Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Salford City will be aiming to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stevenage when they face Colchester United on Matchday 35. The Lions quickly bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Plymouth Argyle, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to book their place in the play-offs. Brandon Thomas-Asante, who scored the winner against the Boro, will be one of the men to watch in the home team.
The U’s, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Grimsby Town and Port Vale, but given their poor away record in the League Two, we are tempted to put our money on the Lions. Considering that in the first half of the season Colchester United defeated Salford City 1-0, the hosts must be hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Ritchie Towell):
Ritchie Towell is a professional footballer who was born in Dublin, Ireland on July 17, 1991. After starting his youth career at Crumlin United, Towell was spotted by Celtic scouts in 2007, and he decided to join the famous Scottish outfit.
However, he made only one appearance for the Hoops at senior level, coming as a substitute for Jos Hooiveld in a 2-2 draw with Inverness in November 2010. Ritchie Towell played for the likes of Hibernian (loan), Dundalk, Brighton, and Rotherham United (loan) as well before signing a deal with his current club Salford City.
The Salford City midfielder has nine caps with the Republic of Ireland U21 team, but he has yet to earn a call-up with the senior team. His primary position is central midfield, but he is used as an attacking midfielder as well. Ritchie Towell has two Irish Premier League trophies with Dundalk (2013, 2014).
Highlighted Team (Colchester):
Founded in 1937, Colchester United are a professional football club that compete in the League Two, the English fourth tier. The U’s welcome their rivals at Colchester Community Stadium, the venue which has the capacity of 10,105 people.
Colchester United are well known for their blue kit, but white is the dominant colour of their away kit. The U’s have an official fans association known as the CUSA. Colchester supporters consider Wycombe Wanderers the club’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalries with Southend United and Ipswich Town are big as well. Colchester United did well to win the FA Trophy in the 1991/92 season, with the team clinching the Essex Senior Cup trophy in the 2009/10 season.
In December 1961 the U’s recorded their biggest win, with the team rolling over Bradford City 9-1 in the Fourth Division. Colchester United repeated the success 44 years later as they hammered Leamington 9-1 in the FA Cup round 1.