Tomorrow Saturday 17th November sees Blues back at Parkside where they entertain Dereham Town in a Bostik North League fixture. They will be full of confidence after registering an impressive 2-1 win last Saturday on the Suffolk coast against Felixstowe & Walton. In contrast the Magpies suffered a 3-2 reverse at home to Maldon & Tiptree after leading 2-0 at half time. Blues will be hoping there will not be a repeat of last seasons corresponding match when the Magpies came away from Parkside with a 6-1 win!
The visitors experienced an opening day nightmare on their last visit to Parkside going down 6-0 to Blues landlords Aveley but then followed that up in the next game with a creditable 4-2 home win against big spending Coggeshall Town . Magpies season so far can be summed up in one word, inconsistency, having recorded some notable wins these were counterbalanced by disappointing losses against lesser opposition,. A record of five wins and seven defeats speaks for itself. The current league table sees them lying in eleventh place with fifteen points . David Beaumont is their current leading league goalscorer with five goals.
Blues go into the game having suffered just the one defeat in their last eight league matches.Last Saturdays win at Felixstowe was a real test of character which they came through with flying colours producing a professional all round team performance. A scintillating first half was matched by a gritty second. Withstanding early pressure from the home side and despite conceding a goal just after the break they remained resilient to record the win which could have been by a greater margin having been denied a clear third goal by poor officiating. The return of Kieran Bishop (with two goals in two games ) and Tommy Wade has added bite to the attack and with Joao Carlos back to his effervescent best, already exceeding his goal tally from last season Blues look a real potent force going forward. New signing Charlie Allen has added experience and guile to the midfield and could make his home debut tomorrow.
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