Big countdown to Essex derby

There’s just three days to go until Chelmsford City and Colchester United go head-to-head in the FA Cup, and both teams are bang in form.

While the U’s have won five of their seven league games under Joe Dunne, the Clarets have warmed up for the big Essex derby with back-to-back wins this week.

The U’s received a boost, with the news that their three loan players – Craig Eastmond, Sanchez Watt and Jabo Ibehre _ have been given clearance to play in the Cup by their respective clubs (Arsenal and MK Dons).

Meanwhile, down the A12, Chelmsford soared into second spot, in the Blue Square Bet South, with an eye-catching 2-0 win at Hornchurch last night.

So it’s all building up to a battle royal, at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

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The U’s have already sold out their allocation of just over 1,000 tickets, and there are only a handful of tickets left for Clarets fans.

The FA Cup will be on show at Chelmsford City later this afternoon, from 4pm to 6pm, so fans can come along to the Clarets clubhouse to have their photo taken with the famous trophy.

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And this evening, the FA Cup will be moving to Braintree Town’s Cressing Road for further photo opportunities from 7pm to 9pm, ahead of their televised cup tie against Tranmere Rovers on Sunday.

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