Blues v Hornets – we’ve met before

Ahead of tonight’s quarter-final of thec ounty cup at the ProKit UK Stadium, we look back at previous games against Watford.

Our most recent meeting with came during 2016 in the first round of the Herts Senior Cup. As usual Watford fielded a team of less than first team strength although they might have misjudged Blues strength on this occasion.

The hosts started brightly and took the lead in the ninth minute when Watford keeper Andrew Thomas somehow spilled a routine catch from Aaron Green’s cross and dropped the ball over the line.

Things went from bad to worse for the unfortunate youngster in the Watford goal, and he was lucky not to see red in the 15th minute when he brought down the advancing Green. Referee Anthony Serrano – who had an excellent game – showed leniency and showed only a yellow card, and Dean Morgan hit a well-taken spot kick for his second goal in as many games.


Blues looked in control for the next 20 minutes but the visitors pulled a goal back when Elliott Ronto fouled a visiting forward in the box, and Ogo Obi netted from the penalty spot.


Freddie Moncur forced a brilliant save from Thomas and Evans Kouassi blazed over as Blues finished the first half strongly but the third goal came five minutes after the break when Michael Richens, Moncur and Kouassi combined well before the latter’s cross turned into his own net by Watford’s Stevens.


Femi Akinwande twice went close to extending the lead and both Richens and Johnny Herd also had good chances as Blues piled on the pressure.


Any doubts about the result were ended in the 86th minute when Akinwande slid the ball past Thomas from close range.


The scoring was wrapped up as the game entered injury time with Ronto hit a powerful drive from 20 yards that Thomas could only get a hand to.


We have twice played the Hornets in the final of this competition, in 1976 when we won at Hitchin 3-1 and in 1989 when a strong Watford side won 5-1 at Rhodes Avenue.


04/05/76 BSFC 3 Watford 1 Herts Senior Cup final
10/08/76 BSFC 0 Watford 3 Friendly
06/04/82 Watford 2 BSFC 0 Herts Senior Cup semi-final
14/08/84 BSFC 2 Watford 1 Friendly
13/03/86 Watford 2 BSFC 1 Herts Senior Cup 2nd round
08/03/88 Watford 2 BSFC 0 Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final
19/04/89 BSFC 1 Watford 5 Herts Senior Cup Final
16/03/93 BSFC 2 Watford 3 Herts Senior Cup Semi-Final
01/11/99 Watford 2 BSFC 2 Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round
04/01/00 BSFC 1 Watford 2 Herts Senior Cup 2nd Rd Replay
06/01/04 BSFC 3 Watford 3 Herts Senior Cup 3rd Round
04/08/04 BSFC 2 Watford 3 Friendly
08/11/11 BSFC 4 Watford 1 Herts Senior Cup 1st Round
06/12/16 BSFC 5 Watford 1 Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round


Home 6 2 1 3 16 15
Away 4 0 1 3 3 8
Neutral 1 1 0 0 3 1
Total 11 3 2 6 22 24