Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues games on December 18th
In 2005 we were drawn away to Exeter City in the first round of the FA Trophy , a tough draw against a former and present Football League club, and a blow to our hopes of repeating the previous season’s run to the Semi-Final.
There was a bright start to the game, but unfortunately for Blues, City took the lead within the first five minutes. A Stortford defender was holding onto Farrell inside the area and the referee could have blown up for a penalty. However he let play go on for a further few seconds, which was just long enough for Lee Phillips to be bundled over in the box by Hodges. This time the ref pointed to the spot and Billy Jones sent the visiting keeper the wrong way with his penalty to give the Grecians an early lead.
Exeter were looking the more dangerous of the two sides and Lee Phillips in particular was causing some problems for the visitors.
Midway through the first period Challinor and Jones linked up well down the left. Jones’ cross found Farrell inside the six yard box, but his effort from close range was well saved by Andrew Young.
Lee Phillips came close to doubling Exeter’s lead just a few minutes later. Phillips chested the ball down on the edge of the area, but his left footed drilled effort flew wide of the target.
Although the Grecians were dominating, it wasn’t totally one way traffic. Dave Rainford was playing a captain’s role and did well to urge his team on and believe they could get something from the game.
The final five minutes of the first period were by far the most entertaining of the game. Steve Morison cut back from the right for Jack Midson’s point blank shot to be brilliantly saved before Morison himself fired the rebound over the bar. Exeter broke away and the ball came to debutant Anton Robinson about twenty yards from goal. The former Millwall midfielder side-footed the ball with power and precision into the far top corner to make the game look safe.
However, the Blues had different ideas and hit back immediately. A scrambled cross from the left bobbled across the goal and was back heeled into the net from close range by Roy Essandoh.
There was still time though for a few more chances before the break. Jon Challinor’s header found the roof of the net following a long Billy Jones free kick, and a minute later a Santos Gaia scissor kick just failed to find the top corner.
Exeter started the second period well and won a couple of corners in quick succession. Nothing came of them though and City had to wait until the hour for their next real chance. The referee handed Exeter a free kick for a high foot, but Billy Jones’ curling effort didn’t trouble Andy Young as it dipped just over the bar.
Midway though the second half Mackie had a shot from inside the area deflected over, and just a minute later failed to capitalise on plenty of time just outside the box and could only scoop his shot well over.
As the half progressed Stortford pushed forward more often looking for an equaliser. They came close when Morison hit the post with around quarter of an hour left on the clock. At the other end Exeter could have been given a second penalty but the referee didn’t punish a headlock on Chris Todd.
Paul Jones had to make a couple of great saves to keep the City advantage intact. A Roy Essandoh drive was fumbled away and with just over ten minutes left on the clock Jones was called into action again and did superbly to save from close range.
You could sense it was time for one final City change and Alex Inglethorpe duly obliged. Steve Flack came on to replace Mackie. The Blues manager, Martin Hayes, responded by bringing on Duane Jackman and the substitute was almost responsible for taking the game to a replay. However, his header in the final minute went just wide of Jones’ goal and Exeter fans could breathe a sigh of relief.
2007 BSFC 5 Welwyn GC 2 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round
Young, Jones, Taylor, Patten, Gillman, Mason, Fazackerley, Essandoh, Pearson, Midson, Martin Subs: Langer, Deen, Williamson Not Used: Lunan, Welch
Scorers: Fazackerley, Pearson (2), Midson, Williamson
2005 Exeter City 2 BSFC 1 – FA Trophy 1st Round
Young, Thanda, Gwillim, Rainford, Hodges, Gillman, Deane, Midson, Essandoh, Morison, Martin Subs: Evans, Forbes, Jackman Scorer: Essandoh
2004 Hayes 2 BSFC 3 – Conference South
Elliott, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Okuonghae, Riches, Howell, Goodwin, Morison, Hakim, Martin Subs: Jackman, Langer Unused: Gillman, Fenton, Young Scorers: Howell, Morison, Hakim
1993 BSFC 1 Billericay Town 2 – Isthmian League Division 1
King, Jordan, Harrigan, Edmonds, Hopkins, Walker, Das, Scott, Fortune-West, L Burns, Ingielewicz Subs: T Burns Unused: Comerford Scorer: Das
1982 Wycomber Wanderers 1 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Welsh, Levy, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hull, Avery, Lynch, Worrell, Simmonds, Sullivan
Sub: Bradford Scorers: Lynch, Worrell (2)
1976 BSFC 2 Ilford 0 – FA Trophy 3rd Round Qualifying
Kitson, Tucker, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Gough, Smith, Bailey, Dillsworth, Gaine, Massey
Sub: Twigg Scorers: Dillsworth, og
1975 Dagenham 1 BSFC 0 – London Senior Cup 2nd Round Replay
Kitson, Harris, Davis, Flack, V Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Gaine, MacKenzie, Twigg, Watson
Sub: C Clarke
1971 Dulwich Hamlet 0 BSFC 1– Isthmian League
Moore, Sedgeley, Wilson, Lawrence, Still, Sharkey, Francis, Smith, Devaux, Merrifield, Munn
Sub Unused: Mitchell Scorer: Merrifield
1965 BSFC 3 Horsham 0 – Athenian League Memorial Shield 2nd Round
Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Powell. C Duggan, P Duggan, Saggers, Francis
Scorers: Atkinson (2), Duley
1954 BSFC 3 Hemel Hempstead Town 4 – Delphian League
Sullivan, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Giles, Yates, Horton, Bye, Burridge
Scorers: Burridge, Horton (2)
1948 BSFC 3 Wolverton Town & BR 1 – Spartan League Premier Division
Richardson, Este, Bradford, Lambert, Cook, ???, O’Sullivan, ???, Giles, Greenhalgh, Page
Scorer: Greenhalgh (3)
1943 BSFC 2 Royal Engineers (Bomb Disposal Co.) 7 – Friendly
1926 BSFC 2 Thorley Works 0 – Hertsd & Essex Border League
Boxall, Wright, Bennett, Osbourne, Bass, Raybould, Hayward, Oliver, Patmore, Vealey, Thurley Scorers: Patmore, Hayward
1920 BSFC 1 Cambridge Town 1 – Friendly