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Matchday Guide | Colchester (A)

9 April 2023

Crewe Alexandra travel to Essex in the second part of their Easter schedule as they take on Colchester United (Monday, 3pm).

Lee Bell’s side will look to make it three consecutive victories, after dispatching Barrow 3-0 on Good Friday courtesy of two penalties from Dan Agyei and a first strike of the season from Christopher Long.

The Opposition

Colchester United sit 20th in League Two on 39 points, a point above the relegation zone with six games to go. On Good Friday, The U’s earned an impressive 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Stevenage.

The Gaffer

Ben Garner took over at Colchester Community Stadium last month, and is still looking for his first win after five games at the helm.

The Kent-born boss has also held positions with Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic, and nearly guided Swindon to League One last season.

Fighting Talk

Dan Agyei (Alex forward): “The most important thing is the team winning and building, and now we turn our attention to Colchester, and we’ll try to get another three points there.”

Connor Hall (Colchester defender): “It’s pretty obvious we’re in a relegation fight – there’s no getting away from that. It’s still in our hands, so with the games left for the rest of the season, we’ve got to make sure we get better points than the teams below us.”

Team News

Crewe await to see if Tariq Uwakwe will be fit to make the squad for Saturday’s trip, but Ryan Finnigan and Zac Williams remain sidelined.

Colchester will assess the fitness of Kwesi Appiah, Cole Skuse, Sam Hornby, Tom Dallison and Alan Judge for Monday’s clash.


The U’s hold the upper hand in past meetings between both clubs, winning 29 times compared to the Railwaymen’s 22 victories. Earlier on this season, a late Dan Agyei strike was enough to separate both sides in a scrappy 1-0 victory for the Alex.

Ticket Details

For information on away tickets at Jobserve Community Stadium click HERE.

How To Get There

For information on how to get to Jobserve Community Stadium click HERE.


Will Finnie will take charge of proceedings on Monday afternoon, having last officiated the Alex in April 2022, a 3-1 home defeat to Fleetwood Town.

He will be assisted by Ryan Whitaker and Gareth Viccars, with Aji Ajibola appointed as fourth official.

Elsewhere in League Two

AFC Wimbledon v Salford City; Barrow v Crawley Town; Bradford City v Sutton United; Doncaster Rovers v Grimsby Town; Hartlepool United v Stevenage; Leyton Orient v Harrogate Town; Mansfield v Rochdale; Northampton Town v Gillingham; Stockport County v Newport County; Tranmere Rovers v Swindon Town; Walsall v Carlisle United.

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