Crewe Alexandra will aim to extend their 11-match unbeaten run at Mornflake Stadium when Colchester United on Saturday (3pm).
Lee Bell’s men are back on home turf after picking up four points in two games on the road but will face a sterm test against the visitors from Essex.
The U’s have had a slow start to the season, picking up seven points from their first seven games. Their one away victory stunned high-flying Gillingham and they have lost just one of their last four league games.
Ben Garner was appointed in March after Matty Bloomfield departed for Wycombe.
Garner has previously taken charge of Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic - leading the former to the League Two Play-Offs in 2022 before suffering a semi-finals penalties defeat at the hands of Port Vale.
Lee Bell: "They are a good team with some good young players – me and their manager have more in common than any other managers. We know the stresses and positives of it. They are well organised and transition."
Ben Garner: "They have a talented squad; they are quite varied in the way they can play. It will be a good game for sure, we must prepare well and hope to have a positive performance like the last two league games."
Colchester United have won 30 of the 61 meetings between the teams. The Alex emerged victorious in 22 and the remaining nine were draws.
The last time these teams met at Mornflake Stadium a Dan Agyei strike earned a 1-0 win for The Railwaymen.
Elsewhere in League Two
Doncaster v Gillingham; Grimsby v Crawley; Harrogate Town v Salford; Mansfield v Barrow, Morecambe v Swindon; Newport v Bradford; Notts County v Forest Green; Stockport v Wrexham; Sutton v MK Dons; Tranmere v Accrington; Walsall v AFC Wimbledon.
The referee for Saturday’s clash is Charles Breakspear. The assistant referees are Marvyn Amphlett and Jack Clench. The fourth official will be Ravel Cheosiaua.
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