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Match Preview | Swindon Town (H)

Promotion-chasing Robins at JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday

28 January 2022

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Colchester United host Swindon Town at the JobServe Community Stadium in the next Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday afternoon.

Colchester United will be buoyed by their last performance, a 3-0 win at Salford City last weekend, with Wayne Brown, Joe Dunne and Dave Huzzey getting the three points in their first game in charge. 

Debut goals from Myles Kenlock and Corie Andrews, as well as Luke Chambers' third of the season saw the U's pick up the victory at the Ammies, the first points and win of 2022.

The addition of John Akinde will be a big boost to Wayne Brown's attacking options, with the latest January addition expected to go into the matchday eighteen for the game against Swindon Town on Saturday afternoon. 

The U's will be without Tommy Smith who is away on international duty with New Zealand, and will check on Cole Skuse who left the field with an eye injury on Saturday afternoon.

The Opposition
Ben Garner's side have won plaudits for their playing style throughout the first half of the campaign, maintaining a high amount of possession in pretty much every game they've been involved in. 

They currently top the possession stats in League Two, holding the ball an average of 60% of the time in their games. Adding to this, they have the highest percentage of passes complete in matches this season. 

Sitting in sixth position, the Robins will have their sights firmly set on the automatic promotion places, just three points adrift of third place currently, with at least a game in hand on three of the top four teams. 

But Garner's side will have to contest this weekend's game without their joint top goalscorer Tyreece Simpson, who was recalled from his loan spell at the County Ground by Ipswich Town. Both he and Harry McKirdy had netted eleven goals apiece before Simpson returned to Portman Road. 

The Robins signed a replacement to the outgoing forward, in the shape of Charlton Athletic striker Josh Davison on loan from the Addicks until the end of the season. Davison spent the second half of last season on loan at Forest Green Rovers, firing in three goals to help them achieve a play-off finish. 

But Rovers were unable to gain promotion, and the on-loan forward will be hoping he can go one better this season at Swindon Town. 

Last Time We Met

The U's left the County Ground victorious in the last meeting between the two sides, with Luke Chambers' unlikely double sealing the win for Colchester United. Chambers nodded home his two goals inside the opening eleven minutes of the game, before Romoney Crichlow's stoppage time header in the first half gave the hosts hope. 

But the U's would be able to hold on to their advantage for the second forty-five minutes, and come away from Wiltshire with the win in the knockout stages of the Papa John's Trophy. 

Tickets remain on sale for this weekend's home game against Swindon Town, available to purchase at any time from Col U Tickets. Click HERE to get yours. They are also available on the day from the two self-service machines in the Club Shop. 

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