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Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on March 8th


No especially outstanding games on this date but in 2014 we did make a trip to Kent to play Tonbridge Angels in a bid to clear a backlog of 19 games in the last two months of that weather affected season.


In bright springlike conditions it was Stortford who made the first meaningful attack when in the 7th minute a long crossfield pass by Matt Johnson found Michael Richens on the right. The full-back drilled a low ball into the box where an Anthony Church effort was deflected wide of an upright.


However, the hosts went ahead in the 10th minute. Following an attack down the middle the Blues defence hesitated for a split second expecting an offside decision as Henry Muggeridge slipped the ball forward to Chris Piper who clipped it past the oncoming Joe Lumley. George Allen made an excellent clearance as the ball was going over the line and he with other

Blues players protested strongly when an assistant eeferee signalled a goal.


Stortford fought hard to overcome this blow and Reece Prestedge almost equalised in the 21st minute when the skipper cut in from the left to send a low shot skimming past the far upright. The Blues, however, looked a little disjointed before the break lacking fluency against a tight marking side desperate for points after a couple of heavy defeats. In the 25th minute the ball ran loose in the box after Sean Francis had gone up to challenge keeper Lewis Carey for a Johnson free-kick but the ball was cleared to safety and then Carey made a good stop at his near upright following a run from the left flank by Brian Woodall.


When Reece Prestedge was fouled by Muggeridge in the 35th minute Johnson’s free-kick from distance saw Carey tip the ball over the top at the angle. The Angels came back a couple of minutes later when Ryan Watts was close with a volley across the face of the Stortford goal after the ball had been laid into his path by Michael Bakare. Another Johnson free-kick, this time to the back post was headed back across the area by Francis and scrambled away for a corner after Cliff Akurang had tried to flick the ball goalwards. From the resultant flag-kick taken by   Prestedge keeper Carey held the ball at the second attempt from Church. At the other end, Tonbridge’s best player Piper nearly doubled his tally as the first half drew to a close as he had a shot from the edge of the area parried by Lumley and a follow-up blocked.


Rod Stringer changed Stortford’s system on the restart with Callum McNaughton replacing Jake Hall and moving to a 3-5-2 formation. For the remainder of the match Stortford looked to have the slight edge. In the 56th minute Allen headed narrowly wide at the near post following a Johnson corner on the left. At the other end Lumley had to be alert when Muggeridge delivered a long curling centre in towards the edge of the box with the keeper punching the ball clear above the head of striker Nathaniel Pinney.


Both keepers were in action just after the halfway point of the match with Carey holding a low Prestedge drive from 25 yards and Lumley saving likewise to cling on to save an awkward angled low shot-cum-cross from Piper. Stortford’s pressure, however, was building momentum and, just after Josh Fagbohun had come as a replacement for Brian Woodall they equalised in the 72nd minute. Originally an excellent solo run forward by Richens finished with a shot that was saved at an upright by Carey but the ball was only cleared out towards the right touch-line and, after linking with Richens, Johnson swung in a great cross to the far post where a lunging Akurang headed into the net from a few yards.


A few minutes later the hosts had a good chance to retake the lead when Mark Lovell found Luis Cumbers in space a few yards inside the area but the substitute blazed high and wide. In the closing ten minutes of normal time Richens almost made himself a Stortford hero firstly after another run and shot that skimmed the outside of the post and then, in the 85th minute he

struck a dipping 35 yard attempt that just cleared the bar. Former Blue, Tom Collins, who had earlier come on as a substitute had a half chance when he latched on to a Muggeridge cross but McNaughton closed him down well and the ball deflected away out of danger.


During four minutes of stoppage time keeper Carey held on to an angled volley from Prestedge after the skipper picked up a pass from Church and then Francis spread himself to make an excellent block to divert away a shot from Piper after the Tonbridge goalscorer had worked himself into some space just inside the box.


2014 Tonbridge Angels 1 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Lumley, Richens, Miller, Allen, Francis, Hall, Johnson, Church, Woodall, Akurang, Prestedge Subs: McNaughton, Fagbohun, Brown Not Used: Baker, Enver-Marum Scorer: Akurang


2008 Havant & Waterlooville 1 BSFC 2 – Conference South

Welch, Jones, Lunan, Edwards, Gillman, Goodacre, Yao, Mason, Pearson, Fazackerley, Deen Subs: Patten, Higgins Not Used: Martin, Hayes, Young Scorers: Yao, Pearson


2003 St Albans City 3 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Desborough, Kyriacou, Gwillim, Riches, Gould, Southam, Williamson, French, Aransiba, Renner, Forbes Subs: Howell, Langer, Paul Not Used: Dorrian, O’Neill Scorers: Aransiba, Paul


1997 Heybridge Swifts 0 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Fox, Blake, Jordan, Shuttlewood, Moss, Walker, Wardley, Burns, Riley, Cooper

Subs Not Used: Hollamby, Forbes, Quinn


1994 Wembley 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

King, Jordan, Gunn, Edmonds, Hopkins, Walker, Das, T Burns, Fortune-West, White, Comerford Subs: L Burns Not Used: Adamson Scorer: Fortune-West


1989 BSFC 3 Harlow Town 1 – East Anglian Cup 2nd Round

Taylor, Jackman, Martin, Harrigan, McCayna, Hoddle, Milbourne, Weddell, English, Zacchau, Cowley Subs: Gayle Unused: Moore Scorers: English (2), Zacchau


1988 Watford 2 BSFC 0 – Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final

Taylor, Hopkins, Jackman, Hull, McCayna, Hoddle, Barker, Weddell, Gayle, Sorrell, Wood Subs: Nunn, Cassidy Unused: Moore, Fleming


1986 BSFC 0 Billericay Town 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Goodchild, Tomkins, Hull, Hopkins, Flynn, Nunn, Hardy, Bright, Newbury Sub Unused: Reading


1977 Staines Town 2 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Kitson, Smith, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Massey, Melvin, Gaine, MacKenzie, Twigg, Gough

Sub Unused: Tucker


1975 Kingstonian 2 BSFC 4 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Dillon, Martin, Johnson, Blacktin, Rufus, Greene, Watson, McKenzie, Smith, Mulkern

Sub: Woodrow Scorers: Greene, Watson (2), MacKenzie


1969 BSFC 5 Hayes 1 – Athenian League Premier Division

Mollison, Haggar, Mitchell, Hill, Gough, Nisbet, Duggan, Hammond, Battram, Chappell, Phillips

Sub: ??? Scorers: Nisbet, Phillips (2), Battram, Chappell


1958 Brentwood & Warley 1 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

Fox, Lloyd, Atkinson, Pope, Newman, Horton, Adamson, Yates, Francis, Phelan, Wacey

Scorer: Yates


1952 BSFC 2 Brentwood & Warley 2 – Delphian League

Fraser, Bayford, Wilkins, Atkinson, Halladay, Parott, Whittaker, Yates, Brown, McLauglan, Giles Scorers: Yates, Giles


1930 Ministry of Health 1 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Spring, Freeman, I Lawrence, Mayes, Chapman, H Lawrence, Haylock, Chipperfield, Hepburn, Andrews Scorer: Spring


1924 Welwyn 1 BSFC 2 – Herts County League

Boxall, Walker, Smith, Punter, L Chapman, de Boltz, Thurley, Wright, J Chapman, Bolt, Brazier

Scorers: Wright, Bolt

Author: Dave Ryan