MATCH PREVIEW: Colchester United (A)

The Weston Homes Community Stadium welcomes Doncaster Rovers for their first ever visit, for Saturday’s League One meeting with Colchester United.

The Essex side moved from their former Layer Road ground in July 2008 after 98 years in the venue.

Colchester United were founded in 1937 as Colchester Town. They are managed by former York City and Carlisle boss, John Ward.


Colchester finished in 10th position in the League One table last season, but they are currently struggling in 22nd this season. Their three points came from draws with Preston, Portsmouth and Sheffield United.

United’s last game saw them defeated by Brentford at Griffin Park. The game looked set for a goalless draw until the 88th minute when Farid El Alagui scored with a diving header to send the Essex side home empty handed.

Rovers began the campaign well, winning the first two games against Walsall and Bury respectively. Since then they have seen defeats at the hands of Crawley and Yeovil.

It has been two weeks since Rovers last played, when they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Huish Park against Yeovil Town. The scheduled home game against Oldham Athletic last Saturday was postponed due to International call-ups from the visitor’s side.

Rovers therefore have a game in hand already, and with six points sit in 14th position.

Team News

Dean Saunders has a fully fit squad to choose from, with even Shelton Martis available for selection! The Doncaster Rovers manager has stated that he will only bring loan players in when or if they are required, i.e. when an injury affects the side. It is therefore unlikely to see any new faces in the side for Saturday’s game.

Iain Hume may make his full Rovers debut after signing on loan before the Yeovil Town game, where he was used as a second half substitute.

Colchester have midfielder John-Joe O’Toole available for selection after recovering from a groin problem which ruled him out of their trip to Brentford. Anthony Wordsworth and Karl Duguid will face late fitness checks before Saturday’s game.

The Man with the Whistle

David Phillips has been appointed to take charge of Saturday’s tie at the West Homes Community Stadium. The West Sussex man was in charge at Ashton Gate in 2010; when Rovers ran out as 5-2 winners over Bristol City. He showed 1 yellow card in the tie.

Colchester faced Scunthorpe in January in their last meeting with Phillips. During this game he handed out 5 yellow cards and also awarded one penalty.

Ticket Information

Tickets are currently on sale at the Keepmoat Stadium ticket office. They are priced as follows;

  • Adults – £18
  • Senior Citizen (65+) – £13
  • Young Person (18-21) – £14
  • 17 and under – £10
  • Armed Forces (with ID) – £13
  • Ambulant/Wheelchair disabled + Carer – £13 (Limited)

Tickets are available on the day and are priced as follows;

  • Adults – £20
  • Senior Citizen (65+) – £14
  • Young Person (18-21) – £15
  • 17 and under – £11
  • Armed Forces (with ID) – £14
  • Ambulant/Wheelchair disabled + Carer – £14 (Limited)

Getting There

Sat Nav Postcode – CO4 5UP.

Click HERE for directions from the Keepmoat Stadium.

Parking at the stadium is available at £6 but it is advised that you should book a space before travelling.

The closest railway station to the stadium is Colchester (North), which is around 2 miles away. There is a shuttle bus to take you to the stadium priced at £2 return or free for senior citizens with a valid bus pass.


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