Stevenage welcome Colchester United to The Lamex Stadium on Good Friday for a crucial Sky Bet League Two clash…
Boro sit third in the table with a two-point advantage over Carlisle in fourth. Just eight matches remain for Stevenage in the 2022/23 campaign as the race for automatic promotion heats up.
Last weekend, Steve Evans’ men travelled to Northampton and picked up a hard-earned point against promotion rivals through Jamie Reid’s spectacular finish.
Colchester United have struggled for form this season, as they sit twenty-first in Sky Bet League Two, just three points above the drop zone. They have earned just nine league wins from thirty-nine attempts and have witnessed three different managers in charge since September.
The U’s are winless from their last eight games, but have picked up four draws in the process. Last Saturday, they saw out a 0-0 draw at home to Newport County. Former Boro man Arthur Read is likely to appear against his former teammates tomorrow, after signing for Colchester in January.
Ben Garner was appointed as Head Coach of Colchester on the second of March and will be looking for his first win in charge of the Essex side. Earlier in the season, The U’s were under the management of Wayne Brown, followed by Matt Bloomfield who departed to become Wycombe Wanderers boss. Garner previously had managerial spells at Bristol Rovers, Swindon and Charlton.
Boro and The U’s have met on twenty occasions in the past, with Colchester possessing the slightly better record. Stevenage have won six clashes, with Colchester winning nine and the sides drawing five times. The first time these sides met was on Boxing Day 2011 as six different Boro goal scorers contributed to a 6-1 thrashing over tomorrow’s opponents away from home.
Another memorable victory over Colchester came towards the end of the 2021/22 campaign as Luke Norris and Jamie Reid grabbed the goals in a 2-0 away victory. This win kickstarted a positive run which ultimately led to Stevenage’s League Two survival last season.
This campaign’s reverse fixture saw both sides pick up a point each, as Danny Rose equalised in the first half to earn a 1-1 draw.
James Oldham has been appointed Match Referee for tomorrow’s fixture, with Garry Maskell and Andy Bennett as Assistants, and Sam Allison as Fourth Official.
Oldham has dished out eighty-six yellow cards and six reds in twenty-four fixtures this season.