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Preview: Alex Face Tough Midweek Essex Trip

21 August 2018

Crewe Alexandra have made the daunting cross-country trip to Essex to take on Colchester United, looking to build on a solid if unspectacular start to the season.

The fixture computer has thrown up the 416-mile round trip on a Tuesday night, but boss Dave Artell will not let the long travel faze his squad.

History is set to be made whatever the result, with the game the first ever Crewe Alexandra game streamed live over the internet to a UK audience. Click here to purchase a match pass to watch the game live.

Date: Tuesday 21 August 2018

Competition: Sky Bet League Two 

Venue: Jobserve Community Stadium

Previous Meeting At Host Club: Colchester 3-1 Crewe (October 2017)

Referee: Neil Hair (PL2, 7YC, 0RC)


Crewe: Crewe are boosted by the return of George Ray to training. If the skipper is fit to play, Dave Artell will have a fully fit squad to choose from for the clash.

Crewe lost 3-1 at the U's last season despite dominating the first half & going 1-0 through Jordan Bowery - so he will be keen to ensure his side performs for the entire 90 minutes this time around.

The first away trip of the season at Newport didn't go to plan with a 1-0 defeat, but Artell is troops can fair better in the South East.


Colchester: The hosts have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, remaining unbeaten in 90 mins in their first four games in league & cup.

Draws with much-fancied Notts County & Mansfield coming either side of a comfortable home victory over Port Vale.

United have no fresh injury worries for the match from the side that grabbed a dramatic last gasp equaliser against the Stags last time out.


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