Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on September 12th


In 2015 we travelled to Maidenhead to play Hayes & Yeading United in a Conference South game.


Stortford were kicking downhill in a first half of few chances and little quality from either outfit. In the opening minutes United’s Jake Nicholson curled a free-kick wide of the near post whilst Elliott Buchanan headed close over the bar from a De’Reece Vanderhyde right wing cross. There were two near misses for the Blues coming up to the half-hour mark as first a poor clearance out of defence by the hosts saw the ball rebound out to Buchanan and the marksman’s angled effort from ten yards was parried away by keeper Dan Lincoln at the near post and then the United stopper had to throw himself forward to push away a dangerous cross from the left by Mason Walsh. The home side was generally creating little to worry Tom Lovelock’s defence and most of United’s attacks floundered at the edge of the box.


Ten minutes from the break Matty Fanimo cutting in from the right sent a rising shot over the bar and the Blues came their closest yet to breaking the deadlock in the 39th minute with a Walsh corner resulting in a header from skipper Anthony Church that was headed off the line by Jim Fenlon. A minute later Buchanan after receiving a pass from Matt Johnson struck a piledriver that Lincoln managed to beat away. A minute from the interval Brendan Kiernan was close for the hosts with a rising effort after a quick break upfield.


There were few openings in the early part of the second half but there were signs of Stortford getting the better of the proceedings. In the 59th minute Buchanan laid the ball back to Matt Johnson in a promising position but the midfielder snatched his shot to send it over the bar. Then, after a fine run on the left by Mason Walsh the on-loan player laid the ball on to Anthony Church who saw his low shot saved low down at full stretch by Lincoln.


Just past the midpoint of the second period Tom Lovelock had to move quickly to hold a Nicholson free-kick under the bar but Walsh was again prominent in a move up the left flank that ended with the ball switched into the middle and Matt Johnson striking a fierce 20 yard shot that Lincoln knew little about as it deflected off him for a corner.


In the 73rd minute Walsh was again in the action this time providing a cross that found Sheldon Sellears towards the far post and the substitute, who had only been on the field for a few minutes, powered a shot at goal that was kept out by a fine save by Lincoln.


Stortford were clearly the better side and their efforts culminated in a goal in the 75th minute. Elliott Buchanan was fouled by defender Devante McKain some 25 yards out and although the leading goalscorer’s free-kick hit the defensive wall the ball rebounded out to Christian Smith who fired a low drive from outside the box and the ball found a gap and evaded Lincoln’s dive to find its way into the corner of the net. It was Smith’s first goal for the Blues.


Rod Stringer’s outfit doubled the lead and ensured the points three minutes from the end of normal time following another attack on the left and when Walsh crossed to the far upright and Sellears was on hand to head home past Lincoln.


2015 Hayes & Yeading United 0 BSFC 2 – Conference South

Lovelock, Vanderhyde, Herd, Abdullahi, Smith, Allen, Fanimo, Church, Buchanan, Johnson, Walsh Subs: Sellears Unused: Ekim, Merrifield, Labonne, Furlonge Scorers: Smith, Sellears


2009 Basingstoke Town 0 BSFC 2 – Conference South

Eyre, Nunn, Patterson, Champion, Goodacre, Cooper, Harris, Bowditch, Brayley, Sheringham, Nicholls Subs: Essandoh, Green, Jackman Unused: Angus, Jones Scorers: Nicholls, Jackman


2006 Cambridge City 0 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Young, Collis, Gwillim, Porter, Goodacre, Gillman, Mason, Lockett, Innocent, Midson, Fuller

Subs: Martin, Champion, Wright Unused: Stewart, Fowler Scorer: Lockett


2000 BSFC 3 Canvey Island 5 – Isthmian League Cup 1st Round

Tucker, Yeoman, Kimble, Sedgwick, Bowen, Comerford, Braham, Southam, John, Paul, Williams Subs: Hercules, Hayes, Gunn Scorers: Bowen, Southam, Paul


1998 Dulwich Hamlet 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Edwards, Deleon, Clark, Clifford, Gammons, Forbes, Greene, Conroy, Cooper, Winger

Subs: Neufville, Campbell Unused: Smith Scorer: Clark


1995 Boston Town 5 BSFC 2 – FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying Replay

King, Wardley, Parkyn, Paxton, Moore, Edmonds, Hollamby, Walker, Braithwaite, Cooper, Comerford Sub: Parratt, Jordan Unused: Moylette, Scorer: Hollamby (2)


1992 Burnham 3 BSFC 2 – FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying

King, Jordan, Claridge, Harrigan, Hopkins, L Burns, White, T Burns, Petrou, Dance, Walker Sub: Unused: Gayle, Sailsman, Scorers: Claridge, Petrou


1987 BSFC 1 Farnborough Town 5 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Nunn, Goodchild, Hopkins, Lawrence, Hoddle, Cassidy, Weddell, Gayle, Zacchau, Wood Subs: Barker, Smith Scorer: Cassidy


1981 BSFC 1 Woking 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Moore, Brame, Brown, Smith, Baldry, Blackman, Sullivan, Knapman, Radford, Simmonds, Mitchell Sub: Clarke Scorer: Simmonds


1972 BSFC 2 Hitchin Town 1 – Isthmian League

Moore, Davenport, Lawrence, Smith, Still, Hounsell, Leakey, Merrifield, Dear, Bunker, Francis Sub Unused: Moss Scorer: Francis (2)


1970 BSFC 1 Hayes 3 – Athenian League Premier Division

Mollison, Lawrence, Mitchell, Clarey, Neeves, Pannell, Whyte, Allaway, Devaux, Gough, Chappell Sub: Pettipher Scorer: Devaux


1964 BSFC 4 Windsor & Eton 0 – Athenian League Division 2

Cherry, Rolph, Atkinson, Gough, Neeves, Duley, Taylor, Welsby, Smith, Saggers, Francis Scorer: Welsby, Saggers, Francis, og


1959 BSFC 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Delphian League

D Cook, Rolph, Atkinson, P Cook, Newman, Williams, Adamson, Yates, Horton, Gunn, Garrett Scorers: Gunn, Garrett


1953 Rainham Town 2 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

Sullivan, Lloyd, Giles, Hanley, Holmes, Bye, Whittaker, Yates, Hobson, Johnson, Williamson Scorer: Williamson


1951 BSFC 2 Hoddesdon Town 4 Herts Charity Shield 1st Round

Skerritt, ??????, ??????, ??????, ??????, Giles, ??????, Bentley, Douglas, Yates, ??????

Scorers: ??????, Bentleyt


1936 BSFC 4 Hazells Aylesbury 0 Spartan League Division 1

Parker, Springham, Brooks, Polybank, Ship, Woods, Clark, Elliott, Halls, Battzer, Johnson

Scorers: Springham (2), Elliott, Halls


1931 Welwyn Garden City 0 BSFC 6 – Spartan League Division 2 East

Vasey, Piper, Freeman, I Lawrence, Chapman, H Lawrence, Robertson, Braithwaite, Little, Oliver, Badcock Scorers: Little (2), Braithwaite (2), Oliver, Badcock


1925 Thorley Works 3 BSFC 0 – Friendly