Cheltenham Town 3 Colchester United 1: Carl Marston's final verdict
PUBLISHED: 06:07 18 September 2017
Colchester United's alarming loss of form, away from home, is giving a big cause for concern this season.
No team can mount a promotion push on home results alone, however impressive the U’s are at their own Weston Homes Community Stadium – and they are not that impressive!
In fact, John McGreal’s men look destined for a season of struggle, in the lower half of League Two, if they cannot shake off their away-day blues over the weeks and months ahead.
A fourth straight defeat, from four away games, was the net result of Saturday’s latest shocker at lowly Cheltenham Town, who had won only one league game all campaign before having the good fortune to meet such renowned poor travellers at their quaint Whaddon Road ground, nestling beneath the Cotswold hills.
A brace from Kevin Dawson, and a third by Jamie Grimes, condemned the U’s to yet more misery on the road, even though the visitors did net through Sammie Szmodics’ 26th minute penalty to make it 2-1.
The U’s are down in 17th spot, after eight matches, already a distant eight points adrift of the automatic promotion zone, and five behind the play-offs.
These are still early days, but the U’s show no signs of rectifying their dreadful away record.
And that could well hold them back, in their quest to improve on last season’s eighth place showing.