Grays return to league action on Saturday when thy entertain Maldon and Tiptree at Parkside. The Jammers have made a positive start to the season currently sitting 2nd in the table, in their last league game they came out on top against one of the promotion favourites and local rivals Heybridge Swifts 3-2. The previous Saturday they suffered a 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup away to Haverhill Rovers, leading for most of the tie they succumbed to two late goals in the 79th and 93 rd minute.
Jammers feature in their squad ex Spurs ,Bournemouth and Southampton striker Lee Barnard who joined the club from Chelmsford City after a loan period last season. They recently signed Australian keeper Dominic Kurasik on loan from Colchester United with whom the club has a close association.
Blues after a positive start have stuttered in their last two games going out of the FA Cup with a toothless display against FC Romania and then going down to landlords Aveley 3-1 , leading 1-0 the Millers came back strongly as Blues wilted under pressure conceding late in the game. Jamie Stuart will be looking to his players to put the two defeats behind him and get their season back on track.
Past encounters have seen honours shared of the nine games played their have been three draws and three wins apiece. The corresponding fixture last season saw the team fight out a 2-2 draw ,the Jammers led 2-0 with goals from James Shepherd and Joe Ellul, Stan Muguo and Tommy Wade replying late in the game for Blues.