Blues look for final spot

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Blues will look to reach the Isthmian League Cup final for the first time since 1989 when they travel to Enfield Town, on Tuesday.

Stortford won the competition with a 1-0 victory against Farnborough in a truly aweful final 30 years ago but will be without the cup tied trio of Luke Callander, Ben Sampayo and Ryan Henshaw as they aim to repeat last week’s 2-1 league victory against the E’s.

Ben Worman and Jamie Cureton were on target in that victory, and it saw the Blues gain revenge for August’s loss by the same scoreline, Lewis Dark scoring the Stortford goal.

Town put that loss at the ProKit UK Stadium behind them with a 3-1 win against Burgess Hill Town on Saturday to move up to sixth spot with 47 points from 30 games.

They reached the last four of the Velocity Trophy with single goal wins against Canvey Island, Ware and Lowestoft Town before beating Burgess Hill 4-1 in the quarter-final..

The winner of Tuesday’s tie will face either AFC Hornchurch or Bracknell Town in the final.

The E’s FA Cup hopes were ended at the first hurdle with a surprise 3-0 home loss against Bedford Town and their FA Trophy run was equally brief with a 2-1 defeat at Basingstoke Town.

Town were formed in 2001 as a fan-led breakaway from the now defunct Enfield FC after it became clear that their owner was never taking the club back to north London following the sale of Southbury Road and a “temporary” ground share at Boreham Wood. After two titles and two top four finished in four Essex Senior League seasons, they spent a year in the Southern League and have spent the last 12 seasons in the Isthmian – the first six in Division One North followed by as many in the Premier Division.

Last season saw the E’s finish 17th in Bostik Premier with 56 points from 46 games, while a six game FA Cup run saw them bow out in a home fourth qualifying round replay against Maidstone United last season but the FA Trophy saw them go out at the first hurdle against Royston Town.

They play at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium which is opposite the old home of Enfield FC and is about as good as an athletics stadium can be for staging football. While it is the first season the clubs have met in league action, Blues did take time off from traipsing around the north in 2012/13 to win 4-1 in north London in the FA Cup thanks partly to a sparkling Ricky Sappleton display.

Author: Dave Ryan