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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Stevenage v Colchester United: U’s gunning for first away win of the year

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 March 2018

Mikael Mandron is left frustrated at the final whistle after Tuesday night's 0-0 draw at Morecambe. Picture: CARL MARSTON

Mikael Mandron is left frustrated at the final whistle after Tuesday night's 0-0 draw at Morecambe. Picture: CARL MARSTON

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Six of Colchester United’s last eight fixtures are against top 10 teams, all vying for promotion, but today they face a very different kind of opposition, led by a man enjoying his first match as a Football League manager.

The U’s League Two play-off hopes are effectively dead-and-buried, following a dismal run of three defeats and two draws in their last five fixtures.

This winless run has left John McGreal’s men a distant nine points adrift of the top seven, and therefore facing up to a third successive season in the fourth tier.

But they can do some damage, along the way, by denting the hopes of promotion candidates such as Accrington Stanley, Notts County, Lincoln City and Swindon, all during April, and then perhaps at Exeter on the final day of the season.

Before that, they have a fixture this weekend against lower mid-table hosts in Stevenage, who appointed Dino Maamrie as their new manager only four days ago.

Boro, like the U’s, are not going anywhere this season. They are 13 points clear of the relegation zone and 17 points adrift of the play-offs.

But they will be keen to mark Maamrie’s first match at the helm with a victory, just as the U’s will be looking to spoil the party and at the same time record a first away win of 2018.

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“It’s a local game, against a new manager who will be keen to bring in his own ideas,” explained U’s boss McGreal.

“But for me it’s all about what we do. We need to improve in the final third of the pitch, because we have not had a killer instinct recently. But we still have eight games left.”

McGreal also revealed that out-of-favour striker Kurtis Guthrie “will not be involved,” at Stevenage, and perhaps even for the rest of the season. His contract expires this summer.

Squads

STEVENAGE: T King, Vancooten, J King, Wilkinson, Martin, Goddard, Sheaf, Smith, Amos, Newton, Revell, Franks, Whelpdale, White, Slater, O’Donnell, McKee, Bowditch, Henry & Fryer.

COLCHESTER: Walker, Jackson, Eastman, Prosser, Vincent-Young, Comley, Wright, Lapslie, Szmodics, Dickenson, Mandron, Mandeville, Shodipo, Murray, Stevenson, Senior, Rooney, Ogedi-Uzokwe & Barnes.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancs)

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Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

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