Brightlingsea trip for Blues

Blues will look to make three straight wins when they visit Brightlingsea Regent, on Saturday.
It was be the first time the sides have met in a league game although Rod Stringer did take a team of trialists to North Road four years ago, going down 1-0.
Having been formed by 2005 a merger of youth side Regent Park Rangers and Brightlingsea United who had dropped out of senior football, they have made quick progress up the football pyramid but found their first season at step 3 tough going, finishing 20th with 48 points from 36 games and exiting the FA Cup at the first hurdle against Hanwell Town.
The vagueries of the Bostik League fixture list means Regent didn’t play on Boxing Day, but last Saturday’s 2-1 win at AFC Hornchurch moved them up to 17th spot with 25 points from 20 games. In contrast to last season, they enjoyed success in both FA competitions beating Cambridge City and Egham Town by single goals in the Cup before losing 3-0 at home against Torquay United, while in the FA Trophy they defeated Canvey Island and AFC Hornchurch before losing a home replay against Hayes & Yeading United.
After seeing their crowds up 42 percent to an average of 215 last season, the people of Brightlingsea seem to have lost a bit of interest this campaign with a 32 percent drop to 146, although there was 470 at the Torquay games.