Next up for Blues is a trip to promotion chasing Heybridge Swifts on Saturday where they will be looking to extend their current unbeaten run to seven games. The Swifts suffered a setback last Saturday when they were beaten 4-1 at Barking, Blues must therefore guard against a possible backlash following that defeat. Back in December the teams were separated by a Matt Price goal in the 26th minute Blues playing with ten men after Adalberto Pinto was dismissed on the stroke of half time.
Julian Dicks men have an impressive home record at the Aspen Waite arena with just the one defeat in 15 games. Last weeks defeat at Barking followed a 0-0 home draw to a rejuvenated great Wakering Rovers making it two games without a win and given Swifts previous form represents a rare barren spell . Mathew Price with fifteen goals and Harrison Chatting with ten are their danger, men no doubt these two will be champing at the bit to get their team back to winning ways.
Blues will be full of confidence after an encouraging win against a young AFC Sudbury outfit last week played out under appalling weather conditions but credit must go to both sides with the quality of football on offer providing good entertainment for the fans. Jim Cooper continues to assess his squad having identified the defence as an area that needed attention. Clearly you can see Cooper's influence and football philosophy in Blues play at this early stage of his time at the helm now employing a more measured and patient approach in contrast to the previous direct style. The loan signing of Craig Stone has brought a steadying influence at the back which should prove vital over the closing weeks of the season. Blues should have a full squad to choose from tomorrow in a game that will test their resolve against the promotion hopefuls .