Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on January 17th

We have never played at our current ground on this date, but we have won our last 3 games which have been away from home quite comfortably, including two wins against Maidenhead United. In 2004 we won 4-0 at York Road in an Isthmian Premier Division game with goals from Cooper, Southam, Howell and Bunn. Eleven years later we faced the Magpies again in a Conference South game, having beaten Welling United away in 2009 on this date.


Stortford had the benefit of the York Road slope in their favour in the first half and made a bright start. Sheldon Sellears was very prominent in the early Stortford attacks. In the 5th minute his low teasing cross into the six yard box was cleared away near the goal-line by Magpies’ skipper Mark Nisbet and then shortly afterwards another cross from the right by him was flicked over the bar by Frankie Merrifield from close range.


The early pressure continued with a Merrifield header off target and in the 10th minute a corner from Sellears on the right was headed goalwards by Rickie Hayles but keeper Elvijs Putnins held the ball under the bar. The Blues went in front in the 22nd minute. Joe Tabiri, retaining the ball well, burst into the left side of the Maidenhead box and a combination of his determination and slack defending by the Magpies enabled him to lay a short low pass into the six yard box where Merrifield flicked into the net.


Danny Green was wide with a first time 15 yard effort from the left hand side of the area in the 28th minute and then nine minutes later a Harry Pritchard cross from the left produced a diving header at the far post by Dave Tarpey that was narrowly wide. Stortford still looked threatening despite Maidenhead coming more into the picture before the break and two minutes before the interval Putnins was forced to beat away a fierce shot from Jay Davies that was struck from the edge of the area. Blues could be happy with a 1-0 half-time lead.


It came as no great surprise that the hosts surged forward on the restart. After a couple of useful attacks they then equalised in the 50th minute. Danny Green gained possession on the right and taking the ball forward he found De’Reece Vanderhyde whose cross towards the far post was met by Dave Tarpey and the hosts’ leading scorer gave Dillon Phillips no chance with a shot high into the net.


The Blues retaliated two minutes later with an attack that saw Sellears cross into the six yard box with Donovan Simmonds just failing to connect with the ball. The Magpies had the slight edge in the period of play up to the hour and Adam Bailey-Dennis collected a yellow card when fouling D J Campbell who would have been on a run for goal had the central defender not interrupted his progress. Soon afterwards following a Maidenhead corner Sellears burst away from defence and went on a great run before teeing up Simmonds for a shot from just inside the box but unfortunately the striker’s drive flashed wide of Putnins’ right hand upright.


Rod Stringer brought Mikel Suarez on for Davies and soon afterwards the Blues regained the lead. Bailey-Dennis, in his own half, delivered an accurate pass out to Sellears on the left touchline who, after a typical run then cut inside to the edge of the angle of the box to smash a low drive inside the near post.

Stortford then had a two goal cushion four minutes later after another attack on the left. Tabiri battled to win the ball from an opponent and slipped it out to Herd who delivered a perfect cross into the area where Suarez’s downward header from 12 yards bounced wide of Putnins’ despairing dive to his right and the ball nestled in the corner of the net.


The Magpies pressed immediately following Blues’ third goal but Phillips was in confident form and he saved full length to keep out a low angled effort from Eddie Hutchinson and then foiled Green with a block at his post after Green had cut in from the right following a pass from Tarpey across the box.


There was an escape for Stortford in the 77th minute as United substitute Stefan Brown inadvertently diverted a goal-bound shot from one of his own players wide of the target. However, although Phillips had to grab the ball at Green’s feet late on the Blues saw out play to the final whistle with few if any other worries.


2015 Maidenhead United 1 BSFC 3 – Conference South

Phillips, Miller, Herd, Tabiri, Bailey-Dennis, Hayles, Sellears, Church, Simmonds, Merrifield, Davies Subs: Marlow, Suarez, Allen Unused: Walker. McCall Scorers: Sellears, Merrifield, Suarez


2009 Welling United 1 BSFC 3 – Conference South

Eyre, Jones, Barnard, Lettejallow, Goodacre, Cooper, Green, Champion, Jackman, Smith, Harris

Subs: Higgins, Essandoh, Mason Unused: Hyem. Hasler Scorers: Green, Harris, Higgins


2004 Maidenhead United 0 BSFC 4– Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Allman, Riches, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Howell, Southam, Essandoh, Bunn, Forbes Subs: Kyriacou, Drew, Langer Unused: Wiltshire. Hayward

Scorers: Cooper, Southam, Howell, Bunn


1998 BSFC 0 Kingstonian 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

G King, Day, Sedgwick, Wardley, Campbell, Greaves, Antoine, Walker, Adekola, Cooper, Forbes   Subs: Dean, Unused: Price, Comerford


1995 Walton & Hersham 5 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

G King, Edmonds, Jordan, Claridge, Moore, Parratt, McDonough, Cook, Cooper, Burns, Munn   Subs: Hollamby, Comerford Unused: Mallett Scorers: McDonough, Cooper


1994 Carshalton Athletic 1 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Cup 3rd Round

G King, Jordan, Harrigan, Edmonds, Hopkins, Walker, Das, T Burns, Fortune-West, L Burns, Ingielwicz   Subs: Scott Unused: Claridge


1989 Baldock Town 1 BSFC 2 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round

Taylor, Moore, Tamblyn-Jones, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Jackman, Weddell, English, Young, Cowley Subs: Zacchau Unused: Barker Scorers: Weddell, Young


1981 BSFC 3 Dagenham 2 – London Senior Cup 1st Round

Henry, Blackman, Brown, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Sullivan, Knapman, Worrell, Brame, Mitchell Sub Unused: Clarke Scorers: Smith, Sullivan, Worrell


1976 BSFC 2 Hayes 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Kitson, Harris, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Gaine, MacKenzie, Twigg, Watson

Sub: Clarke Scorers: ??? ???


1970 BSFC 0 Skelmersdale United 4 – FA Amateur Cup 2nd Round

Cherry, Mitchell, King, Gough, Neeves, Hill, Whyte, Duggan, Devaux, Chappell, Moss

Sub: Petchey


1953 Wembley 2 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

Fraser, Dady, Watts, Sullivan, Hubbuck, Lambert, Giles, Perry, Atkinson, Yates, Halladay

Scorer: Giles


1948 BSFC 3 Ware 1 – Herts Charity Shield 1st Round

Sullivan, T Brooks, ??????, Lambert, Hubbuck, Giles, Jordan, Beatty, Broom, Shakespeare, Barrs Scorers: Giles, Broom, Shakespeare


1931 Hitchin Town Res 1 BSFC 2 – Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Wright, Spring, I Lawrence, Chapman, Mayes, Deemer, Haylock, Badcock, Piper, Robinson Scorers: Haylock, Badcock


1925 Ware 4 BSFC 3 – Herts County League

Jeary, Piper, Chapman, Osborne, Brown, Bennett, Bavin, Wright, Raybould, Hayward, Andrews Scorers: Wright, Raybould, Hayward


1920 BSFC 3 Hertford Town 1 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round

Boxall. Smith, Walker, Newey, Flux, Chapman, Clarke, Wright, Golder. Pettit, Brazier

Scorers: Golder, Wright, Brazier


Author: Dave Ryan