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The Big Match Preview: Colchester

21 February 2017

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Sky Bet League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium (k.o. 7.45pm).

Colchester United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 21st February 2017, k.o. 7.45pm
Weston Homes Community Stadium, CO4 5UP
Referee: Trevor Kettle

One of the most hotly-anticipated fixtures in Wanderers' calendar comes around again as they renew acquaintances with old foes Colchester United tonight, with both sides looking to bounce back to form.

The rivalry stemmed from a series of fiery battles in league and cup through the 80s and 90s, but may have lost its edge in recent years with meetings becoming less regular and the U's leaving their hostile Layer Road home.

John McGreal's men won the reverse fixture at Adams Park in August and recovered from a drastic loss of form to re-establish themselves as contenders to win promotion back to League 1 at the first attempt, although back-to-back defeats to Crawley and Accrington have prevented them from joining the top seven.

Tonight's fixture is a 'game in hand' for both clubs after the originally scheduled encounter was moved twice due to the Chairboys' cup commitments, meaning this evening is the fifth in a six-week schedule of Tuesday-Saturday combinations, with each midweek game coming away from home.

That run started well with a cup win at Mansfield but recent league losses against Exeter, Stevenage, Crewe and Carlisle have halted the momentum which was building up nicely during that phenomenal run of form over the winter.

Gareth Ainsworth was enthused by his side's performance in Saturday's narrow loss to Carlisle, and was pleased to welcome Paris Cowan-Hall and Matt Bloomfield back into the fold after injury.

They're in contention again tonight while Aaron Pierre, Paul Hayes, Myles Weston and Scott Kashket continue to be assessed as they seek a return to action.

Tickets
Tickets can now only be purchased on arrival at Colchester from 6.15pm onwards.

Wanderers' allocation is in the Roman Cars North Stand (all seated, under-cover, unrestricted view).

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £21
Seniors (65+): £16
18-21: £17
U18: £13
U14: £5
U11*: FREE

*U11s are free on a one-to-four basis (one adult, four U11s) After this, additional U11s will be charged £1.50 each.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: CO4 5UP

Recommended road directions
The U's stadium is located on the north side of the town, near to Colchester Business Park, and is easily accessible from the town via the Northern Approach Road. Take the M40 towards London, joining the northbound (clockwise) M25 at Junction 1A. Carry on the M25 to Junction 28. Here take the A12 following signs first for Chelmsford and then for Colchester. Leave the A12 at Junction 28, turning right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way from the third roundabout. You are now at the stadium.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 98

Recommended area for car parking
There is limited car parking at the stadium with just under 700 spaces in the main stadium car park. You can book a parking permit via 01206 755161 or on www.colutickets.com. Fans can use the nearby Park & Ride Car Park, which is a 5-10 minute walk away across Boxted Road Bridge. Note that the immediate area around the stadium is subject to a Parking Exclusion Zone on match days. Fans can park in town centre car parks and use the number 65 bus on Head Street to the train station. There you can link up with the shuttle bus service to the ground.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 16:00. Travel prices are £17 for adults, £16 for seniors, and £15 for juniors. The price for non-members is £21 (no refund if game is cancelled). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Sunday 19th February at 17.00 hrs.

Using the train?
There is a regular service from London Liverpool Street, average journey time being around an hour. The station is almost two miles from the ground, but visiting fans can take advantage of the club’s shuttle bus service, which costs just £2.50 for a return journey. The shuttle bus starts at 6pm on a weekday match day and takes less than ten minutes to get to the ground. There are trains from Colchester back to Liverpool Street on a regular basis up to 23:03 hrs.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 10,105 (All seated). Away fans are normally housed in the northern part of the JobServe Stand, which is situated on one side of the stadium. Around a thousand supporters can be accommodated in this area. As you would expect from a new stadium the facilities and view of the playing action are good. The stands are particularly steep, meaning that fans are kept close to the pitch and resulting in good sight lines. Leg room is good. A varied range of food is available on the concourses. Note that there is no facility to pay cash at the turnstiles, so you have to buy your tickets from the ticket booth if you haven't already bought them in advance. Telephone number at the stadium for any enquiries is 01206 755 100.

Can't make it?
Live commentary will be available on Chairboys PlayerHD and the FLi Player app. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial. Also keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for more content.

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