Enfield trip for Blues
Tuesday evening sees Blues make the short trip to north London to face Enfield Town,
In common with Saturdayâ€™s opponents Dorking, it will be another name that will be familiar to Blues fans, but not the club they regularly played in our Isthmian days.
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 â€œtemporaryâ€ 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. And despite a poor season, crowds in 2017/18 were still 405.
While it will be the clubs’ first league meeting, 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.
Enfield opened their league season with a 3-2 win at Folkestone Invicta as they came back from 2-1 down to win with two late goals.
The E’s won four of their five full-length pre-season games beating Wembley 3-0, AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2-1, Oxford United’s youth team 6-1 and Hendon 3-1, while going down 2-1 against Spurs under-21s. They also played in a three-team tournament at Cheshunt drawing 1-1 with the hosts and losing 2-1 against AFC Hornchurch in 60 minute games.