League Cup trip for Blues

Blues will look to progress to the last eight of the Isthmian League Cup on Tuesday when they travel to Wingate & Finchley, kick-off 7.45pm
Stortford won the competition in 1989 and  will be hoping to seal a trip to Mersham in the quarter-final.
Last week’s surprise 2-0 home loss against Harlow Town saw them drop down to 18th place in the Bostik Premier with 21 points from 19 games.
Having gone out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle with a home loss against Didcott Town, they have saved their best performances for the FA Trophy where wins against Sittingbourne and Tiverton were followed up by a home replay victory against Chippenham Town put them in the first round proper and they provided one of the shocks of the round with a 2-0 home win against National League South side Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday.
Wingate defeated Mildenhall Town and Bowers & Pitsea to reach the last 16 of the league cup, while Blues knocked out Hertford Town and Tilbury to progress.
It will be the second meeting of the season between the two sides as a 90th minute Alfie Mason winner gave Blues a 3-2 win when the teams met at the ProKit UK Stadium in early October. Jamie Cureton looked to have given Blues all three points with a first half brace, but Wingate scored twice after the break before Mason’s last minute heroics.
The clubs’ only previous competitive meetings came 19 years ago when Blues drew 1-1 at the newly-opened Woodside Park in the FA Cup second qualifying round before losing 3-2 in the replay.
Now firmly established as an Isthmian Premier side, Wingate will have the honour of hosting the Blue Brazil in a league game for the first time this season. While successive top ten finishes have helped the other Blues’, crowds at The Maurice Rebak Stadium remain disappointing with a league-low average of 158, including an attendance of just 95 for August’s game against Folkestone.