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Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on November 3rd


In 2012 we played a home FA Cup first round match on this date, a fairly rare event and on this occasion, at home to Hastings United, with all due respect to the visitors we could consider ourselves the favourites.

These hopes seemed justified when Blues dominated the opening quarter, bossing the midfield and exploiting the oceans of space afforded them down the flanks, with Hastings seemingly guilty of paying too much attention to the dangerous Sappleton. Inside two minutes, Green’s cross was headed wide of the near post by the unmarked Cawley, while a simple passing move from left flank to right then saw the Blues take a seventh minute lead, the ball shifted across the pitch until it reached Matt Johnson, who had all the time he needed to pick his spot low to Matt Armstrong-Ford’s right from twenty yards out.

For the next fifteen minutes or so, the visitors looked completely rattled and long range shots continued to fly narrowly off target from all angles. One quick counter-attack saw Goldberg force Chambers into action, but the visitors were being denied time on the ball by a hungry looking Stortford side. Ever so slowly though, Blues started to sit back, leaving Sappleton increasingly isolated and allowing Hastings some possession, albeit in areas that were unlikely to cause alarm at first. But as they finally began to settle, so the opportunities gradually began to present themselves, and it took an oustanding save by Chambers to preserve his side’s advantage, the keeper somehow clawing the ball out when Danny Ellis’ header from Jono Richardson’s cross appeared to be heading for the top corner.

Josh Jirbandey drove a shot just wide moments later, before Hasting’s growing optimism turned to outrage when Stortford defender Sean Francis brought down Goldberg after conceding possession inside the centre circle, Japanese referee Hiroyuki Kimura awarding the free kick, despite the fact that Attwood would have found himself clean through on goal had the advantage been played instead. After that let off Stortford were grateful to make it to half time with their 1-0 lead intact.

The confidence seemed to return at the start of the second half, although Sappleton and Green both wasted decent openings in the first couple of minutes. Jesse Waller-Lassen’s right wing cross then picked out Green for a header that beat Armstrong-Ford, but not Ray on the goalline, while an impeccably timed cover tackle dispossessed Cawley inside the visitor’s area, when the midfielder ran onto Sappleton’s through ball and had only Armstrong-Ford to beat. What a turning point that proved to be.

Ten minutes later, Ray arrived at the far post to meet a Lee Carey corner and lashed a shot into the roof of the net after his initial effort had been blocked. Goldberg had chances to score, forcing Chambers into a low save for the corner that led to Ray’s equaliser, shooting straight at the keeper shortly afterwards, and then missing a glorious chance when he found himself in space on the left hand side of the area, only to fire well over.

The U’s strong finish to the contest was punctuated with a handful of opportunities at the other end though, none better than Steve Cawley’s snap shot from the edge of the area that flew narrowly wide immediately after that latter Goldberg miss. However in the 88th minute Zac Attwood pounced on a loose ball to give Hastings the winner Blues fans had been half expecting and when mRicky Sappleton headed over from Anthony Sinclair-Furlonge’s stoppage time cross, the home side’s final chance of claiming a replay had gone. Fortunately we only had to wait one year for another chance of a home FA Cup first round match.


2012 BSFC 1 Hastings United 2 – FA Cup 1st Round

Chambers, Sinclair-Furlonge, Herd, Prestedge, Anderson, Francis, Johnson, Waller-Lassen, Sappleton, Cawley, Green Subs: Webb, Sturrock, Abdullahi Unused: Milton, Livings

Scorer: Johnson


2007 BSFC 2 Maidenhead United 1 – Conference South

Young, Jones, Lunan, Edwards, Goodacre, Stanbrook, Langer, Williamson, Pearson, Midson, Deen Sub: Champion Unused: Fazackerley, Essandoh, Martin, Welch Scorers: Edwards. Deen


1992 BSFC 3 Braintree Town 2 – East Anglian Cup 1st Round

Mallett, Jordan, Claridge, Edmonds, Hopkins, Petrou, T Burns, White, Fortune-West, Harrigan, Das Sub: L Burns Unused: Sailsman Scorers: Fortune-West. T Burns, Jordan


1990 Hendon 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Risley, Hopkins, Harrigan, Went, Ryan, Adebowale, Hardwick, Gayle, Manderson Sub: Neal Unused: Parker Scorer: Ryan


1984 Hayes 3 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, Wickenden, John Simmonds, Hull, Smith, Hopkins, Staunton, Avery, Cardines, Joe_Simmonds, Robb Sub: Mercer


1981 BSFC 2 Walthamstow Avenue 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Moore, Mangan, Baldry, Smith, Bradford, Avery, Worrell, Knapman, Brown, Lynch, Sullivan Sub: Mitchell Scorer: Lynch (2)


1980 Aveley 0 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, I Smith, Brown, Blackman, Bradford, Avery, Mitchell, Knapman, Radford, Sullivan, Simmonds Sub: Clarke Scorers: Sullivan, Simmonds


1979 Kingstonian 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Carrick, Blackman, Bradford, M Smith, Brame, I Smith, Coakley, Eason, Worrell, Reading, Radford Sub: Carvill


1973 BSFC 1 Dagenham 1 – FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying

Moore, Gibson, Lawrence, Payne, Still, Tone, Leakey, Scott, Bass, Smith, Dear

Sub: ??? Scorer: Dear


1970 Leyton 0 BSFC 6 – Essex Floodlight Competition 2nd Round 1st Leg

Mollison, Mitchell, Kemp, Pannell, Neeves, Sharkey, Baines. Allaway, Devaux, Chappell, Gough Sub Unused: Clarey Scorers: Neeves, Baines, Allaway, Devaux, Gough (2)


1962 Edmonton 1 BSFC 2 – Delphian League

Cherry, Yell, Atkinson, Rankin, Tucker, Wilson, Harkness, Collett, Gough, Smith, Francis Scorers: Gough, Smith


1956 Woodford Town 1 BSFC 3 – Delphian League

Fox, Duncan, Atkinson, Lloyd, Carter, Price, Neal, Yates, Hussey, Adamson, Francis

Scorers: Yates (2), Neal



1945 BSFC 4 Royal Corps of Signals 2 – Friendly

1934 BSFC 5 Leighton United 0 – Spartan League Division 1

Vasey, Spring, Humphreys, Peck, Ship, Sharp, Harrington, Baily, Christmas, Logan, Underwood Scorers: Baily, Christmas (2), Logan (2)


1923 BSFC 2 Hoddesdon Town 4 – Herts Charity Shield 1st Round

Boxall, Chapman, Walker, R E Punter, Brown, de Boltz, Clarke, Watson, Wright, Freeborn, R A Punter Scorers: Wright, Freeborn


1909 BSFC 8 Newport (Essex) 0 – Friendly


1906 BSFC 2 Stansted Rovers 2 – Friendly

Author: Dave Ryan