E’s in town on Tuesday

Blues will look to build on Saturday’s victory against in-form Mertsham when they host Enfield Town on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

The game against will be a dress rehearsal for the following week’s league cup semi-final in north London, and it will see Steve Smith’s side up against another play-off contender.

Saturday’s 4-0 win against Margate saw the E’s move within a point the play-offs and they sit in sixth with 44 points from 28 games.

Three of those points came in August when Blues went down 2-1 at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium despite a late Lewis Dark goal.

Former Blues goalkeeper Joe Wright and midfielder Matt Johnson – who netted trice in the space of three minutes on Saturday – were in the side for August’s game and are likely to line up against their old club.

The E’s FA Cup hopes were ended at the first hurdle with a surprise 3-0 home loss against Bedford Town and their FA Trophy run was equally brief with a 2-1 defeat at Basingstoke Town.

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 “temporary” 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. While it is the first season the clubs have met in league action, 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.