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MATCH PREVIEW | Colchester United

A look ahead to Saturday's trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium

7 September 2017

The Reds will be looking to make it three wins in a row as they travel to Colchester United on Saturday afternoon.

The side have won their last two league games, first beating Swindon Town 3-0 away at the County Ground and then Yeovil Town 2-0 at home last weekend. 

The last time the Reds won three on the spin in the league was back in March 2015, coincidentally beating Saturday's opponents Colchester 3-2 away from home in the first win of three.

The Reds then beat Port Vale 3-2 away, and then Leyton Orient 1-0 at home at the Checkatrade Stadium.

The Opposition 

John McGreal's men haven't enjoyed the best of starts, winning one of their opening five games and currently sit in 20th position in the table.

Their solitary victory was a spectacular one though, as they romped to a 5-1 win over newly promoted Forest Green Rovers on August 26th.

Their three losses have all come away from home, and to Accrington Stanley (3-1), Luton Town (3-0) and Cambridge United (1-0).

United played their first season in the fourth tier for 18 years last year following their relegation from League One.

They came close to getting a shot at an immediate return, missing out on the play-offs by just one point.

Previous Meetings

The Reds boast an impressive record against Saturday's opponents, having never lost in nine meetings, winning five times.

The first six encounters all came in League One, starting off with a 1-1 draw in Essex in September 2012, with Kyle McFadzean scoring for Crawley.

Four months later in the reverse fixture the Reds took all three points with three goals and a clean sheet. Mark Connolly opened the scoring that day, before Billy Clarke and Nicky Adams got in on the action.

The following season followed a similar pattern, with the fixture at Colchester finishing 1-1; Emile Sinclair equalising for the Reds.

It was almost a complete repeat, however Crawley couldn't manage three goals at home this time, but did manage three points, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Mike Jones.

The 2014/15 meeting between the two once again provided four points from the U's, however this time the draw came at home and the win was away.

December 2014 saw a 0-0 stalemate at the Checkatrade Stadium, four months before the Reds came from behind to win 3-2 in a thrilling match.

Ryan Dickson pulled us level, followed by Gavin Tomlin making it 2-1 before the break, however Colchester equalised but Izale McLeod was on target from the spot with 15 minutes to clinch the win.

Crawley played United three times last season, first in the Checkatrade Trophy, winning 1-0 thanks to James Collins' 34th minute strike.

Just under a month later and Colchester were back in Sussex, this time in the league, and managed to snatch a point late in the day after Adi Yussuf had opened the scoring.

Most Reds fans and definitely Jimmy Smith will remember, the 3-2 victory at Colchester in February this year.

The skipper bagged a hat-trick as Crawley came from behind the maintain their unbeaten record against Colchester.

The Officials 

Graham Horwood has been appointed as the referee for Saturday's game and you can find more details on the officials here.

Ticket News

There are still tickets available for the trip to Colchester, both in advance and on the day.

Click here for more information.

Follow it live

Fans will be able to listen to full commentary of the game on iFollow Crawley, as well as read minute by minute updates on the club's official Twitter account.

There will be team news both there and on our official Facebook page, as well as coverage on our Instagram account throughout the day too.

After the game all the post-match reaction will be available on iFollow Crawley and a full report will be online.

Fans can sign up to iFollow Crawley and never miss a kick for just £4.49 a month by clicking here.

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