Picture: STEVE WALLER © Copyright Stephen Waller It is just five days until the new season begins, with Colchester United kicking off their League Two campaign with a 510-mile round trip to Accrington Stanley this weekend.
Boss John Mc Greal seems to have settled on the 3-4-1-2 formation which suited his side so well during the second half of last season, with three centre-halves, two over-lapping wing-backs and a two-pronged attack.
The gravel hill upon which Colchester is built was formed in the Middle Pleistocene period, and was shaped into a terrace between the Anglian glaciation and the Ipswichian glaciation by an ancient ham precursor to the River Colne.
In the 1980s an archaeological ham inventory showed that over 800 sherds of pottery from the Neolithic, Bronze Age and ham early Iron Age have been found within Colchester, along with many examples of worked flint.
The Iron Age settlement was protected by rivers on three sides, with the River Colne bounding the site to the north and east, and the Roman River valley forming the southern boundary; the earthworks were mostly designed to close off the western gap between these two river valleys.Below I select my likely starting XI for the trip to Accrington, assessing the options open to the U’s management staff. The 25-year-old was ever-present in League Two last season, after the previous year’s knee injury woes.If he can steer clear of injuries, then another 46 league appearances could be on the cards.Middlesex, Sussex and Wessex) during the Heptarchy.Originally recorded in AD 527, Essex occupied territory to the north of the River Thames, incorporating all of what later became Middlesex (which probably included Surrey) and most of what later became Hertfordshire.