Colchester United face a real test of their automatic promotion credentials when they take on fellow top-six side Newport County in South Wales this afternoon, not least because they are weakened by injuries, suspension and unavailability.
Colchester United midfielder, Harry Pell, believed that the U’s were the better team for the first quarter of the game, but that a failure to score during this period ended up costing them at Accrington Stanley on Saturday
Colchester United have been winning plaudits for their goal-scoring prowess this season, topping the League Two goal-charts in recent weeks, but U’s boss John McGreal has also been highlighting the excellent performances at the other end of the pitch.
Replacement centre-half, Tom Eastman, became the 10th different Colchester United player to etch his name on the score-sheet this season, with his opener against Yeovil Town in a midweek, a very impressive ratio from just 11 league games.
Colchester United suffered only their second defeat of the season, at home to Bury on Saturday, but club captain Luke Prosser is adamant that the team will ‘bounce back’ against visiting Yeovil Town this evening.
Tom Eastman is so used to being one of the first names on the Colchester United team-sheet, over the last five years, that it must have felt a little weird to have spent most of the first month of this campaign warming the substitutes’ bench.
Colchester United can be warmly satisfied with their opening day showing at Notts County, on a sun-kissed Saturday afternoon at Meadow Lane, the home of the oldest surviving Football League club in the world.
Here are Colchester United writer Carl Marston’s U’s Player Ratings after yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City, when substitute Luke Waterfall’s injury-time header finally ended the U’s already slender hopes of making the play-offs.
Club captain Luke Prosser answered his manager’s call for goals to come from other areas, in Saturday’s superb 2-1 win over then-leaders Luton Town, and the central defender is looking for more of the same at Forest Green Rovers this afternoon.
Colchester United writer Carl Marston awards his player ratings after yesterday’s 2-1 home win over Luton Town, when first-half headed goals by Tom Eastman and Luke Prosser secured three points for John McGreal’s men.