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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on March 7th

In 2015 on this date we had the short trip to play Wealdstone in a Conference South game. Stortford had already made a promising start before they took the lead from a corner on the left in the sixth minute. Sheldon Sellears’ flag kick found the head of George Allen and the defender netted powerfully inside the angle at the far upright.


More early pressure saw Ashley Miller have a shot on the turn blocked by a defender and another corner forced. As the hosts started to settle down Adam Bailey-Dennis at the other end made two good blocks when Jefferson Louis threatened in the 14th minute after a break upfield involving the striker and Jonny Wright.


An excellent save by Jake Larkins in the 17th minute prevented the Stones from equalising. Nathan Mavila crossed in from the left and Luke O’Nien’s low first time shot from 15 yards was turned aside for a corner by the Stortford stopper diving low to his left. A Sellears’ free-kick led to the Blues’ second goal in the 24th minute. His free-kick was deflected for a corner quickly followed by another on the right and although neither of them taken by him were particularly good the second was miscued by Jefferson Louis and his attempted clearance fell to Mikel Suarez and half turning the Spaniard shot left footed inside the near post from close range with the aid of a very slight deflection off the boot of defender Ryan Watts standing on the goal-line.


The two goal margin remained for less than two minutes as Louis earned himself a penalty when he ran goalwards along the bye-line from the corner flag and was fouled in the area by Allen. Louis gave Jake Larkins no chance from the spot to reduce the deficit.


Although a cross into the box from the right by Greg Pearson caused some confusion in the Wealdstone defence just before the half hour Jonny Wright went close with a header soon afterwards at the other end after a centre from the left by Scott Davies had been headed back across goal. Then, in the 36th minute, Larkins had to be alert when he just punched clear as Luke O’Nien ran forward down the middle.


Larkins was in action again a couple of minutes later holding the ball at the second attempt after a Louis shot on the turn from 20 yards. But a minute before the end of normal time before the interval Stortford looked likely to restore a two goal lead as Suarez and Pearson combined to set Sellears breaking clear on the right but the midfielder cut back his cross too far behind Pearson who otherwise would have been faced by an empty net.


Just as at the start of the first half the Blues were set up by an early goal after the restart. In the 51st minute Pearson, Sellears and Miller were involved in an attack close to the right corner flag and when Miller, advancing into the box after receiving the ball from Sellears was nudged over by Michael Corcoran the referee pointed straight to the spot and Suarez sent North the wrong way with his kick.


Whilst the injured Church was being replaced by Frankie Merrifield the Stones were making a double substitution and soon afterwards on the hour they nearly reduced Stortford’s lead. Louis crossed in low from the right towards the near post and Mavila’s effort from close in hit the outside of the upright. A few minutes later there was another close call for the Blues when an awkward free-kick by Scott Davies into the box was turned away by Larkins and when the ball fell loose close to goal a combination of Larkins and Allen somehow stopped Louis from scoring at the expense of a corner.


The hosts continued to put pressure on the Blues’ defence but they held strong and in the 81st minute broke out of defence to notch a fourth goal. Sellears slipped the ball to Joe Tabiri who from his own half found Bobby-Joe Taylor running clear centrally and the substitute beat North with a fine left footed shot from the edge of the box.


Apart from a 20 yard attempt in added time by Wealdstone substitute Matt Ball that was just wide Stortford saw out time easily.


2015 Wealdstone 1 BSFC 4 – Conference South

Larkins, Miller, Lee, Hayles, Bailey-Dennis, Allen, Sellears, Tabiri, Pearson, Church, Suarez Subs: Walker, Merrifield, Taylor Unused: McCall, Nicolau Scorers: Allen, Suarez (2), Taylor


2009 Dorchester Town 0 BSFC 2 – Conference South

Eyre, Jones, Barnard, Lettejallow, Goodacre, Champion, Green, Prestedge, Harris, Smith, Patterson Subs: Webb, Essandoh, Hill Unused: Wright, Angus Scorers: Goodacre, Prestedge


2005 Thurrock 1 BSFC 0 – Conference South

Young, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Lewis, Riches, Howell, Cracknell, Morison, Hakim, Martin Subs: Abraham, Forbes, Jackman Unused: Stewart, Tillotson


1998 Hitchin Town 2 BSFC 4 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Wardley, Sedgwick, Edwards, Campbell, Greaves, Comerford, Adekola, Conroy, Forbes, Gammons   Subs: Cooper, Antoine, Dean Scorers: Adekola, Edwards, Comerford, Conroy


1992 BSFC 0 Marlow 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, C White, Sailsman, Edmonds, Bedford, Harrigan, Milbourne, McInerney, Gayle, Petrou, English   Subs: N White, Pritchard


1987 BSFC 1 Bognor Regis Town 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Glozier, Goodchild, Hopkins, Hull, Nunn, Fergusson, Cassidy, Hardy, Weddell, McCaig Subs Unused: Wood, Wickenden Scorer: McCaig


1981 Hayes 2 BSFC 2 – London Senior Cup 3rd Round

Moore, Blackman, Brame, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Sullivan, Knapman, Radford, Simmonds, Clarke Sub Unused: Brown Scorers: Bradford, Simmonds


1978 BSFC 2 Harlow Town 4 – Friendly


1964 Hemel Hempstead Town 1 BSFC 2 – Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Wilson, Taylor, Duley, Francis, Saggers, Wacey

Scorers: Duley, Saggers


1959 Stevenage Town 1 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

D Cook, Lloyd, Atkinson, P Cook, Newman, Wilson, Adamson, Yates, Phelan, Horton, Francis Scorer: P Cook


1953 Leatherhead 1 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

Fraser, Dady, Bradford, Sullivan, Cox, Atkinson, Whittaker, Perry, Yates, Johnson, Dann Scorer: Perry

1936 Leighton United 1 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Division 1

Spermi, Springham, Ship, Peck, Polybank, Wood, Morris, Barker, Halls, Elliott, Drew

Scorer: Morris,


1931 BSFC 3 Lea Bridge Gas 2 – Spartan League division 2 East

Vasey, Spring, Freeman, I Lawrence, Chapman, Wright, Robertson, Haylock, Badcock,

H Lawrence, Mayes Scorers: Mayes, Badcock, H Lawrence


1925 BSFC 2 Stevenage Town 3 – Herts County League

Jeary, Quarrie, Chapman, Osborne, Bennett, Raybould, Bavin, Wright, Driscoll, Hayward, Brazier Scorer: Hayward (2)


Author: Dave Ryan