Blast from the past

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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on January 21st


On this date, in the middle of an average season Blues suddenly turned on the style to get a first win of 2006. Our opponents were Dorchester Town, against whom we have a generally good record but as this was the first victory for two months they were very welcome indeed.


Strangely the previous win had been by 5-0 against Histon in November, followed by a run of draws and defeats. It helped that Dave Rainford was back in the midfield which seemed to give more purpose and edge to the team.


Although Rainford and Essandoh had early chances on goal it was the visitors who took the lead, somewhat against the run of play on 18 minutes. Keeler’s free kick didn’t pose much threat until it took a deflection off Jack Midson which deceived Andrew Young for the first goal. Blues rolled up their sleeves and picked up where they left off to find their reward just after the half hour. In the 31st minute after Midson was fouled in the area Rainford calmly equalised from the penalty spot, sending Bradshaw the wrong way. Only two minutes later Midson’s pass to Morison beat the offside trap and Morison, after running 45 yards unselfishly cut the ball back to debutant Tom Ward to score. It was nearly three when Midson’s pass went behind Morison in front of goal, before Dorchester equalised out of the blue on 37 minutes. Scott Morgan was given a free header and glanced the ball into the far corner. So the teams went in at half time all square at 2-2 but there was plenty of hope for more goals from Stortford.


Early in the second half this was confirmed as Alex Martin’s shot hit the post after the keeper was unable to hold a cross but there was a warning from the visitors as Gleeson shot narrowly wide. Just before the hour Stortford took the lead once again as Roy Essandoh got on the end of Gareth Gwillim’s cross to head home after 57 minutes. There could have been another goal when Ward’s shot was not held by Bradshaw, but the ball did not run well for the strikers. Soon after Martin found Midson with a good ball which gave the Stortford player the chance to cross for Morison to score the 4th with his head. Matt Jones came on as sub now to tighten the defence and make sure there was no way back for Dorchester but it was all one way traffic now as Morison and Martin created good chances before Essandoh wrapped up the points, heading in from a Martin free kick on 85 minutes.


Since that game we have played unusual opposition in the form of Workington who made the long trip for a Conference North game which ended 1-1 in 2012 and was the debut for Matt Johnson who went on to make 141 appearances and score 14 goals.


2017 BSFC 1 Concord Rangers 0 – Conference South

Voss, Rodgers, Stephenson, Hickford, Walsh, Darling, Ronto, Fagan, Callandar, Ford, Greene Subs: Cundle, Everitt, Barnwell Unused: Davidson, Ngassa Scorer: Cundle


2014 BSFC 3 Barnet 0 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round

Wright, Lockie, Baker, Allen, Francis, McNaughton, Costa, Church, Enver-Marum, Fagbohun, Hall Subs: Milbourne, Woodall, Johnson Unused: Cowler, Sackey Scorers: Allen, Enver-Marum (2)


2012 BSFC 1 Workington 1 – Conference North

Archer, Jones, Dunbar, Abdullahi, Haines, Anderson, Gayle, Johnson, Sappleton, Prestedge, Shulton Subs: Subuola, Dadson Unused: Milton, Stewart, Wickham Scorer: Gayle


2006 BSFC 5 Dorchester Town 2 – Conference South

Young, Maxwell, Gwillim, Rainford, Dolman, Gillman, Ward, Midson, Essandoh, Morison, Martin Subs: Thanda, Jones, Mason Unused: Hayes, Hussey

Scorers: Rainford, Ward, Essandoh (2), Morison


2003 Billericay Town 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Cup 3rd Round

O’Neill, Parker, Gwillim, Braham, Wall, Southam, French, Riches, Renner, Paul, Williamson Subs: Langer, Wolf Unused: Hannigan, Hayes, Desborough Scorer: Renner


1997 Uxbridge 0 BSFC 3 – Isthmian Full Members Cup 2nd Round

King, Wardley, Fox, Jordan, Honeyball, Le Bihan, Quinn, Ridout, Burns, Hollamby, Cooper

Subs: Riley, Salmon Unused: Adekola Scorers: Hollamby (2), Cooper


1989 Grays Athletic 4 BSFC 3 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Moore, Tamblyn-Jones, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Jackman, Weddell, English, Young, Cowley Subs: Zacchau, Unused: Barker Scorers: English (2), Young


1984 Feltham 3 BSFC 2 Friendly


1980 BSFC 1 Chelmsford City 3 – Eastern Professional Floodlight Competition

Carrick, Knapman, Bradford, Smith, Cooper, Blackman, Coakley, Eason, Bass, Ferry, Simmonds Sub Unused: Reading Scorer: Bass


1967 BSFC 1 Leatherhead 2 – FA Amateur Cup 1st Round Replay

Cherry, Atkinson, Abbott, Duley, Neeves, Belger, P Duggan, C Duggan, Nisbet, Gough, Brown

Sub: Battram Scorer: Nisbet


1961 Walthamstow Avenue 3 BSFC 0 – FA Amateur Cup 1st Round

D Cook, P Cook, Rolph, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Wacey, Yates, Horton, Nettle, Francis


1956 BSFC 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 2 – Delphian League

Sullivan, Duncan, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Scott, Yates, Horton, Hussey, Burridge

Scorers: Horton, Burridge


1950 BSFC 2 Letchworth Town 1 – Herts Senior Cup 4th Round

Wardell, Earl, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbuck, Dixon, Whittaker, Yates, Brown, Giles, Beatty

Scorers: Yates, Whittaker


1939 Hertford Town 2 BSFC 1 – Herts Senior Cup 1st Round

Turnbull, Day, Hill, Polybank, Woods, Lowe, Clark, Lewin, Myers, Hanratty, Ward

Scorer: own goal

1933 BSFC 3 Waltham Comrades 2 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round

Vaasey, Johnson, Chapman, Burt, Lawrence, Little, Harknett, Braithwaite, Badcock, Sparrow, Underdown Scorers: Badcock (2), Underdown


1928 BSFC 5 Hertford Town 5 – Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round

Boxall, Wright, Chapman, Osborne, Brown, Hyles, Patmore, Piper, Fordham, Thurgood, Runacres Scorers: Patmore (2), Brown, Fordham (2)


1922 BSFC 0 Ilford Reserves 3 – Friendly


1914 BSFC 5 Harlow Town 0 – Friendly


Author: Dave Ryan