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Steve Ball's side ready for FA Cup first round

6 November 2020

Colchester United will be looking to make it to the second round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2015, when they welcome Marine to the JCS this weekend.

The U's will have been in fine form at the JobServe Community Stadium this season, having been defeated once in six games across all competitions, picking up four wins and drawing the other. 

It would be the fourth home win in a row for Steve Ball's side on Saturday afternoon if they can get the better of their FA Cup first round opponents, Marine. 

But despite the U's being four leagues higher up the football pyramid than the North Premier League Division One side, United's Head Coach will not be taking the game lightly. 

"This game is massivley important for us. It's really important for us to get a win on Saturday, and it'll be a tough game." - Steve Ball

"Marine went to Chester and worked hard to get the win, but I like to think we have the players to hurt them."

"There is a real confidence in the team after Tuesday night, and we will be absolutley prepared for it. The level they are playing at is irrelevant."

"They've got some players that have played league football, and some real experience in their team as well. We are going to prep it like any other game."

To watch the full interview with Steve Ball, head to iFollow Colchester United or click HERE. 

Marine AFC will be the visitors to the JobServe Community Stadium this weekend, their first time visiting the north Essex stadium.

It is their first appearance at this stage of the competition in twenty-five years, with their last first round match ending in defeat to Shrewsbury Town in 1995.

The U's match will be shown live on BBC iPlayer and BBC Online, click HERE for the full story.

Programmes are available for this weekend's clash. Click HERE to purchase yours and it will be delivered to your door. 

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