Blues look for cup progress

Baldock Town are the visitors to the ProKit UK Stadium on Tuesday as Blues look to progress to the last eight of the Herts Senior Cup.

Kick off is 7.45pm and admission has been reduced to £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

It will be the first meeting between the Blues Brazil and current Baldock Town, but the original version of the Reds were the final visitors to Rhodes Avenue in December 1997 as Stortford won a hastily arranged friendly 2-0.

Despite protests which saw fans of the club bring the centre of Baldock to a standstill one Friday afternoon, the club lost their Norton Road ground in 2001 and were forced to resign from the Southern League and fold. Their final game saw them beat Ware 3-0 at St Albans to win their Herts Senior Cup. The current club were formed in 2003, and they have worked their way through park and county league football before winning promotion to the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division last season. A nomadic existence has seen them play at Hitchin Town, Lethchworth, Norton Road (which is now a caged 3G facility, unsuited to senior football) and Stofold, and they now ground share at Arlesey Town.

The have made a quiet start to life in step 5 with. The Reds seemed to have saved their best performances for the FA Vase where they progressed through three rounds before losing in extra time at Stowmarket, while in the FA Cup they won 5-0 at Ipswich Wanderers before going down 3-2 at Romford. They have also progressed in both of the SSML cups, and while Blues were winning on penalties against Welwyn Garden City in the first round of the county cup they received a bye.