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U's at County Ground for round of 32 match in Papa John's Trophy

29 November 2021

Colchester United will be looking to make it into the last sixteen of the Papa John's Trophy on Tuesday night, when they take on Swindon Town in the first knockout round of the competition.

Hayden Mullins' side picked up a couple of good results last week, with a win against Exeter City and a draw against Newport, with both games at the JobServe Community Stadium. 

But the U's will be taking a break from league action over the next couple of games, with the Papa John's Trophy and Emirates FA Cup to contend with. 

Swindon Town are the opponents for the U's in the Papa John's Trophy, after Colchester United were issued a reprieve, with West Ham U21s being eliminated at the Group Stages for fielding an ineligible player. 

Mullins and Dyer will be wanting to build on their good performances over the last handful of games, and make it to the next round of the tournament, and will have another couple of players to select from for the trip to the County Ground. 

Alan Judge made a welcome return to the field on Friday evening, along with Miles Welch-Hayes also appearing on the subs bench with Junior Tchamadeu. 

The Opposition
The Robins made it through to the knockout stages of the Papa John's Trophy with the maximum of nine points from their three group stage games in Southern Group F. Finishing above Arsenal U21, Newport County and Plymouth Argyle, Ben Garner's side ensured they would have the home draw for the first knockout stage. 

Swindon Town are doing well in the League, currently sitting fourth in the table, and unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions, with their last result a 1-1 draw at home to Harrogate Town on Saturday afternoon. 

Having found goals a common occurance within the side, the Robins have been able to make a push for promotion, somthing that would have seemed unlikely in the summer months. 

Ipswich Town loanee, Tyreece Simpson, is leading the way jointly with Jack Payne, with eight goals each, followed by Harry McKirdy on four for the County Ground side. 

Swindon will be looking to make it to the last sixteen, with the Robins in the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time since the 2017/18 season. 

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