Young Blues look for cup glory
While this will be Blues second appearance in the second round, Morgan LaForce’s side will be aiming to seal a home tie against either Shrewsbury Town or Crewe Alexander in the last 64.
Kick off at the Western Homes Community Stadium is at 7.15pm, with admission priced at £7 adult, £5 concessions/under-18, £3 under-14, £1 under-eight.
This is only the third time that Blues have reached the competition proper. In1975 we lost 1-0 at Ipswich Town in the first round while in 2009/10 we went one better by reaching the second round before losing 2-1 at MK Dons after our first win against Clapton had been featured on the BBC website.
While Blues had to win four away ties to reach the competition proper where they beat Boreham Wood in extra time, Colchester were exempt until the first round where they fought back from 3-0 down to win 5-4 at home against Cheshunt. United are eighth in the ten-team Professional Development League South Division with ten points from 12 games, and went down 2-0 against leaders Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The majority of the Blues’ squad for Monday’s game were part of the team which won the Eastern Junior Alliance under-16 section last year – their third successive EJAL title having previously won the under-14 and under-15s sections. They are currently top of the Suffolk under-18 Division. Their success hasn’t been confined to league titles, having won the League Cup last year as well Herts County Cup on two occasions. Most of tonight’s squad have been together since under-13 level – although it also includes some of the players from Blues’ Mid Herts Premier League side – and many of them have represented the club at AFA representative , Herts County level as well as playing in the Adidas UK under-17 Championship.
Several of the squad have already played for Blues’ under-21 side, and we have already seen two of that side – Callum Taylor and Marcus Crowther.- make their first team debuts, while Alfie Mason – who scored the two extra time goals against Boreham Wood in the first round – has also signed first team forms.