Colchester v Town – Preview

Photo Credit: Colchester United Official Website

Tonight sees Ipswich Town in action at Colchester United, kicking off 19:30, and offers many Town fans the chance to see their team.

So far in pre-season Lambert has been more focused about minutes in the legs rather than any preferred system or line up, tonight that could change.

With the season opener only two weeks away tomorrow Lambert may start to give his preferred squad minutes with only Notts County (Tuesday) and Cambridge (next Saturday) to come before Burton on 3rd August.

There are still several positions Lambert needs to decide on, starting with the all important goalkeeper slot. Tomas Holy has been handed the number 1 shirt but that gives no indication that he will in fact start the season as number one.

Bartosz Bialkowski was set to move on this summer but his move to Millwall has left Lambert with perhaps a harder decision as he anticipated this summer. Both Bialkowski and Holy could feature tonight or Lambert May prefer to give each stopper 90 minutes (tonight and Tuesday at Notts County) before making his decision.

The defence seems the main area of focus with new additions certainly needed. With Toto Nsiala ruled out for the start of the season and Luke Chambers suspended for the season opener, that only leaves in-experienced duo Luke Woolfenden and Corrie Ndaba to deputise.

Lambert could see tonight as a ideal opportunity to partner the young duo at some stage tonight. Also don’t be surprised if James Wilson appears tonight as the former Lincoln defender has been training with the Blues this week.

Luke Garbutt will make his Town now tonight, perhaps in a more forward role than we initially thought, playing ahead of full back Myles Kenlock instead of replacing the young full back.

The trio of Alan Judge (wrist), Jon Nolan (calf) and Gwion Edwards (groin) have not featured in any game time as yet for Town this summer. Judge could feature tonight but the game has came to soon for Nolan and Edwards.

“Gwion is close to a return to training while Jon is at the AlterG [anti-gravity treadmill] stage,” Town physio Matt Byard told the Club website. 

After yesterday’s news Teddy Bishop, Toto Nsiala and Jack Lankester will be joining former Colchester forward Freddie Sears, Jon Nolan and Gwion Edwards in watching from the stands.

There is expected to be a large Town following at Jobserve Community Stadium tonight with well over 2,000 tickets sold. Tickets are still available to order online & collect at the stadium. Section E3 has been made available for Town fans.