After picking up a first win as an EFL club on Tuesday, Sutton return to League Two action on Saturday, making one of the shorter away trips of the season to the Jobserve Community Stadium home of Colchester United. Sutton will be in all green.
When the sides last met, Colchester were playing at their old Layer Road ground and it was a game that few who were there will forget, as Sutton recorded a thrilling 4-3 victory in the FA Cup, racing in to a two goal lead, being pegged back to 2-2, then going 3-2 up with six minutes to go only for Colchester to equalise again. Ollie Morah's last minute goal tipped the tie decisively Sutton's way to earn a second round tie at Torquay, which was also won before an unlucky defeat at Notts County in the third round.
The sides have met in league competition in one season, Colchester relegated to the GM Vauxhall Conference, as the National League was then titled, for the 1990-91 season and doing a 1-0 double over Sutton, the game at Colchester seeing Tony Rains keep goal for virtually the whole game after injury to Nick Sullivan. Sutton did win 2-0, though, on the way to lifting the Bob Lord Trophy.
Since those days Colchester, also known as the U's, have moved to their new ground right by the A12, and for a while last season it looked as though they were flirting with a return to the National League before they ultimately finished six points clear of relegated Essex rivals Southend. This season they have drawn three of their five games, with their one win coming at Oldham and one defeat at home to Northampton.
Sutton go in to the game at the foot of the table after the late defeat against Oldham, but boosted confidence on Tuesday with a convincing win against Crystal Palace in the Papa John's Trophy . Several of those who impressed on Tuesday could get their chance at Colchester, with Jon Barden having limped off injured against Palace and Omar Bugiel away with Lebanon for the World Cup qualifiers, earning his eighth cap as a substitute on Thursday in the 0-0 draw away to the UAE. They play in South Korea next week.
Supporters are reminded that tickets MUST be bought online for Saturday's game, with tickets available until 2.15pm on Saturday. However there will not be any tickets available at the ground. Prices are £20 for adults, £15 for concessions (age 65+,Forces/NHS) and £11.50 for Under 18s. On the day those prices rise to £22, £17 and £13.50 respectively, and our accommodation is in the North Stand. Colchester's ground is cashless. Further details are available from the Colchester website here. The Supporters' Club coach is now full.
Colchester's ground is adjacent to the A12 and to access the stadium from the south, turn off 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.
If travelling by train there is a frequent service from Liverpool Street to Colchester, taking between 45 minutes and an hour, and you should either get a taxi to the ground or buses 2, 8 or 65 will drop you within a ten minute walk of the ground. Note that there is again no Thameslink service through Sutton/West Sutton this weekend (there won't be the following weekend either when we are at home to Stevenage), no service between Norwood Junction and Epsom Downs via Sutton, and, if you want to use the Underground, no Northern Line service on the Bank branch.
As this is an international weekend the game will be live streamed in the UK through our iFollow service and you can buy a pass for £10 here. Single match audio passes are not available for this game, but should you not be in a position to watch the game but still want to listen, buy a monthly (£4.49) or seasonal(£45) audio pass which will entitle you to listen to this game and all others within the period of the pass.