Colchester United League Two fixtures 2017/18: five talking points

PUBLISHED: 10:13 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 21 June 2017

Sammie Szmodics cannot believe his bad luck in front of goal at Crawley last season. The U's will be back at Crawley on Boxing Day this term. Picture: PAGEPIX

Sammie Szmodics cannot believe his bad luck in front of goal at Crawley last season. The U's will be back at Crawley on Boxing Day this term. Picture: PAGEPIX

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Here are five things to learn from Colchester United's League Two fixture list for 2017-18. The fixtures were unveiled this morning.

No 1: Hard month:

December will not be an easy one for the U’s.

There are three very awkward-looking away games, at newly-relegated Swindon Town (Decmber 16), a Boxing Day jaunt to Crawley and a trip to Chesterfield.

Hopefully, though, the home games against Exeter and Port Vale will bring some light relief.

No. 2: Easy month

I’m looking to October as a potential month for picking up a host of points.

The U’s have three very win-able home fixtures, against Mansfield, Carlisle and Crewe.

They do have a midweek away test at Newport (Tuesday, October 17), but I always fancy the U’s chances at their other hosts for October (Coventry City).

No. 3: Main rivals

The U’s are away at local rivals Cambridge United on Saturday, September 2, while Cambridge are due at the Community Stadium on New Year’s Day.

No. 4: First visits

The U’s will visit Forest Green Rovers for the first-ever time on Easter Monday, April 2 (I went to the New Lawn with Braintree Town a few years ago, for a midweek fixture, and was very impressed). The U’s will meet Forest Green for the first time in a home fixture on August 26.

No. 5: Busy month

As always. September will be a month packed with fixtures – seven league games are planned for that month, not including potential League Cup ties!

There are four away trips in September, to Cambridge, Cheltenham, Grimsby and Yeovil.

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