Colchester. Anyone know anything about Colchester? Well, it is, apparently, the oldest recorded town in Britain, as the Romans beat up the locals and the events were recorded by Pliny the Elder in 77AD. No, not very exciting is it?
I was intrigued to find out it was the birthplace of Constable, but it turns out it was the 19th century dauber, rather than the former Walsall striker. No, I just think we have to accept itâ€™s not a very interesting place.
Chris Hutchings should have a virtually full strength squad for tomorrowâ€™s game, with the return of Clayton Ince from International duty. The only absentees are likely to be the ever injured Roberts and Richard Taundry, although he is close to making a return.
There has been some talk coming out of the club about Ince not automatically getting his place back, but, if that were to happen, I think that would be an admission that the season is over and that we were planning for next year. (Although that might not be a bad attitude to be taking). The other difficult choice, with the scoring return of Michael Ricketts on Tuesday, which two out of Iberhe, Ricketts and Deeney will play. I think we are likely to see a line up of:
Ince, Palmer, Weston, Gerrard, Boertien, Nicholls, Hughes, Mattis, Zaaboub, Iberhe and Ricketts, (although a strong case could be made for Deeneyâ€™s inclusion in view of his current scoring streak).
As for the opposition, midfielder Kem Izzet is the sole change to the U’s squad for the game against Walsall this Saturday, following a one game suspension.
Lewis Gobern is fit despite a slight groin strain, Chris Coyne doesn’t travel following his midweek trip to Japan with the Australian national side, and Steven Gillespie misses out despite returning to training this week after his recent calf injury.
U’s team will, therefore come from: Walker, Cousins, White, Maybury, Tierney, Heath, Reid, Baldwin, Perkins, D. Hammond, Izzet, Wordsworth, Hackney, Vernon, Platt, Gobern, Yeates, Guy
The main point of interest for Saddlers will, of course, be the return of legend Jimmy Walker. He will get a wonderful reception, but letâ€™s hope he has a stinker!
Colchester are just a place ahead of us, with five more points and a game in hand. That doesnâ€™t tell the whole story, however. They do have an away record that is bettered by only three other teams in this League â€“ Leicester, MK Dons and Scunthorpe. It is only the poor start they had at home in their new stadium that is stopping them being right in the mix at the top of the table. We will need to be at our best to win this one.