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FA CUP PREVIEW: Colchester United

4 November 2016

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There's a chill in the air, the clocks have gone back, Christmas is quickly rearing its's time for the Spireites to enter this season's FA Cup.

The club's first round opponents this year are Colchester United and the Spireites will make the longish trip to the League Two side on Saturday with plans of taking up a place in the second round.


Away fans can no longer buy tickets from the Proact, but are able to purchase admission on matchday at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, with further details here.

Alternatively, Spireites can use the following link to save time and money by selecting tickets in the E2 section of the stadium and printing their tickets at home.

Team News

Dan Gardner hasn't travelled with the squad, the midfielder missing Tuesday's Coventry City match after picking up a hamstring strain at Charlton Athletic that is currently undergoing assessment.

The Spireites otherwise have their expected bill of health, with Paul McGinn (hamstring), Dan Jones (foot), Tommy Lee (shoulder), Angel Martinez (knee) and Conor Wilkinson (knee) not yet within a fortnight of returns.

The U's welcome back key duo Tom Lapslie and Frankie Kent for the fixture, with both players making returns from injury this week in the club's under 23 side.
Also available for the Cup clash are loan pair Glen Kamara and Tarique Fosu, as their parent clubs - Arsenal and Reading - gave permission for them to take part in the FA Cup for United.

However, the hosts will line-up against the Spireites without Doug Loft (Achilles), Bennan Dickenson (hamstring), Matt Briggs (hip) Owen Garvan (leg) and Lewis Kinsella (ankle).

Form Guide

Magic or not, this FA Cup tie pits two teams together who are bang out of form. The Spireites' well-documented stint of six straight losses without a single goal scored comes up against a recent record only slightly better.

The U's - relegated from Sky Bet League 1 last term - are without a win in seven league games, having picked up three draws during that spell.

It leaves the Essex side in 18th spot in their table, and both sides will be looking to Saturday's game as a welcome distraction to attempt to pick up some much needed mid-season momentum.

From the Dugout

Midfielder Connor Dimaio sat down with PlayerHD ahead of the trip south, and remembered the tricky encounter the Spireites had on their last visit to Colchester in February, as well as the importance of the competition.

"We played them last year away from home and it was a 1-1 draw with Lids (Gary Liddle) getting sent off," said Dimaio. "I think they're going to be a good team, they shouldn't be in League Two with the way they played last year with good players.

"We just need to concentrate on ourselves and go and play football. It will be a good game, but I think we've got to go there and take it to them. They're a lower league side so we'll have to take our chances.

"It's a massive cup, all of us know that and it's a massive game - we need to go there and get a win.

"If we can win, there will be a lot more confidence in front of goal for us. So we need to try and win these two cup games this week and that might make Sheffield United a bit worried."

Venturing to Essex on Saturday or not we have the following ways to keep up-to-date with all the Cup action from the WHCS:

- Exclusive online commentray on PlayerHD
- Minute-by-minute Twitter coverage with our dedicated service
- Updates and photos on Facebook and Instagram
- Stats and reaction on the homepage of the official club website.

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