Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back on Blues’ games on September 20th

A recent game on this date was a mid-week trip to Nottinghamshire to play Eastwood Town in Conference North. A relatively short away trip for us by the standards of this league saw a good away performance in an entertaining seven goal game.

Stortford got off to a dream start as they went a goal up after just 34 seconds. Dwight Gayle flicked the ball into the path of Michael Bakare running goalwards in the inside right channel and his fierce low 25 yard drive finished in the bottom corner of the net, skimming off the outstretched arm of keeper James Severn. The Nottinghamshire side reacted with some promising attacks at Joe Wright’s goal but Stortford looked sharp with Sean Francis nearly scoring with a back post header following a corner. In the 18th minute Ritchie Jones slipped to allow Jarrod Westcarr free on the left but the his shot went across the face of the goal and past the far post. In the 22nd minute the home side got back on level terms. Paul Riley slung in a free-kick from the left touchline and striker Jason Bradley headed past Wright.


The Badgers took the lead in the 32nd minute when Westcarr went on a fine run down the left and crossed towards the far post for Bradley to notch his second header of the night past Wright.

Stortford fought back and equalised three minutes from the break. Bakare was fouled midway in the Eastwood half and near the left touchline. Scott Shulton’s free-kick towards the far post resulted in under pressure keeper James Severn punching the ball against the back of Paco Craig’s head, as they jumped together, and it rebounded into the corner of the net to make it 2-2.

It stayed that way at half time despite Junior Dadson cutting in from the right hitting the post at the death.


After the break the hosts lost their attacking threat as the Blues took control of affairs. Ade Cole had an early shot following the restart go wide of the far post. Then in the 57th minute Bakare’s run ended with a scuffed shot that was narrowly wide of Severn’s left upright when he could have made the most of other options available to him.


There was another near miss in the 74th minute as Shulton rounded off a great move with a

close range shot that clipped keeper Severn’s shoulder and rebounded away. At last, in the 84th minute, the Blues netted the goal they deserved. Following a concerted attack, a cross from Dadson found Gayle who headed in from 8 yards. Just a minute later, Stortford extended their lead. Bakare slipped the ball forward for Gayle to fasten on to and advancing from the left calmly slotted low past Severn into the far corner to double his tally for the match and his total so far for the season to six.


With time running out Alex Troke, for the hosts, was close with an effort from the edge of the box and then in the third minute of stoppage time Bradley headed a cross from the left wing down into the path of substitute Josh Burge who shot past Joe Wright to make the score 4-3 to the visitors.


2014 BSFC 3 Whitehawk 1 – Conference South

Gregory, Miller, Herd, Tabiri, Allen, Fitzsimons, Auger, Church, Suarez, McCall, Sellears

Subs: Sykes, Melaugh Unused: Anderson, Young, Wright Scorers: Miller, Auger, Suarez


2011 Eastwood Town 3 BSFC 4 – Conference North

Wright, Jones, Prestedge, Shulton, Francis, Craig, Cole, Abdullahi, Gayle, Bakare, Dadson

Subs: Hahn, Gaisie Unused: Jeffries, Quainoo, Read Scorers: Craig, Gayle (2), Bakare


2008 Maidenhead United 3 BSFC 2 – Conference South

Hasler, Jones, Koko, Mason, Goodacre, King, Okojie, Hopkins, Wixon, Harris, Dean

Subs: Howell, Champion, Hyem Unused: Essandoh, Taylor Scorers: Harris, Dean


2003 St Albans City 3 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Addai, Allman, Gwillim, Rainford, Cooper, Barnett, Langer, Southam, Renner, Neil, William Subs: Essandoh Unused: McKeown, Wiltshire, Black, Hayward Scorers: Rainford, Southam


1997 BSFC 3 Walton & Hersham 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

King, Fox, Jordan, Walker, Shuttlewood, Greaves, Wardley, Sedgwick, Adekola, Cooper, Comerford Subs Unused: Dean, Pike, Thomas Scorers: Walker, Adekola, Comerford


1989 Collier Row 1 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Cup 1st Round

Taylor, Jackman, Harrigan, Hopkins, Tamblyn-Jones, Barnett, Bedford, Ryan, Hardwick, Gayle, Young Subs: Dobson Unused: Forey Scorers: Bedford, Young


1986 BSFC 0 Hayes 0 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Wickenden, Templeton, Tomkins, Hull, Cassidy, Fletcher, Nunn, Hardy, Weddell, Newbury Subs Unused: Birtles, Hopkins


1983 Billericay Town 3 BSFC 2 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Jacobs, Wickenden, Brown, Smith, Elley, Hopkins, Avery, Brooks, Armsby, Jennings, Luque

Sub: Lawrence Scorers: Hopkins, Jennings


1980 Epsom & Ewell 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Moore, Smith, Brown, Blackman, Cooper, Avery, Mitchell, Knapman, Radford, Sullivan, Simmonds Sub Unused: Worrell Scorer: Radford


1977 Barking 5 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Dickinson, Moore, Searey, Chattaway, Tuddenham, Oakley, Coe, Jenkins, Simmons, Swann, Thake Sub Unused: Melvin Scorer: Tuddenham


1975 BSFC 1 Slough Town 0 – Isthmian League Division 1

Kitson, Harris, Davis, Flack, Clarke, Mulkern, Leakey, Clarke, MacKenzie, Watson, Brown

Sub Unused: Springham Scorer: MacKenzie


1973 BSFC 2 Histon 0 – East Anglian Cup 1st Round

Moore, Gibson, Coombes, Payne, Smith, Dent, Leakey, Greene, Bass, Lawrence, Scott

Sub Unused: Tone Scorers: Bass, Scott


1969 BSFC 1 Hendon 2 FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying

Cherry, Mitchell, King, Gough, Neeves, Hewitt, Whyte, C Duggan, Devaux, Moss, P Duggan

Sub: ??? Scorer: Moss


1958 Aveley 3 BSFC 2 – Delphian League

Fox, Lloyd, Atkinson, Hanley, Newman, Williams, Adamson, Yates, Horton, Rolph, Wacey Scorer: Horton, Yates


1952 BSFC 1 Tufnell Park 0 – FA Amateur Cup 1st Round Qualifying

Kerridge, Dady, Halladay, Lambert, Cox, Dellow, Massett, Yates, Brown Johnson, Giles

Scorer: Johnson


1947 BSFC 5 Briggs Sports 2 – Spartan League Premier Division

Sullivan, T Brooks, Bradford, Graham, Cook, F Brooks, Giles, Lambert, Verimiglio, Yates, Turner Scorers: F Brooks, Lambert, Verimiglio, Yates, Turner


1941 BSFC 3 Army XI 4 – Friendly


1930 Hertford Town 3 BSFC 2 – FA Cup Preliminary Round

Vasey, Spring, Freeman, I Lawrence, Chapman, Mayes, H Lawrence, Haylock, Badcock, White, Deemer   Scorers: White, Badcock


1928 Finchley 4 BSFC 0 – FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay