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Cheltenham and Colchester battling in the relegation zone

By Calum Rainey

Cheltenham Town welcome fellow relegation strugglers Colchester United to Whaddon Road in their League Two fixture.

The away team make the trip to Gloucestershire in seemingly low spirits and poor form, currently on a winless run that has lasted over two months, with their last three games ending in defeat.

The U’s looked to be on course to break that unwanted streak against Yeovil Town, only for two late goals in quick succession to condemn them to their eighth defeat of the season.

Colchester head coach John McGreal will be looking to go that little bit further and avoid another agonising disappointment they experienced at the weekend, telling the Gazette News: “We have to regroup again quickly as we go again.

“We have to dig even deeper and work that little bit harder.

“We’re professionals and we have to go again – that’s the nature of the sport that we’re in.”

Former Crystal Palace midfielder, Owen Garvan has finally shaken off an injury sustained in pre-season and will be hoping to make his first appearance of the season if he is deemed match fit and ready.

Their opponents Cheltenham are winless in their past three League Two games, coming off the back of a satisfactory draw against promotion hopefuls Portsmouth at the weekend.

The club took to their official Instagram account to declare their intent on improving results and stringing together successive victories with manager Gary Johnson saying: “I promise you this team has the ability to put together a winning run.”

Johnson will be pleased by midfielder Kyle Storer’s return to the side after a four game absence. However defender Aaron Downes misses the game through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season in their draw against Portsmouth.

In the 2008/09 League One campaign the two games between the sides produced a stunning 11 goals and one red card.

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