Cambridge City will look to end their recent run of bad results as they entertain Coleshill Town tomorrow.
The Lilywhites have had a disastrous start to the September that has seen them lose at Didcot, exit the league cup at Leiston and fall at the First Qualifying Round hurdle of the Emirates FA Cup courtesy of a 4-3 reverse against Brightlingsea Regent last Saturday.
In the midst of all that, City have had had 2 players sent off – Liam Gooch at Didcot and Jordan Gent last Saturday against Brightlingsea. Gooch will be back between the posts tomorrow, but City will be without Gent who serves his one match suspension.
Elsewhere, Ebby Nelson-Addy looks set to return to the squad after being unavailable last Saturday whilst there are doubts over the fitness of Jack Wilkinson who had to come off early last week with a groin strain. Jack Vasey has been released from the squad but Ross Paterson and Lewis Whitehead who were subs last week will be looking to stake a claim in the starting line-up.
Coleshill gained promotion last season and have started the season well in their new surrounds of step 4 football. An opening day win at Aylesbury was then followed by an emphatic 5-2 victory at Kempston Rovers. A 2-0 reverse at Corby on Bank Holiday Monday was followed by a point at Dunstable Town. Coleshill were eliminated from the FA Cup before the season actually started when the lost 4-3 at Racing Club Warwick in the Extra Preliminary Round.
What do we know about……Coleshill Town
Warwickshire based Coleshill play their home games at Pack Meadow. The Colemen gained promotion from the Midland League last year after finishing as runners-up. During their time in the Midland League, they came close to a place at Wembley as they reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase in season 2016/17. However, they lost 6-1 to eventual winners, South Shields. Look out for both Reece Leek and Joseph Smith tomorrow as the pair have already scored 5 goals between them so far this season for a side that currently sit 6th in the league.
Our 3 pundits this week are slightly cautious about the outcome tomorrow with only one predicting a City win. Here’s what they have to say.
We need to get back to winning ways and with a near full strength side I expect a reaction. I’m sure the staff will have done their homework on Coleshill, but they are still a bit of an unknown. However, I am hopeful that we will bounce back so I am going for a 3-1 win.
Not sure what to expect tomorrow as I don’t know about Coleshill. With Jordan Gent suspended, I am slightly concerned but I am also hopeful that we will get something from the game. I’m going for a 2-2 draw.
I think this will be a tough game. Coleshill have started well and could be the surprise package this season. We have to defend better if we are to get anything from the game and although I can see us scoring goals I can also see us conceding too so I am going for a 3-2 defeat.
Kick-off at Bridge Road tomorrow afternoon is at 3:00pm.
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