November 19, 2022 Football Match
When Colchester United hosts Doncaster Rovers at the JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday, they will be attempting to climb out of last place in League Two.
The away team is still two points out of the playoff spots, but a victory would likely keep them within striking distance of the top seven.
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Colchester had a poor start to the season, losing five of their first nine league contests; as a result, they fired manager Wayne Brown.
Matt Bloomfield, who took over for him, hasn’t fared any better, as his team is currently two points from safety despite having played one more game than Gillingham in 22nd position.
Beginning with a victory over Harrogate Town in his second match in charge of the Essex club, Bloomfield showed promise in his leadership.
However, since then, the U’s have had nothing to celebrate, losing their last six league games without a victory and being eliminated from the FA Cup at the beginning of November.
Colchester most recently lost to Crewe Alexandra despite having six shots on target compared to their opponents’ three. It was the same old Colchester story as the U’s conceded a late Dan Agyei goal to seal the U’s fate.
In their first season back in League Two, Doncaster are ranked 10th, two points behind Mansfield Town in seventh position, who hold the final playoff slot.
The opponents on Saturday have already parted ways with a manager this year; Gary McSheffrey was fired in October after a run of seven points from eight games, with a defeat at Carlisle United being the breaking point.
Danny Schofield, the new manager, has had a mixed start to his tenure. He began it with a draw away at Crewe Alexandra before losing to Stevenage in his first match at the Eco-Power Stadium.
Since then, Donny’s league performance has improved. They first defeated Gillingham 1-0 at home before defeating Grimsby Town on the road to earn all three points.
But in between those two matches, Schofield’s team suffered a particularly disappointing defeat, losing at home to National League team King’s Lynn Town and exiting the FA Cup in the first round.