Blast from the past

Andrew Cornell looks back at Blues’ games on March 17th


All recent games on this date have been away with long trips to Eastbourne, Workington and in 2015 Bath for league games.

The trip to Bath saw a largely uneventful first half and mostly a midfield battle with neither side able to gain a strong foothold on proceedings. In the 11th minute the Romans’ Phil Walsh sent a through ball down the middle for the tall Nick McCootie to chase and collect but James Bransgrove did well to close down the striker and force him to run along the edge of the area and eventually the danger passed. A minute later at the other end skipper Joe Tabiri, who was to have a very good match, set up Ashley Miller to cut in towards goal from the right but City stopper Jason Mellor came out to block at Miller’s feet.


In the 17th minute a menacing attack by the hosts saw McCootie and Chas Hemmings link and when the latter crossed inside Andy Watkins fired wide of Bransgrove’s left upright from 15 yards. Adam Bailey-Dennis was shown his first yellow card of the night for a challenge on Ben Adelsbury in the 25th minute. Then shortly afterwards a free-kick from just outside the box taken by Chris Allen was deflected off the defensive wall for a corner.


Bobby-Joe Taylor was lively particularly before the break whilst Mikel Suarez worried the hosts’ player with his aerial strength nodding the ball into spaces but the Blues made few openings.

A minute from the break Bobby-Joe Taylor’s speed almost took him clear to threaten Jason Mellor’s goal but Bath skipper Andy Gallinagh managed to shepherd the ball back to his keeper.


City had a half chance to take the lead within a minute of the restart as Nick McCootie slipped the ball for Andy Watkins to advance into the box but the forward overran the ball and James Bransgrove dropped to hold on to it. Then Dan Ball tried a long distance attempt that Bransgrove held comfortably.


The Blues winning goal came in the 51st minute. There didn’t seem a great deal of danger to the hosts as they had plenty of players back when Stortford built up an attack. But when Ben Marlow fed the ball out to Sheldon Sellears on the right wing the Blues’ leading goalscorer sent a waist high cross into the box which evaded keeper Mellor. The ball fell to Bailey-Dennis who was beyond the far post and the defender calmly despatched a cushioned side-foot volley into the far corner of the net.


Bobby-Joe Taylor, in space at the angle of the box, delivered a fierce shot high and wide in the 57th minute and at the other end on the hour Nick McCootie’s effort with a shot on the turn from the edge of the area was held by James Bransgrove.


In the 62nd minute the Blues’ goalscorer made a tackle from behind on Andy Watkins and Referee Steven Plane raised the second yellow card at the Blues’ player on loan from Bromley. City almost immediately made a double substitution with one of the replacements, Ross Stearn, causing Stortford the most worries in the time up to the final whistle.

Almost as soon as he had come on Stearn whipped in a cross from the right that Ben Adelsbury headed narrowly wide of the far upright and then when he took a free-kick outside the box the ball deflected off the defensive wall and finished on the roof of the net. Stearn also struck a shot from distance that was only inches over the bar.

Stortford’s defence with dealing well with the pressure from the home side and in a rare foray upfield, in the 80th minute, substitute Greg Pearson almost connected in the box with a long free-kick from James Brangrove.


Invariably held up at the edge of the area by Stortford’s defence City’s threat petered out with them failing to impose any problems in the remaining time which included an added five minutes.


2015 Bath City 0 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Bransgrove, Miller, Lee, Hayles, Bailey-Dennis, Allen, Sellears, Tabiri, Suarez, Marlow, Taylor Subs: Pearson, Merrifield Not Used: McCall, Fagbohun, Peters   Scorer: Bailey-Dennis


2012 Workington 1 BSFC 1 – Conference North

Archer, Lampe, Dunbar, Abdullahi, Francis, Anderson, Gayle, Johnson, Sappleton, Prestedge, Mealaugh Subs: Pavett, Lettejallow, Craig Not Used: Shulton, Jones Scorer: Sappleton


2007 Eastbourne Borough 2 BSFC 1 – Conference South

Young, Patten, Jones, Porter, Goodacre, Gillman, Lockett, Mason, Turner, Morgan, Fuller

Subs: Midson, Pearson Not Used: Stanbrook, Ward, Wright Scorer: Lockett


2001 Bedford Town 3 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Division 1

Desborough, Risley, Kimble, Taylor, Fannon, Kyriacou, Hercules, Southam, John, Paul, Braham Subs: Hayes, Endersby, Salako Scorer: Paul


1994 BSFC 2 Saffron Walden Town 0 – Eastern Floodlight Competition

Mallett, Woolston, P Munn, Sedgwick, Baxter, R Munn, Stevens, White, Hollamby, Lambe, Ingielewicz Subs: Macciochi, Quinn Scorers: Baxter, Hollamby


1992 BSFC 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 2 – Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final

Taylor, C White, Sailsman, Edmonds, Bedford, Harrigan, Milbourne, Radford, Pritchard, Petrou, N White Subs: Smith Unused: Jackman Scorer: ??????


1990 BSFC 0 Slough Town 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Taylor, Jackman, Risley, Hopkins, Tamblyn-Jones, Went, Bedford, Ryan, Young, Neal, Manderson Subs: Keune, Spence


1984 Bromley 1 BSFC 1 – Isthmian League Premier Division

Welsh, Wickenden, Luque, Smith, Hull, Robb, Avery, Hopkins, Hughes, Brooks, Mercer

Sub Not Used: Elley Scorer: Robb


1979 BSFC 0 Harrow Borough 2 – Isthmian League Cup Division 1

Carrick, Coakley, Bradford, Smith, Droy, Blackman, Doyle, Eason, Ferry, Reading, Todd

Sub Unused: Carvill


1973 BSFC 3 Hertford Town 1 – Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final

Wiseman, Davenport, Combes, Mitchell, Still, Lawrence, Leakey, Francis, Scott, Smith, Dear

Sub Unused: Davidson Scorers: Mitchell, Scott (2)


1970 BSFC 2 Walton & Hersham 2 – Athenian League Premier Division

Cherry, Mitchell, King, Pettipher, Neeves, Hill, Whyte, Duggan, Devaux, Allaway, Slater

Sub Unused: Gough Scorers: Pettipher, Whyte


1962 Brentwood & Warley 0 BSFC 3 – Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round

Fox, Yell, Atkinson, Pope, Neeves, Wilson, Welch, Hollow, Gough, Smith, Francis

Scorers: Yell, Smith (2)


1956 Wembley 4 BSFC 1 – Delphian League

Sullivan, Duncan, Stone, Lloyd, Carter, Hanley, Simmonds, Yates, Horton, Hussey, Burridge Scorer: Simmonds


1951 BSFC 4 Upminster 1 – Spartan League Division 1

Richardson, Wilkins, Bradford, Lambert, Hubbuck, Giles, Whittaker, Barker, Brown, Yates, Ewers Scorers: Whittaker, Brown (2), Ewers


1945 BSFC 3 RAF XI 7 – Saffron Walden Charity Cup Semi-Final


1934 Aylesbury United 7 BSFC 1 – Spartan League Division 1

Vasey, Johnson, Freeman, Burt, Balaam, Little, Bass, Scott, Pike, Bloyce, Underdown

Scorer: Pike


1923 BSFC 1 Tuffnell Park Strollers 2 – Friendly