Stevenage Football Club travel to Essex this Saturday for a crucial Sky Bet League Two clash with Colchester United as the quest for league survival continues…
Steve Evans’ men look for all three points in Essex as the season reaches its vital moments and every game becomes considerably more important. Wayne Brown’s Colchester United aim to make it three wins in three after turning their form around and picking up some crucial wins in recent games. Their most recent fixture ended 2-1 to The U’s despite Harrogate Town going 1-0 up.
Founded in 1937 and elected to the Football League in 1950, Colchester have spent a lot of their history moving from the Third and Fourth tier of English Football. In 1990, the club were relegated into non-league but climbed their way back out just two years later. The U’s achieved promotion to the second tier in 1998 and again in 2006. They would then go on to achieve their highest league finish in club history, ending the campaign 10th in the Championship.
However, Colchester returned to League One in 2008 following relegation from The Championship and then made a return to League Two for the first time in eighteen years in 2016. They have since played their football in the fourth tier alongside Stevenage and reached the play-offs in the 2019/20 campaign.
This season has been far from satisfactory for Colchester supporters as their side currently sit 19th in Sky Bet League Two. From forty league games, The U’s have won just eleven, drawing twelve and losing on seventeen occasions. Their top scorer this season is Freddie Sears with thirteen goals to his name.
Stevenage and Colchester are two sides who have been very familiar with each other over the last decade. They have met on eighteen occasions with Colchester winning nine, Boro winning five and the remaining four ending in draws. This season’s reverse fixture ended 1-0 to Boro at The Lamex after Elliott List converted from the penalty spot in the first half. December 2011 saw the first encounter between the two clubs as Stevenage picked up an
impressive 6-1 victory with six different players finding their name on the scoresheet.
Colchester United have played their home games at Colchester Community Stadium since it opened in 2008. It has a capacity of 10,105 and reached an attendance record of 10,064 as Colchester hosted Norwich City in 2010. The stadium has also been used as a concert venue as well as hosting International Youth matches.
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