The two oldest senior clubs meet tomorrow evening, Wednesday, at Parkside for what is always the most anticipated local derby for both sets of fans. Matches have always been keenly contested over the years, back in the thirties through to the fifties games were traditionally played over the Xmas period especially on Xmas day with huge crowds in attendance as can be seen in our match day programme detailing the Blues home meetings going back to 1903. For sure league form is never a guide to the outcome where bragging rights for supporters is just as important as league points or Cup progress!
The Dockers have made steady progress under the stewardship of Mark Harrison attracting quality players in their search for promotion to the BetVictor Premier league. Latest signing Lewis Smith released by near neighbours East Thurrock made a bitter sweet debut on Saturday in the 1-1 draw with our landlords Aveley scoring on his return but then suffered a broken arm needing a visit to hospital, we wish him a speedy recovery. The Dockers have made a steady start to the season with two wins a draw and two defeats from their five games and currently lie in ninth place with seven points.
Blues continued their bright start to the season with a 3-2 win over a much improved Soham Town Rangers , after taking the lead with a stunning goal from Joao Carlos his 98th in Blues colours they were stunned by a Rangers comeback scoring twice and with twenty minutes to go it looked like they were heading for defeat . A tactical change by Jim Cooper led to a fight back with Tony Stokes coming up with the winner to steal the points. It's an important few days for the Blues with an FA Cup match at Kingstonian next Sunday but more important are the three points on offer, if they can emerge victorious they continue their promotion push.