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Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks at Blues’ games on February 17th

Blues last game on this date was two years ago when they travelled to Letchworth to face Royston Town in the Herts Charity Cup final and a single goal from Sheldon Sellears was enough to continue our dominance in the competition.

Going back a decade, there was a very entertaining game here as Blues continued there play off push at the expense of Sutton United. It should have been a comfortable win for Stortford but turned out to be much closer than Martin Hayes would have wanted.

Blues started with Greg Pearson and John Turner on loan from Grays up front but it was Pearson who caused the most problems. After 11 minutes he received a good ball from Ashley Fuller but hooked it over the bar. Two minutes later he made amends when a Dave Collis hit the crossbar. Pearson was quickest to the rebound. His shot was saved but went straight to Max Porter who put Blues in front. Sutton responded with their first shot on target but Chris Wright saved easily. Pearson and Turner both had further chances and a strong penalty appeal was turned down when Pearson appeared to be brought down by two defenders. Blues contiued to dominate but were then hit on the counter with two minutes to half time. Richard Harris put a long throw in and when Stortford failed to clear the ball from the six yard area Warren McBean was first to the ball and Sutton were lever – 1-1 at half time.

Due to injuries Pearson and Gillman were replaced by Morgan and Goodacre respectively but Blues picked up right where they had left off as Ashley Fuller and Danny Morgan both had good chances in the first 5 minutes. On the hour Stortford regained the lead as Edwards and Morgan played a one two off the goalkeeper with Edwards shooting home. Minutes later John Turner had to go off after an accidental collision to be replaced by Tim Langer. After this Blues seemed to sit back a bit and the inevitable happened. There seemed little danger from Alimi’s 20 yard shot but it somehow slipped past Wright for Sutton’s second equaliser. Blues set to their task again and the game was more even now as Morgan and McBean each had chances at either end. On 83 minutes Morgan got on the end of a rebound as Fuller’s shot was saved and Blues had the lead again. There were more chances from both sides and 5 minutes of injury time but Stortford hung on for three well deserved but mightily hard earned points.

2015 BSFC 1 Royston Town 0 – Herts Charity Cup Final
Larkins, Hayles, Allen, Bailey-Dennis, Lee, Sellears, McCall, Tabiri, Salapatas, Taylor, Simmonds
Subs: Miller, Walker, Church Not Used: Merrifield, Milbourne Scorer: Sellears

2009 BSFC 4 Team Bath 1 – Conference South
Eyre, Jones, Wright, Lettejallow, Champion, Cooper, Green, Deen, Jackman, Harris, Barnard
Subs: Mason, Essandoh, Howell Not Used: Prestedge, Goodacre
Scorers: Jackman (2), Harris, Essandoh

2007 BSFC 3 Sutton United 2– Conference South
Wright, Collis, Gwillim, Porter, Stanbrook, Gillman, Lockett, Edwards, Turner, Pearson, Fuller
Subs: Goodacre, Langer, Morgan Not Used: Mason, Young Scorers: Porter, Edwards, Morgan

2004 BSFC 2 Hornchurch 1– Isthmian League Premier Division
Desborough, Allman, Kyriacou, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Howell, Southam, Renner, Bunn, Martin Subs: McKeown, Langer, Forbes Not Used: Wiltshire, Hayward Scorers: Rainford, Southam

2001 BSFC 1 Oxford City 2– Isthmian League Division 1
Desborough, Risley, Kimble, Kyriacou, Hayes, Braham, Taylor, Southam, John, Paul, Langer Subs: Hercules Not Used: Wolf, Harvey Scorer: Risley

2000 Maidenhead United 2 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Cup 4th Round
Day, Fannon, Braham, Wright, Wolf, Paxton, Comerford, Hayes, Leary, Waldron, Willock Subs: Foot, Winger, Quinn Scorer: Waldron

1996 Worthing 0 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division
King, Wardley, Parkyn, Jackman, Shuttlewood, Parratt, Paxton, Walker, Roberts, Conroy, Barnaby Sub: Not Used: Cooper, Jordan, Hollamby Scorer: Conroy

1994 BSFC 1 Walton & Hersham 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
Mallett, Jordan, Claridge, Edmonds, Comerford, Harrigan, Das, Burns, Fortune-Wesr, Walker, Ingielewicz Sub: Scott Not Used: Adamson Scorer: Das

1990 BSFC 1 Dulwich Hamlet 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division
Taylor, Jackman, Risley, Hopkins, Harrigan, Went, Ryan, Neal, Young, Gayle, Manderson
Sub: Bedford Not Used: Petrou Scorer: Manderson

1981 BSFC 1 Tooting & Mitcham United 1 – Isthmian League Cup 4th Round
Moore, Blackman, Brame, Smith, Bradford, Brown, Sullivan, Knapman, Worrell, Simmonds, Clarke Subs: Radford Scorer: Simmonds

1976 BSFC 1 St Albans City 0 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round
Kitson, Harris, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Gaine, MacKenzie, Twigg, Watson
Sub: Vickers Scorer: ????

1975 Dagenham 4 BSFC 0 – Isthmian League Division 1
Moore, Martin, Mears, Newman, Blacktin, Mulkern, Childs, Dillon, MacKenzie, Lawrence, Rufus Sub: ????

1973 Dagenham 1 BSFC 1 – FA Amateur Cup 4th Round
Wiseman, Davenport, Coombes, Mitchell, Still, Lawrence, Leakey, Francis, Dear, Smith, Scott Sub: ??? Scorer: ???

1968 BSFC 1 Hitchin Town 2– Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round
Scorer: Gough

1962 BSFC 5 Stevenage Town 0 – Delphian League
Fox, Yell, Atkinson, Rolph, Neeves, Wilson, Harkness, Gough, Welch, Smith, Francis
Scorers: Gough (4), Welch

1951 BSFC 4 Welwyn Garden City 2 – Spartan League Division 1

1934 BSFC 1 Berkhamsted Town 5 – Spartan League Division 1

1923 BSFC 2 Hertford Town Res 0 – Herts County League
Boxall, Smith, Walker, T Wright, L Chapman, J Chapman, Clarke, P Wright, Brazier, Freeborn, Punter Scorers: Clarke, Freeborn

1912 Saffron Walden Town 0 BSFC 2– Saffron Walden & District League

1906 BSFC 1 Bishop’s Stortford School 1 – Friendly