Stevenage make the short trip to Essex tomorrow for a Sky Bet League Two clash with Matt Bloomfield’s Colchester United…
Boro look to earn two away wins within the space of five days tomorrow after Tuesday’s victory over Doncaster. Jordan Roberts’ first half header made the difference against Donny, which means Stevenage remain second in Sky Bet League Two and just one point behind Leyton Orient in first.
Tomorrow’s hosts have had a tough campaign so far, picking up ten points from fifteen league games and scoring just twelve goals in the process. Colchester have won just two league games this season, both of which coming at home. The first was against Bradford City in which a 97th minute winner awarded Colchester the three points. Then, The U’s got the better of Harrogate Town in a 2-1 victory.
Colchester recently saw a managerial change, when Wayne Brown was relieved of his duties after just four months in the permanent role. Matt Bloomfield was announced as the new boss on the 30th of September and is now overlooking the tough test of keeping his side clear of relegation. Bloomfield is regarded as a Wycombe Wanderers legend, pulling on the Chairboys shirt nearly 500 times in his career. He is currently enjoying his first tenure in senior management.
Boro and The U’s are two teams very familiar with each other, having met on nineteen occasions in the past. The first encounter between the sides was on Boxing Day in 2011 as Graham Westley’s Stevenage handed Colchester a thrashing in Essex. Scott Laird, Joel Byrom, Michael Bostwick, Robin Shroot, Chris Beardsley and Luke Freeman all scored in the 6-1 victory.
From the nineteen meetings between the two sides, Stevenage have won six compared to Colchester’s nine. The most recent encounter was in April of this year in Colchester as Steve Evans got his first win as Boro boss thanks to goals from Luke Norris and Jamie Reid.
Colchester have played their home games at the JobServe Community Stadium since it opened in 2008. The ground holds a capacity of 10,105 and a record attendance of 10,064 was set in 2010 as Norwich City were the visitors. The North Stand behind the goal is designated for Stevenage supporters tomorrow.
Benjamin Speedie has been appointed Match Referee for tomorrow’s fixture with Damith Bandara and Leigh Crowhurst as his Assistants as well as Craig Hicks as Fourth Official. Speedie has overseen twelve EFL fixtures this season, dishing out fifty-two yellow cards and three reds.