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Colchester United correspondent Carl Marston assesses the chances of the U's finishing the season in the League Two play-off zone.

Rene Gilmartin will be gunning for another clean-sheet, when Cheltenham Town are the visitors for a League Two clash tomorrow.

Ipswich Town take on fellow Championship strugglers Reading at the Madejski Stadium this afetrnoon (3pm). STUART WATSON previews the action.

Rene Gilmartin was a surprise inclusion in the Colchester United starting line-up last weekend, the U's goalkeeping coach being preferred to Dillon Barnes for the 3-1 home win over Crawley Town.

Rene Gilmartin made his first league appearance for more than five-and-a-half years, ironically replacing his 'pupil' Dillon Barnes in goal, for Colchester United's 3-1 home win over Crawley Town on Saturday.

Prosser praises young keeper Barnes

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Club captain, Luke Prosser, has praised young keeper Dillon Barnes for his performances at the start of this season, following his promotion to the No. 1 berth after Sam Walker's summer move to Reading.

Dillon Barnes insists that dropping into non-league, for two spells last season, was just the "wake-up call" that he needed ahead of what is now the biggest season of his career.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has faith in young Dillon Barnes to fill the sizeable boots left by former No. 1 stalwart Sam Walker.

Colchester United can be warmly satisfied with their opening day showing at Notts County, on a sun-kissed Saturday afternoon at Meadow Lane, the home of the oldest surviving Football League club in the world.

Colchester United correspondent CARL MARSTON casts his eye over the key arrivals and main departures of the summer, ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Sam Walker could be on the verge of signing for Bolton Wanderers.

Colchester United have boosted their squad with the signings of West Brom goalkeeper Ethan Ross on a two-year deal and Wolves striker Aaron Collins on a season-long loan.

Colchester United failed to launch a sustained play-off bid last season. U's writer CARL MARSTON identifies areas that need addressing for the 2018-19 campaign

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