Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on August 2nd  

 Once again it’s all friendlies on this date apart from a 1994 Herts Charity Cup game against Ware at Rhodes Avenue. This was our first season back in the Isthmian Premier after promotion.

John Scott created Blues first chance in the 8th minute when he skipped past his man to cross into the area where Tony Comerford (who wore a magic hat) arrived unmarked to head just over the bar. After a spell of midfield passing Leo Fortune-West went close, having a well directed header saved by Ian Haggar in the Ware goal from Micky Nunn’s well flighted cross. Trevor Gunn came up from the back in the 36th minute to send in a hard low shot which Haggar again did well to deal with and three minutes later Fortune-West was desperately unlucky not to score as he sent a header past Haggar, only to be denied by the crossbar, with the rebound falling agonisingly behind Shaun Close (who was basically crap – DR) who was following up. Blues new signing looked particularly lively going forward and was always a threat to the visitors back line who marked him closely all evening.


After the break Comerford went close to scoring on two occasions in quick succession around the hour mark, having one shot saved and seeing another go just over the bar from twenty yards. Scott was unfortunate not to score in the 65th minute when he closed in for a low cross from Nunn, only for Haggar to gather the loose ball inside the six yard box. Blues did find the breakthrough that their endeavours merited in the 71st minute, once again Scott was involved, sending in a teasing cross which found its way to Nunn at the far post, who steadied himself shooting home confidently from eight yards out. This goal seemed to relax the Stortford players and Scott almost added a second inside a couple of minutes when he let fly from 25 yards, his shot flashing just wide of the far post.


Close, who had worked himself ragged (despite being crap – DR) , was replaced with nine minutes remaining with Ian Hollamby, and the young forward wasted no time in making his mark on proeedings, latching onto a good through pass before controlling the ball well and scoring his first competitive goal for the first team in the 82nd minute. Three minutes from time Hollamby turned creator when he broke clear again, this time he drew the keeper towards him before rolling the ball into the path of Tony Comerford who gratefully hammered the ball home to round off another promising performance by the first team as they build up to their first league game at home to Marlow.


2014 Chesham United 0 BSFC 1 – Friendly


2011 BSFC 1 Essex United 1 – Friendly


2008 AFC Sudbury 0 BSFC 5 – Friendly


2007 BSFC 0 Leyton Orient 2 – Friendly


2005 Braintree Town 2 BSFC 0 – Friendly


2003 BSFC 1 Gravesend & Northfleet 1 – Friendly


1994 BSFC 3 Ware 0 – Herts Charity Cup 1st Round

Mallett, Nunn, Claridge, Jackman, Gunn, Jordan, Close, Scott, Fortune-West, Comerford, Ingielewicz Subs: Hollmaby Unused: Hopkins, King Scorers: Nunn, Comerford, Hollamby


1989 BSFC 2 Arsenal 3 – Friendly


1988 Saffron Walden Town 0 BSFC 3 – Friendly


1986 BSFC 2 Chelmsford City 2 – Friendly


1978 BSFC 2 Colchester United 1 – Friendly


1975 Hemel Hempstead 1 BSFC 2 – Friendly


1971 BSFC 1 Cambridge United 4 – Friendly


1969 BSFC 1 St Albans City 2 – Friendly