Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues games on December 23rd

It’s not often we score three goals away from home and lose heavily but that’s how the game went at Northwood in 2000 thanks to a combination of bad defending and goalkeeping problems.

Ian Brooks’ no show at the game meant Mark Harman had to go in goal, despite not having played for some time and left us with no reserve keeper. The game started well though as we took the lead with our first chance after fiveminutes. Vinnie John played a through ball to Trevor Paul who shot past Paul Riordan for the first goal.


Within 10 minutes Scott Fitzgerald equalised for Northwood after a spell of pressure from the home side. During this spell Mark Harman injured his hand, which may have had some bearing on the rest of the game.


On 20 minutes there was a turning point when a Northwood defender cleared a shot off the line with his hand, however no penalty was given. Five minutes later the home side took the lead when a corner was not cleared and Chris Gell scored from the edge of the area. A Ryan Gunn shot was then cleared of the line before Northwood increased their lead in the simplest way when Fitzgerald latched on to a long ball forward to fire home. Only two minutes later some shocking defending gave Fitzgerald the simplest of chances to complete his hat trick and Blues went in at half time 4-1 down.


It looked even bleaker when it turned out Harman was unable to continue due to injury and Tony Comerford took over in goal. Within a minute he was lobbed by Lawrence Yaku and a bad situation was turning to hopeless.


Ten minutes later Yaku headed in his second and within a further 10 minutes he had his hat trick when he tapped in a rebound after Comerford could only parry a free kick. At 7-1 this was less a defeat and more a rout, but Blues fought back for some respectability. First Gunn tapped home after Riordan dropped a cross and then John scored from a Paul cross. Unfortunately John, who was the only Stortford player showing any passion was sent off at the death for comments aimed at the referee.


Also on this date the very last game ever at Rhodes Avenue, a Friendly against Baldock Town which was won 3-2.


2000 Northwood 7 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Division 1

Harman, Yeoman, Kimble, Sedgwick, Comerford, Bowen, Cross, Southam, John, Paul, Gunn Subs: Hayes, Langer, Hercules, Scorers: John, Gunn, Paul


1997 BSFC 3 Baldock Town 2 – Friendly


1995 Bromley 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Edmonds, Jordan, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, Jackson, Shuttlewood, Hollamby, Jackman, Parkyn Subs Not Used: Cooper, Forbes, Dear Scorers: Edmonds, Claridge


1980 Epping Town 0 BSFC 6– Eastern Floodlight Competition

Moore, Blackman, Brown, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Sullivan, Knapman, Radford, Simmonds, Mitchell Subs: Clarke Not Used: Henry Scorers: Radford, Simmonds, Mitchell (2), Clarke (2)


1978 Harwich & Parkeston 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Carrick, Coakley, Bradford, Smith, Droy, Holden, Doyle, Eason, McCarthy, Dear, Worrell

Sub Not Used: Chattaway Scorer: Droy


1961 Harlow Town 0 BSFC 0 – Delphian League

Fox, Atkinson, Rolph, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Harkness, Hollow, Smith, Horton, Francis


1950 Harlow Town 0 BSFC 2 – Spartan League Division 1

Wardell, Wilkins, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbock, Giles, Ewers, Yates, Bayford, Dixon, Brown Scorers: Ewers, Yates


1933 Hoddesdon Town 3 BSFC 2 – Spartan League Division 1

Vasey, Johnson, Chapman, Kimber, Fullerton, Little, Bloyce, Mealand, Wood, Scott, Underdown Scorers: Mealand, Underdown


1922 BSFC 2 Tuffnell Park Strollers 0 – Friendly

Author: Dave Ryan