Blast from the past
Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on January 23rd
Until 2016 when we beat Gosport Borough 2-0 at home this date had not been an overly successful one for Blues with only one Herts Senior Cup win in the last 30+ years. A recent attempt to end this run was in 2010, a 2-2 draw away to Bath City in Conference South.
A double from Charlie Sheringham saw Bishop’s Stortford grab a point at Twerton Park in a match that looked well beyond reach. Stortford barely managed an attack on goal during the first hour, but the introduction of substitute Max Lettejallow combined with Sheringham’s clinical finishing spearheaded a comeback. The home side began the game strongly, with Adam Connolly scooping an early chance wide after some good work on the left from Kaid Mohamed. Almost immediately, Ben Nunn’s cross was headed on by Bertie Brayley to Charlie Sheringham, whose
header cannoned off the upright.
Bath were in the driving seat for the first period, with Darren Edwards heading wide before Nicky Eyre pulled off a superb save to send Kaid Mohamed’s attempted lob over the bar. The introduction of Stuart Douglas for the injured Edwards posed even more problems and it was Douglas who set upAdam Connolly, who struck a perfect left-foot drive from outside the penalty area to give Bath the lead. Stortford were lucky to escape two minutes later when Lewis Hogg beat both Alex Bentley and Matt Jones to surge into the box and cross to Douglas, who was unable to control the ball to finish the move.
The Romans doubled their lead straight after the break, when a good Stortford move broke down on the right and Adam Connolly set Kaid Mohamed free on the left wing. Mohamed cued a perfect cross for Lewis Hogg to head into the net at the far post. Mark Simpson introduced Max Lettejallow in place of Scott Shulton, and this seemed to buoy the Stortford midfield as the visitors halved the lead with their first real attack of the game. Lettejallow picked up the ball on the right wing and
crossed for Charlie Sheringham who turned sharply and made space to slot the ball through a crowded six yard box past Ryan Robinson.
Stortford began to take a hold of the game as Ben Nunn’s long range shot whistled past the post before Charlie Sheringham headed just wide from a Glen Southam free kick. Nunn sent a second long-range shot across the Bath goal before Nicky Eyre tipped a deflected shot from Adam Connolly over the bar to keep Stortford in the game. Lettejallow was again involved in Stortford’s second goal, making a powerful run through the midfield to play in Glen Southam on the byline. The Stortford midfielder rifled across goal and Sheringham reacted quicker than Robinson to poke the ball home and draw Stortford level. The home side began to push for a winning goal, but Nicky Eyre was equal to Adam Connolly’s shot after a good run down the
left. The draw sees Stortford in 13th place in the table ahead of a further six matches against mid-table opposition.
Back in 1965 we played Maidenhead United in the FA Amateur Cup 2nd Round. In those days Maidenhead were two divisions above us in the Athenian League, so to beat them by 4-1 was quite an achievement. Unfortunately in the next round we faced Harwich & Parkeston who were challenging us for the championship of our division. We did the hard work, getting an away draw, but then lost the home replay.
Another good win on this date was in 1982 when we beat Hayes (the holders) in the London Senior Cup on their own ground. In those days the London Senior Cup was taken much more seriously – the last game Wimbledon played as a non-league club was a London Senior Cup Final – and Hayes had a good team. The FA Trophy was paraded alongside the London Senior Cup before the game and what a game it was. The scores were level after 90 minutes at 1-1 before David Brame gave Blues the lead 5 minutes into extra time. In the 103rd minute the holders equalised with Howell’s 2nd goal of the game, but 9 minutes from the end Dave Worrell scored his 2nd to win it for Stortford.
2016 BSFC 2 Gosport Borough 0 – Conference South
Fitzsimons, Miller, Herd, Ekim, M’Boungou, Allen, Moore, Church, Suarez, Buchanan, Willmott Subs: Merrifield, Vanderhyde Not Used: Abdullahi, Lee, Lovelock Scorers: Buchanan, Willmott
2010 Bath City 2 BSFC 2 – Conference South
Eyre, Nunn, M Jones, Shulton, Angus, Bentley, R Jones, Southam, Brayley, Sheringham, Lathrope Subs: Hahn, Lettejallow, Chick Not Used: Abdullahi, Docker Scorer: Sheringham (2)
2008 BSFC 3 Broxbourne Borough 1 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round
Young, Jones, Taylor, Edwards, Goodacre, Stanbrook, Langer, Mason, Essandoh, Gaisie, Deen Subs: Lunan, Williamson, Harris Not Used: Gillman, Welch Scorers: Taylor, Mason, Essandoh
1999 BSFC 0 Slough Town 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
King, McDonald, Dillnutt, Smith, Snowden, Paxton, Winger, Comerford, Greene, Robbins, Cooksey Subs: Edwards, Adamson Not Used: Cooper
1993 Purfleet 2 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
King, Jordan, Dance, Edmonds, Hopkins, Harrigan, Das, White, Petrou, Burns, Ingielewicz Subs: Comerford Not Used: Sedgwick
1988 Enfield 3 BSFC 1 – FA Trophy 2nd Round
Taylor, Hopkins, Nunn, Hull, McCayna, Cassidy, Weddell, Sorrell, Gayle, Zacchau, Wood Subs: Barker Not Used: Smith Scorer: Weddell
1982 Hayes 2 BSFC 3 – London Senior Cup 1st Round
Moore, Brame, Baldry, Brown, Bradford, Blackman, Worrell, Knapman, Lynch, Simmonds, Sullivan Sub: Smith Scorers: Brame, Worrell (2)
1971 Dagenham 2 BSFC 0 – London Senior Cup 2nd Round
Gulvin, Lawrence, Mitchell, Pannell, Neeves, Sharkey, Whyte, Ferguson, Devaux, Chappell, Argent Sub: ???
1967 Hertford Town 1 BSFC 0 – East Anglian Cup 2nd Round
Cherry, Atkinson, Abbott, Duley, Neeves, Drane, P Duggan, C Duggan, Nisbet, Battram, Brown Sub: Ferguson
1965 BSFC 4 Maidenhead United 1 – FA Amateur Cup 2nd Round
Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Taylor, Welsby, Smith, Saggers, Francis Scorers: Duley, Taylor, Welsby, Francis
1960 BSFC 4 Aylesbury United 0 – Delphian League
D Cook, P Cook, Rolph, Pope, Newman, Wilson, Ewers Yates, Phelan, Butler, Francis
Scorers: Yates, Butler, Francis, ???
1954 BSFC 2 Leatherhead 0 – Delphian League
S Sullivan, Lloyd, Hardy, T Sullivan, Carter, Atkinson, Ewers, Yates, Holmes, Johnson, Giles Scorers: Yates, Johnson
1937 Hitchin Town 6 BSFC 2 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round
Parker, Springham, Brooks, Barker, Ship, Woods, Polybank, Frost. Halls, Hanratty, Herrington Scorers: Halls, Herrington
1932 BSFC 3 Letchworth Town 4 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round
Vasey, Spring, Freeman, Little, Chapman, Piper, Harknett, Braithwaite. Badcock, Burt, Underdown Scorers: Badcock (2), Burt
1926 Kirkcaldy’s Works 6 BSFC 3 – Stansted & District League
Westoby, Wright, Bennett, Raybould, Bass, Chapman, A Hayward, Osborne, Bavin, C Hayward, Ward
1904 Ware 8 BSFC 0 – East Herts & District League Division 1
Clode, Dalley, Adams, Markwell, Glasscock, Matthews, Braugham, Tyson, Butler, Pratt, ???