Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues games on November 13th

Our most recent game on this date was in 2010 on a visit to Basingstoke in Conference South. We were both slightly the wrong side of mid-table and needing points to avoid being sucked into the relegation area, even this early in the season.


Ross Kitteridge was returning to a former club to add a little extra edge to the game and he was kept busy as Basingstoke had more of the play throughout the game. The Blues defence played well though and mostly handled the home team’s attack confidently. Connor Essam set the tone by making too good tackles on the edge of the area in the first few minutes. Stortford’s first chance came after 5 minutes when Bowditch found Morgan with a free kick only for the header to go too high. In the 10th minute Lynvall Duncan had to block Pratt’s shot and soon after Pattison shot about a foot over the bar with Kitteridge beaten. There followed end to end play as Arthur surged upfield into the Basingstoke defence before Pratt came back with another shot which Matt Jones had to block. In the 38th minute Jackman and Antoine combined well to put Bowditch in with a chance but again the shot went over the bar. More pressure from the home side followed as they forced a corner and then made Kitteridge stretch to reach the corner. After all that action it was a surprise that the first half finished goal less.


After the break Basingstoke pressed forward and Stortford were on the defensive. In the 52nd minute Essam had to concede a corner and a minute later was the closest yet to a goal as Pratt’s shot hit the underside of the bar and straight into Kitteridge’s arms. This was the pattern as the home side pressed for the win while Blues defended well with some scares. Against the run of play in the 72nd minute Stortford took the lead. From a throw in Prestedge delivered a low ball which Antoine flicked on with one touch beating Moore from 8 yards. Soon after Jackman was sent off for retaliation and Blues had to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men. Stoke laid siege to the Stortford goal but the visitors defended well and held on to take a valuable 3 points.


2010 Basingstoke Town 0 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Kitteridge, R Jones, M Jones, Bowditch, Duncan, Essam, Jackman, Prestedge, Morgan, Antoine, Arthur Subs: Hahn, O’Cearuill, Eberendu Unused: Bakare, Smith Scorer: Antoine


2007 London Colney 0 BSFC 4 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round

Welch, Jones, Wright, Mason, Lunan, Stanbrook, Martin, Taylor, Midson, Essandoh, Fazackerley Subs: Deen, Patten Unused: Edwards, Langer, Young Scorers: Midson, Essandoh, Deen, og


2004 Bognor Regis Town 3 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Young, Graham, Lewis, Rainford, Riches, Theobald, Langer, Fenton, Morison, Jackman, Martin

Subs: Hakim Unused: Gilman, Allman, Hayes, Elliott Scorer: Morison


2001 Northwood 2 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Desborough, Risley, Riches, Wolf, Fannon, Taylor, Beale, Southam, John, Paul, Double

Subs: Purcell, Braham Unused: Kimble Scorers: Southam, Paul


1999 BSFC 1 Croydon 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Day, Fannon, Comerford, Paxton, Foot, Pitcher, Benstock, Hayes, Winger, Paul, Braham

Subs: Campbell Unused: Waldron, Snowden Scorer: Hayes


1984 Maidenhead United 0 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Cup 2nd Round

Welsh, Staunton, Miguel Luque, John Simmonds, Hull, Smith, Manuel Luque, Joe Simmonds, Cardines, Harris, Mercer Subs: Hopkins: Unused: Smith Scorer: Cardines


1978 BSFC 3 Hemel Hempstead 1 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round

Carrick, Chattaway, Bradford, M Smith, Bunker, Eason, Neill, Holden, Ferry, Dear, Worrell,

Sub Unused: Todd Scorers: Chattway, Dear (2)


1973 Walthamstow Avenue 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Gibson, Coombes, Tone, Still, Lawrence, Leakey, Mitchell, Bass, Smith, Dear

Sub Unused: Scott Scorer: Bass


1971 BSFC 1 Kingstonian 0 – Isthmian League

Moore, Sedgeley, Lawrence, Prior, Still, Ryan, Mitchell. Whyte, Devaux, Smith, Mills

Sub Unused: King Scorer: Mills


1965 BSFC 4 Redhill 1 – Athenian League Division 1

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Powell, Duggan, Haywood, Saggers, Francis Scorers: Haywood, Powell, Saggers


1954 BSFC 6 Woodford Town 0 – Delphian League

Sullivan, Cox, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Bow, Yates, Baird, Giles, Burridge

Scorers: Lloyd, Baird (3), Burridge (2)


1948 BSFC 0 Brentwood & Warley 4 – Spartan League Premier Division

Richardson, ???, Bradford, Lambert, Cook, Brooks, O’Sullivan, Giles, Fletcher, Greenhalgh, ?????


1937 Uxbridge 7 BSFC 0 – Spartan League Division 1

Turnbull, Brooks, Wooten, Gardener, Ship, Woods, Clark, Polybank, Mytton, Wood, Riches


1926 Stansted 6 BSFC 1 – Stansted & District League


1920 Hertford Town 2 BSFC 2 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round

Boxall, Smith, Walker, Thurgood, Newey, Sell, Clarke, Wright, Golder, Chapman, Sheldrake


Author: Dave Ryan