Despite defeat at Stevenage on Saturday, recent home wins against Carlisle, Mansfield and Grimsby have propelled us up to 11th in the League Two standings.
Colchester make the trip North currently in 20th place, seven points from safety having won one of their previous 16 fixtures.
Since We Last Met
It was The U's that came out on top in October's first meeting between the sides after two goals in three minutes proved too much to come back from, despite Jon Stead halving the deficit.
Wins over Stevenage, Southend and Leyton Orient soon followed for Steve Ball's side, though a run of 13 games without a win saw the 51-year-old depart at the end of last month.
Since former Maldon & Tiptree Boss Wayne Brown took interim charge, the U's have shown positive signs, collecting maximum points against Carlisle United last Tuesday.
The Man in Charge
Brown, played for the U's between 2004 and 2007 and most recently coached the U23s squad before his appointment at Maldon & Tiptree.
The former centre half played for a number of clubs including Ipswich Town, Watford, Hull City and Leicester City before hanging up his boots in 2011 to focus on coaching.
Ones to Watch
Leading the U's goalscoring charts this term is Callum Harriot with eight League Two strikes adding to his tally of five assists. The Guyana international is a product of the Charlton Athletic academy and re-signed for Colchester from Reading in September 2019.
Behind Harriot on seven league goals is midfielder Jevani Brown a former Jamaica youth international with a grounding in non-league football at the likes of Kettering and St Neots Town.
A long-time member of the Football League for most of their existence, Colchester have found themselves in League Two since relegation in 2016.
They did though spend two years in the Championship between 2006 and 2008, achieving a highest finish of 10th place before being relegated to League One after the 2007/08 season.
While Joe Cracknell and Mitch Roberts remain longer term absentees, there is more positive news regarding Connor Hall, who is edging closer to full fitness having missed the last two fixtures with a hamstring problem.
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