Blues return to action at Parkside tomorrow when they entertain AFC Sudbury hoping to repeat not only the result but the manner of the win in the corresponding fixture last November. Blues came back from a two goal deficit to win 3-2 with a powerful and pacy performance that blew away their younger opponents, the win coming in the middle of Blues unbeaten run that month.
The Suffolk men currently lie in sixth place with forty-six points just twelve off the play off positions, they could conceivably catch teams above them but it would take a dramatic collapse from the current occupiers of the play off places above them for this to happen but as they say football is a funny old game so anything is possible. Mark Morsley's team have proved durable throughout the campaign with some notable victories the latest being a 3-0 home win over Canvey and a 4-0 win at Basildon United, sandwiched between these results was a 5-1 reverse at home to promotion chasing Maldon & Tiptree. Their leading marksman is Callum Harrison with thirteen goals.
Jim Cooper takes charge of his third game at the helm and has already made his mark deciding to dispense with the services of Charlie Allen and Kieran Bishop earlier in the week. He has also strengthened his coaching staff recruiting the services of Chris Bourne from Aveley who joins as player coach. Cooper quickly recognised Blues defensive weaknesses reacting quickly adding Craig Stone on loan from Tonbridge Angels who acquitted himself well in last weeks draw at Dereham and Macauley Joynes from Great Wakering. Blues should have a full strength squad available with Mitch Hahn back after a one match suspension , the only possible doubt is Ryan Mahal who will probably face a fitness test.