After making it 3 out of 3 against Barnet last week, Rovers look to make it four, from the visit of fellow ex-league one counterparts, Colchester United. 

Team news for this weekends home match v Colchester United is that star man, Andy Williams is more than likely out, after suffering a last second injury v Barnet last week, resulting in his foot swelling.

Williams will have a scan on Thursday to asses the damage – fingers crossed it’s nothing serious that will keep him out for a while!

However, as we lose one striker, another returns; John Marquis is set for a return straight into the starting 11 after serving his one match suspension last weekend. Meaning Liam Mandeville could keep his place in the team again, but this time alongside John Marquis.

Personally, I believe that Marquis is something we was missing last week, but I just hope his suspension hasn’t affected his momentum of his performances.

Frazer Richardson will remain out, meaning Niall Mason may keep his place at right back, but Craig Alcock will be pushing even further to a start as he continues his recovery from injury.

Mathieu Baudry will be another player looking for a start this week. The 28 year-old French defender made his home league debut for Rovers last weekend, coming off the bench, and Ferguson was full of praise for him after the match, so could he be tempted to revert back the controversial 3-5-2 with: Wright, Baudry and Butler at the back?

Colchester United haven’t won a match for over month, with their last victory coming on the 10th September with a 3-2 win v Blackpool.

Players to watch for Colchester are: Chris Porter and Sammie Szmodics, who have scored 4 and 3 goals respectively so far this term.

Last time we met Colchester was this March, where we got humiliated 4-1 away, and that result played a pivotal part in our drop into league two. A goal from currently injured, Gary McSheffrey was the only silver lining from that game.

Overall, Rovers have beaten Colchester 21 times since 1958, losing just 18. Hopefully, we don’t suffer a humiliating defeat just like back in March, but I’m quite optimistic about this game, only thing on the downside is that we won’t have Andy Williams – how much will we miss him?

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