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Colchester Preview - A trip to Essex is next!

14 October 2021

Match Previews

Colchester Preview - A trip to Essex is next!

14 October 2021

Town are on their travels this weekend to take on Colchester United and are looking to build on the resounding 6-1 home win against Scunthorpe a week.

The victory - the biggest ever as an EFL side - saw Simon Weaver's side entrench their position in the top three in League Two and closed the gap on leaders Forest Green to a single point.

Our opponents

Colchester come into the game in 20th position on 10 points, having won twice and drawn four of their first 10 games.

Saturday's opponents have conceded only 11 goals to date, have netted seven times and have failed to find the net in their last four games since a 3-2 win at Barrow in mid-September.

This season is the 85th in the club's history and marks the sixth consecutive season competing at League Two level.

Having finished in 20th position a season ago Haydn Mullins was appointed as permanent manager after taking the reigns on a temporary basis late in the season

Luke Chambers and Luke Hannan joined the club over the summer and United also captured the experienced Alan Judge as well as Franck Nouble and Freddie Sears, both of whom had previous spells with the club.

The U's did lose captain Harry Pell, however, as he joined League One side Accrington Stanley.

Last season

The spoils were shared in 2020/21 with each side winning their home fixture. In late October Town were downed 2-1 with Jon Stead's netting a consolation following Callum Harriott and Ben Stevenson's strikes shortly after the break.

In the return game Town ran out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Mark Beck, Will Smith and Josh McPake.

Ones to watch

31-year old Sears has found the back of the net three times since his arrival from Ipswich Town whilst Nouble is a player who can operate anywhere along the front line.

Judge, another ex-Ipswich man, should be a key part of the U's midfield alongside Brendan Sarpong-Wire and Cole Skuse.

Shamal George has had a strong first quarter of the season in goal behind a defence that has remained solid for the large part.

The man in charge

The club are managed by Mullins, who in a playing career made over 600 appearances for Crystal Palace, West Ham, Portsmouth, Birmingham and Notts County.

After a coaching stint at Watford, which included a spell in charge as interim manager, Mullins joined the U's coaching staff for the start of the 2020/21 season as an assistant to Steve Ball and then Wayne Brown after Ball was dismissed. Mullins took the reigns himself in late March after Brown departed.

Recent history

A long-time member of the Football League for most of their existence, Colchester have found themselves in League Two since suffering relegation from League One 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.

Their all-time appearance holder is Micky Cook, who featured over 600 times for the club in the 1970's and early 1980's, whilst Tony Adcock netted 149 times across two spells in the 1980's and 1990's.

Team news

Town will be hoping that both Lewis Page, Aaron Martin and Josh Falkingham are available for selection after recent injury worries, though Rory McArdle remains a long term absentee following his recent surgery.


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