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Stevenage 3 v 1 Colchester United
SkyBet League Two
Saturday, 6th October 2018 Kick-off 15:00
Stevenage Vs U's - Durham's Preview
Friday, 5th Oct 2018 22:40 by Durham Exile

Matchday 11 sees the Super U’s travel to Broadhall Way (aka The Lamex Stadium) to challenge Stevenage Borough led by Dino Maamria. Last season we provided the opposition for Dino’s first match for the Boro and as both sides have made a strong start to this campaign it should be another tightly contested game.

League Two Top Ten:

Lincoln 11 25
Exeter 11 23
Newport 11 23
COL U 11 19
FGR 11 19
MK Dons 11 18
Stevenage 11 18
Oldham 11 17
Bury 11 18
Tranmere 11 18

I will try and resist the temptation to once again bring out all the ABBA puns, but they are such good value for this fixture!

One thing is certain, the “bad boy of football” Kurtis Guthrie, who played 49 times for the U’s scoring 13 goals is likely to line up against JMc’s team tomorrow after a move to the Boro, which has seen him score 3 goals in 11 appearances.

This will not concern JMc who has three superior strikers now, two of whom are likely to play tomorrow. I was surprised to see Eastman and Norris play Tuesday night after their respective injuries on the previous Saturday. Frankie Kent is sadly still unlikely to play but JMc will be keen to field an unchanged line up on Saturday.

Tuesday night saw a revitalised U’s take Yeovil apart and thoroughly deserve their victory. It was a shame about the consolation goal but in fairness it was a very well struck free kick. After an unbeaten away start to the season the U’s will be keen to put Stevenage to the sword

That means a starting berth for Courtney Senior over Brennan Dickenson and Tom Eastman retaining his place at the heart of the defence. It was great to see Tom Lapslie back in the centre of the park.

Team 4,3,1,2:

Barnes

Jackson Eastman Prosser Vincent-Young

Senior Pell Lapslie

Szmodics

Nouble Norris

Subs:

Gilmartin Kensdale Wright Comley Dickenson Collins Mandron

The weather at Stevenage is likely to be rain showers and 12C – pitch will be soft, but otherwise should be fine for football.

After an impressive start to the season, JMc will be keen to cement the U’s top three ambition with another Away victory. We have already played difficult games at Notts County (do not make the mistake of writing them off, they will be close to the top three at the end of the season) Mansfield, Tranmere and Oldham, who collectively are some of the more difficult away matches and we have survived them all. Stevenage will provide another tough challenge though. NB: Tranmere defeated leaders Lincoln on Tuesday night!

When all is said and done, Dino will be still exclaiming Mamma Mia at the end of the game as the Winner has taken it all and he will have met his Waterloo. For JMc the name of the game is three points in darkest Hertfordshire.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful, enjoy the game and enjoy another three points to bring us closer to the top three.

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