Blues to host in-form Moorsiders

BLUES face a big week as they aim to move back into play-off contention with a pair of home games.

A 3-0 win at Burgess Hill Town on Saturday moved them within six points of fifth place, and they host Mertsham on Saturday (3pm) before Enfield Town are the visitors on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Mertsham are the in-form team in the Bostik Premier with 23 points from their last ten games, a run that has moved them up to fourth in the table with 44 points from 26 games.

But their league cup dreams were ended a couple of weeks ago when Blues travelled to the Specsavers Stadium as debutant keeper Artur Janata saved a pair of penalties in a shoot-out after Haaroon Belaid’s first goal from Stortford had sealed a 1-1 draw.

The honours were also even when Blues travelled to the same game in October as a late Isaac Nkosi goal salvaged a point for the visitors.

In common with Blues the Moorsiders made a quick exit from the FA Cup, drawing twice with Cray Valley PM before going out on penalties while in the Trophy they won 2-0 at home against East Grinstead Town before losing by the same score at Salisbury.

After 116 years in local and county football, the Moatsiders joined the Isthmian League a decade ago and are now in their fourth season in the Premier Division. A difficult 2017/18 campaign saw them slip down to 18th place, with crowds down to an average of 182. They suffered early exits in both FA competitions, losing to Tooting & Mitcham at the first stage of the Cup and Sittingbourne in the Trophy.