Blues look to open 2019 with a win
Blues will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they host third placed Kingstonian, kick-off 3pm.
The game will see a clash of two of the Bostik League’s top scorers, with Jamie Cureton looking to add to his tally of 14 when he faces former Blues’ hero Elliott Buchanan who has netted nine times this season.
Buchanan had a sparkling 2015/16 season with Stortford, winning the Vanarama South goalscoring award thanks to a 28-goal haul, and lifted all three Blues’ player-of-the-year awards at the end of the campaign.
Unproductive spells at Margate and Chelmsford City followed before he spent last season in the Bostik League with Staines Town.
Two of Cureton’s league leading goal were scored when the sides met in September, but although Buchanan was again scoreless against his former club, his current employers won 3-2 with a 95th winner from Tommy Brewer.
That goal ended the the managerial reign of Adam Flint, with Steve Smith and Cureton taking over the following day.
K’s goalless draw against Mertsham on New Year’s Day sawthem jump two spots in the Bostik Premier table and are now five places and four points ahead of Blues with 38 points from 23 games.
Having spent heavily in the summer, the K’s were expected to challenge for the title this season, but they started slowly, taking only four points from their first six games and went out of the FA Cup with a loss against Hastings United and exited the League Cup following a penalty shoot-out loss against Bracknell Town. They also went out of the FA Trophy with a 3-2 replay loss at Bedford Town despite Buchanan scoring in bot games.
That loss at King George’s Field was the first time Stortford had faced the K’s in a league game, and the years haven’t been kind to the Surrey side.
Having agreed a groundshare with AFC Wimbledon, they subsequently became tenants in their own ground which has now been sold to Chelsea as the Wombles return to their home town. A messy groundshare with Leatherhead didn’t really work out last season, and they have now entered in a long-term deal with Corinthian-Casuals.
The league meetings in 2003/4 saw Blues take four points with a 1-1 draw at Kingsmeadow before we won the return 2-1 in front of a 489 crowd. Blues also won 2-0 at Kingsmeadow in the FA Trophy that season, and as we moved up to the newly formed Conference South we repeated the trick the following year with a 3-2 win in the same competition.
Last season saw K’s comfortable in mid-table, exiting the Cup at the second stage with a 3-0 home loss against Brackley while in the Trophy they followed up replay wins against Thurrock and Ashford Town (Middx) with a 5-1 hammering at Heybridge Swifts