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U's preparing for second away trip this week, travelling to Vale Park

11 December 2020

Colchester United could push themselves in to the top three with a win at the weekend, with Port Vale the opponents for Saturday afternoon.

Steve Ball will take his team to Vale Park in good spirits after the U's picked up their first win on the road this season on Tuesday evening with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe. 

The U's will be looking to make it three wins in a row, and with three points they could push themselves into the top three for the first time this season, should results go their way. Currently sitting sixth on twenty-seven points, Colchester moved into the play-off places after winning their game in hand. 

And U's Head Coach Steve Ball wants his side to take their opportunity with both hands. 

"I'm going to keep banging that drum, I won't be scared of stating what might happen. The challenge is there, if things go our way, let's take the chance." - Steve Ball

"I've always said I'd much rather be up there than chasing, and we have got ourselves into a really healthy position in the table. I'd probably say after December is when it starts to shape up a bit, and if we can get a gap in that top seven, great - let's do it."

This weekend, Port Vale are the hosts and opponents, with John Askey's side picking up a bit of form in their last couple of games after losing five in a row previously. 

But last weekend, they hit Bolton Wanderers for six, in a 6-3 away victory at the University of Bolton Stadium, before picking up their second win of the week, defeating Wolves U21 in the Papa John's Trophy knockout stages. 

And the U's will have to be weary of a team that are just finding their feet again after a poor run. 

"Bolton were on a great run of form. We watched the game back between Bolton and Vale, and as much as Port Vale were excellent, and they really were, Bolon had a heap of chances as well. 

"It's a freaky division and I've always said that anybody beats anybody on any day, and obviously Port Vale will be a real threat with what they have, but again like every week we feel we can go there and hurt them."

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