Its derby day again tomorrow when Blues entertain their high flying landlords Aveley at Parkside in a rearranged fixture postponed from Boxing Day. Earlier in the season Millers ran out 3-1 winners after coming back from a goal behind. The game takes on added significance for both clubs with the Millers looking to maintain their promotion push and Blues looking to keep in touch with the playoff places.
The Millers are enjoying one of their most successful seasons in recent years currently sitting in fourth place with 43 points from their twenty matches but crucially have two games in hand on rivals above them. Manager James Webster has made a number of quality signings including keeper David Hughes, and Alex Akrofi , in third place in the league's goal scoring chart with eleven goals closely followed by Tom Richardson and Andrew Freeman with ten apiece. Last Saturday Millers were held by bottom club Dereham Town coming away from Norfolk with a 1-1 draw their third in the last six matches but crucialy have lost only one during that period.
Blues mixed start to 2019 continued last Saturday going down by the odd goal to Witham Town, after an encouraging first half they lost their way in the second which was all the more frustrating following the previous weeks gritty display at Maldon & Tiptree earning them a creditable 2-2 draw. No doubt they will be eager to put the Witham result behind them and test themselves against one of the title favourites, certainly on their day Blues are a match for any team in this league so it promises to be a night to look forward to for both sets of supporters.