Blast from the past
Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on April 13th
In 2013 we had a long trip to the Manchester area to face Altrincham in a Conference North game. There were a couple of changes to Stortford’s starting eleven compared with the side that had travelled in midweek to FC Halifax Town. Having served his one match suspension Adam Bailey- Dennis returned to the defence whilst Billy Lobjoit played up front alongside Brian Woodall.
The Robins went ahead in the 3rd minute following a move along the left flank. James Lawrie set Nicky Clee away down the wing and the cross to the far post seemed to hit the thigh or leg of Carl Rodgers before the ball beat Carl Pentney and ran over the goal-line in slow motion. Two minutes later Simon Richman’s solo run through the Blues defence ended with a low shot close
past Pentney’s left upright. Stortford remained under pressure and another cross from the left by
Clee in the 15th minute was flicked away to safety by Bailey-Dennis at the back post after
the ball had gone across the face of the goal.
Lawrie was just wide with a low shot and its wasn’t until the 24th minute that the Blues
conjured up their first real threat at goal with Lobjoit heading the ball on for Woodall to
volley wide from the edge of the box. Stortford’s first corner of the match arrived in the 27th minute but it came to nothing.
On the half-hour Damian Reeves headed inches over the Stortford bar after a cross from the right by skipper Shaun Densmore but then three minutes later at the other end Woodall’s pass sent Lobjoit breaking on the left. However the youngster’s low cross was held by the grounded Stuart Coburn and even if the Altrincham stopper had not held on to the ball there would have been no one on hand in the penalty box to take advantage. Then a long clearance by Pentney fell to Brian
Woodall who struck a first time low 25 yarder that was held by keeper Coburn diving at full length to his right.
Densmore’s cross-cum-shot from the right in the 38th minute swung away at the far post at the last moment with Pentney watching the ball all the way and in virtually the final action of the half, after Reece Prestedge had been fouled, Matt Johnson’s free-kick from outside the box was high over the bar.
Five minutes after the restart Reeves just missed contact with another Densmore cross
towards the six yard box but then the Blues enjoyed a better spell of play. In the 52nd minute Prestedge carried the ball up the inside left channel before laying it forward for Johnson to take
- However, the midfielder, having done the hard work outwitting and going past a defender placed his shot over the bar from just inside the box.
Then when the Blues’ skipper was fouled Lobjoit’s free-kick went past the defensive wall and
inches wide of Coburn’s near post. Incidents at both ends continued and Lawrie put his shot
over the top in the 56th minute after another cross into the middle from Densmore. The Robins
captain was involved at the other end of the pitch shortly afterwards as Woodall and Lobjoit linked on the right and when the latter crossed to the near post Densmore sliced his clearance
into the air and Coburn was forced to turn the ball over the bar.
Reeves’ first chance to get on the scoresheet with a clear cut opportunity came in the 63rd
minute when Clee slotted the ball down the middle but with just Pentney to beat Reeves shot
wide to the right of the target. Stortford, facing the elements in the second half, came back a minute later as a surging solo run by Lobjoit took him deep into Altrincham territory. When he was tackled and the ball broke it ran to Harry Baker who blasted a drive from the angle of the box and flew close past the near upright.
The hosts doubled their lead in the 67th minute following a move up the left touch-line. Matt Doughty and Clee combined and when Clee crossed to the left central edge of the box Lawrie
fired a shot high into the net over Pentney.
The Robins could have extended their lead in the 78th minute as Rodgers sent Reeves clear for
goal but his heavy touch resulted in the ball running out for a goal-kick. Then minutes later Lawrie headed narrowly over the bar.
Stortford pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute. After being awarded a free-kick Matt Johnson slipped the ball out to the left where Woodall worked himself into space before unleashing a low
drive from 20 yards that beat Coburn at his near post. The hosts now looked edgy and began to drop deeper. Blues substitute Ricky Sappleton advanced on goal but his attempt at goal from outside the box lacked power and Coburn easily held the shot. Then in the 88th minute Altincham central defender Gianluca Havern headed away a Woodall cross at the near post and under pressure from Bailey-Dennis but the resultant corner came to nothing.
There were five minutes of stoppage time at the conclusion of the match and the Blues twice went close to grabbing an equaliser. Baker played the ball up the right flank and when Havern missed his clearance Sappleton gained control of the loose ball but the striker flashed an angled shot wide of the near post from 15 yards. In Stortford’s last attack of the game Baker’s deep cross
from the right was held by keeper Coburn just above Bailey-Dennis’ head.
2013 Altrincham 2 BSFC 1 – Conference North
Pentney, Sanpayo, Herd, Prestedge, Bailey-Dennis, Francis, Johnson, Abdullahi, Woodall, Lobjoit, Baker Subs: Webb, Sappleton, Wilson Unused: Mattock, Dodge Scorer: Woodall
2010 BSFC 4 Cheshunt 0 – Herts Senior Cup Final (At Letchworth)
Morgan, M Jones, Llewellyn, Docker, Duncan, R Jones, Hahn, Shulton, Prestedge, Sellears, Simpson Subs: Chick, Abdullahi, Sackey Unused: Hall, Greenwood Scorers: R Jones, Shulton (3)
2009 Thurrock 1 BSFC 3 – Conference South
Eyre, Lindie, Wright, Hill, Champion, Angus, D Green, Prestedge, Harris, Smith, D J Green Subs: Essandoh, Patterson, Webb Unused: Barnard, Jones Scorers: Champion, Green, Smith
2005 Weston super Mare 2 BSFC 1 – Conference South
Young, Kyriacou, Gwillim, Forbes, Lewis, Okuonghae, Howell, Parmenter, Morison, Jackman, Martin Subs: Hakim, Cracknell Unused: Riches, Langer, Horne Scorer: Forbes
2002 Slough Town 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1
Desborough, Hannigan, Wolf, McGibbon, Double, Taylor, Hyatt, Langer, John, Paul, Braham Subs: Fannon, Southam Not Used: Allison Scorer: Paul
1998 BSFC 2 Heybridge Swifts 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
King, Wardley, Edwards, Jordan, Campbell, Van der Velden, Comerford, Antoine, Conroy, Adekola, Forbes Subs: Roberts Not Used: Winter Scorers: ??????, ??????
1996 BSFC 0 Carshalton Athletic 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
King, Wardley, Jackman, Jordan, Claridge, Parratt, Barnaby, Paxton, Conroy, Roberts, Cooper Subs Not Used: Quinn, Salmon, Forbes
1993 BSFC 1 Cambridge City 1 – East Anglian Cup Semi-Final
King, Comerford, Claridge, Edmonds, Hopkins, T Burns, Das, Jordan, Walker, L Burns, Ingliewicz Subs: Munn, White Scorer: Walker
1991 Wivenhoe Town 0 BSFC 4 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Jackman, Risley, Harrigan, Went, Hopkins, Ryan, Parker, Joseph, Bedford, Miles
Subs: Adebowale Not Used: Manderson Scorers: Ryan, Joseph (2), Bedford
1989 Barnet 4 BSFC 1 – Clubcall Cup Semi-Final
Taylor, Jackman, Ryan, Hopkins, McCayna, Hoddle, Milbourne, Weddell, English, Zacchau, Cowley Subs: Gayle Not Used: Moore Scorer: Zacchau
1985 Sutton United 4 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Wickenden, John Simmonds, Baker, Hull, Hopkins, Joe Simmonds, Marshall, Harper, Staunton, Smith Sub Not Used: Avery Scorers: Marshall, Harper
1982 Watford 2 BSFC 0 – Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final
Markwick, Gunn, Baldry, Brown, Bradford, Avery, Bailey, Knapman, Lynch, Simmonds, Sullivan Sub: Worrell
1976 BSFC 5 Sutton United 2 – Isthmian League Division 1
Kitson, Harris, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Gough, MacKenzie, Watson, Gaine
Sub Not Used: Twigg Scorers: Gough, MacKenzie (4)
1974 BorehamWood 0 BSFC 1 – Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final
Moore, Gibson, Coombes, Lawrence, Still, Payne, Leakey, Dear, Scott, Smith, Murphy
Sub Not Used: Webb Scorer: Dear
1968 BSFC 1 Leatherhead 1 – Athenian League Premier Division
Cherry, Mitchell, Abbott, Hammond, Neeves, Atkinson, Battram, Duggan, Nisbett, Chappell, Gough Sub: Drane Scorer: Nisbett
1963 Ware 1 BSFC 2 – Delphian League Emergency Competition
Cherry, Yell, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Harkness, Collett, Gough, Smith, Francis Scorers: Gough, Francis
1961 Hertford Town 1 BSFC 0 – Delphian League
Fox, Cook, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Rolph, Thomas, Hollow, Horton, Wacey
1957 BSFC 3 Barnet 0 – Herts Charity Cup Semi-Final Replay
Fox, Duncan, Atkinson, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Adamson, Yates, Horton, Burridge, Francis Scorers: Adamson, Burridge, Francis
1940 BSFC 2 RAF XI 1 – Friendly
1936 BSFC 5 Pinner 0 – Spartan League Division 1
Parker, Day, Brooks, Polybank, Ship, Palmer, Peck, Braithwaite, Halls, Elliott, Collins
Scorers: Peck, Halls, Collins
1935 BSFC 2 RAF Henlow 3 – Spartan League Division 1
Knight, Chapman, Springham, Byatt, Sharp, Spring, Riches, Pike, Braithwaite, Miller, Johnson
Scorers: Braithwaite, Miller
1929 Sawbridgeworth Town 4 BSFC 2 – Stansted & District League
Thurgood, Chapman, Childs, Raybould, Mayes, Freeman, Elliott, Wright, Vealey, Hayward, Bass
Scorers: Bass, og
1927 BSFC 1 Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – Herts & Essex Border League
1925 BSFC 1 Baldock Town 0 – Herts County League
Jeary, Marsh, Bennett, Scotney, Chapman, Raybould, Bavin, Wright, Clarke, Thurley, Brazier