"From haunts of coot and hern"
Off to deepest Essex to do battle with the “U’s”, who currently lie mid-table with a perfect palindromic record - W2 D2 L2 Goals 6-6. We are currently 3 points adrift of that position but we would need a win of 0-3 or better to do the leapfrog, and surely even our most optimistic fans wouldn’t predict us to score 3 goals in 90 minutes…
Colchester United’s current League 2 form looks like this:-
Aug 3 Port Vale (H) Drew 1-1
Aug 10 Plymouth Argyle (A) Lost 1-0
Aug 17 Cambridge United (H) Lost 1-2
Aug 20 Grimsby Town (A) Drew 2-2
Aug 24 Northampton Town (H) Won 1-0
Aug 31 Oldham Athletic (A) Won 0-1
There are no current player connections between the two clubs, but on the managerial side John Ward has been at both, and of course we can’t overlook the mercurial Roy McDonough - as player/manager he guided the U’s back to the Football League from the Conference whilst on his way to establishing a record that apparently still stands today … 22 dismissals!!
Darrell Clarke used the largely meaningless game against Coventry City to see how some of the fringe players performed - Jack Rose and Shay Facey may well have given him food for thought. He will also be more aware of which players could be overlooked in case we get any penalties. Incidentally, that game at St. Andrews was watched by a bumper crowd of 1,005 - it must have been like a mausoleum.
Prediction? Not much chance of our scoring 3 in this one, and perhaps it’s pushing the boat out a bit to even think of a single goal … but in an optimistic frame of mind we could perhaps come away with 3 points from a 0-1 win, the goal courtesy of Rory Gaffney?