. Unfortunately for Stortford we lost a player at this stage as Jason Norville was sent off following an altercation with Adam Bailey-Dennis. This left us to play 75 minutes with ten men and it only took seven of those before Braintree equalised. When Reason crossed from the left and Blues failed to clear Marks scored from a loose ball. At this point Braintree began to get on top and it was no surprise when they took the lead shortly after the half hour mark. The home team attacked quickly down the middle and Lechmere found Guy who steered the ball low past Kitteridge to make the score 2-1 at half time.

 

Only 3 minutes into the second half Braintree scored again as another cross was not cleared and Paine volleyed high into the net from the edge of the penalty area. From then on Blues were hanging on, notably when Bailey-Dennis hit the post in the 56th minute. Kitteridge made a number of good saves to keep Blues from disaster but the ten men were never able to mount a comeback and the game ended 3-1.

Our last win on this date was 19 years ago when we beat another familiar Essex side, Grays Athletic at Bridge Road thanks to a Scott Forbes goal.

 

2011 Braintree Town 3 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Kitteridge, O’Ceaurill, Jones, Bowditch, McNaughton, Essam, Hahn, Eberendu, Gaisie, Norville, Prestedge Subs: Ming, White Unused: Duncan, Matata, Mason Scorer: Gaisie

2003 Chesham United 3 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Dorrian, Gwillim, Riches, Gould, Southam, Renner, French, John, Langer, Williamson Subs: Paul, Braham, Wall Unused: Hayes, O’Neill Scorer: French

1997 Grays Athletic 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

White, Wardley, Forbes, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Le Bihan, Fox, Ridout, Burns, Adekola, Cooper Sub: Quinn Unused: Riley, Walker Scorer: Forbes

1994 Billericay Town 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Full Members Cup 1st Round

King, Jordan, Claridge, Edmonds, Hopkins, Walker, Comerford, T Burns, Fortune-West,

L Burns, Macciochi Subs Unused: Scott, White Scorers: Claridge, Comerford

1992 Kingstonian 2 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Boyce, Smith, Went, Harrigan, Brownjohn, Milbourne, Petrou, White, English, Gayle Sub: Stewart, Unused: Pritchard Scorers: Petrou (2), Milbourne

1986 BSFC 0 Worthing 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Goodchild, Tomkins, Hull, Hopkins, Flynn, Nunn, Hardy, Whitton, Newbury Sub Unused: Reading

1983 Staines Town 1 BSFC 2 – London Senior Cup 1st Round

Welsh, Wickenden, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hull, Avery, Lynch, Robb, Simmonds, Sullivan

Sub: Brooks Scorers: Elley, Robb

1982 Hitchin Town 1 BSFC 3 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round

Moore, Brame, Baldry, Smith, Bradford, Blackman, Sullivan, Knapman, Worrell, Simmonds, Lynch Sub: Harvey Scorers: Simmonds, Lynch (2)

1964 Brentwood & Warley 2 BSFC 0 – Athenian League Division 2

Cherry, Deamer, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Wacey, Smith, Gough, Saggers, Francis

1958 BSFC 4 Leatherhead 2 – Delphian League

Fox, Lloyd, Atkinson, Pope, Carter, Beale, Adamson, Yates, Francis, Horton, Wacey

Scorers: Yates, Francis (2), Wacey

1947 Hoddesdon Town 3 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Premier Division

????? , Johnson, ?????, Thurgood, ?????, Matthews, Graham, ?????, ?????, Lambert, Darby

1936 Lyons Club 3 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Division 1

Spermi , Barker, Chapman Polybank, Ship, Palmer, Riches, Wood, Halls, Brooks, Hills

Scorer: Hills

 

Author: Dave Ryan