"From haunts of coot and hern"
We embark on a run of three home games in League 2 with the visit of the team from what is claimed to be the oldest recorded town in Britain. What can be stated with accuracy is that Colchester was, for a time, the capital of Roman Britain, but now it’s a market town in London’s commuter belt. Colchester United are comparative newcomers to the Football League (to old 'uns anyway), only being elected in 1950 - and in their first season in Division III (South) they finished in 16th place on the same number of points as ourselves, but we had a superior goal average to finish one place higher.
There have been a couple of significant player/manager connections between the two clubs, and of quite a high profile too … the names of Roy McDonough and Mark Kinsella will resonate with older members, and both men figured in the “Hall of Fame” list created by the club in 2006. Roy was the U’s manager for 3 years in the 1990’s. Current Head Coach Steve Ball is in his second spell, having been Caretaker Manager for 4 days in May 2016 - his current involvement dates from July this year, and Colchester’s current League 2 form looks like this:-
September 12th Bradford City (A) Drew 0-0
September 19th Bolton Wanderers (H) Won 2-0
September 26th Barrow (A) Drew 1-1
October 3rd Oldham Athletic (H) Drew 3-3
What can we expect from the tinkering of Walsall’s powers-that-be? The answer, as always, is a conundrum within an enigma. It seems that players who do have a really good game are not necessarily going to be featuring in the match that follows. Injuries shouldn’t be too much of a concern this early in the season, and perhaps Darrell Clarke will have a full squad to benefit from his tinkering. Lavery will have done his chances no harm after netting in mid-week, and Adebayo’s input has been significant over the past few matches. All we need is for Wes McDonald to regain the spark that has been missing occasionally of late…
Prediction? With a run of three home games we should be setting a target of 9 points, and a win on Saturday will at least let us leapfrog over Colchester, who currently sit in 9th place in the League 2 table - but only a single point more than ourselves (and we do have a game in hand). So … the usual guess at a 2-1 home win, with goals from Eli and Flash.