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28 August 2015

The Iron travel to Colchester on Saturday and will hope to get a first away win of the season.

Mark Robins’ side did pick up a point in their last match against Millwall and are in confident mood following an impressive performance.

They travel to a Colchester side still looking for their first victory of the season after two draws and two defeats so far.

The U’s stayed up in dramatic circumstances last season, clinching survival on the final day, but have found it tough again this year.

Both of their points have come at home though so they will be hoping to build on that against the Iron on Saturday.

Mark Robins will have a strong squad available for the trip to Essex, which has been boosted further by the signing of Murray Wallace.

The defender joins on loan from Huddersfield and could make his debut at the weekend.

Assistant boss Ned Kelly confirmed that he expected Kevin van Veen, Sean McAllister and Jordan Clarke to be fit for the weekend.

Jamie Ness has not returned to training yet, so is likely to join long-term absentees Luke Williams and Niall Canavan on the sidelines.

Chris Porter’s goals could be vital if the U’s are to avoid a repeat of last season’s nail-biting finish to the campaign.

The striker netted seven times in 21 games from January last season and helped to transform the fortunes of the side.

The 31-year-old started at Bury, before moving to Oldham in 2005, enjoying two successful seasons with the club.

He then joined Motherwell and averaged around one in two at the Scottish Premier League side, prompting Derby to spend around £500k on him.

Porter’s spell at the Rams was marred by injury, restricting his appearances for the side and he joined Sheffield United on his release in 2011.

The striker enjoyed a decent spell with the Blades, but was allowed to leave in January and Colchester signed the striker on an 18-month deal.

Porter brings plenty of experience to the U’s side and has been named as their captain for the season.

There was late drama when the two times last met, with Hakeeb Adelakun netting a last minute equaliser to gain a point for the Iron in a 2-2 draw.

Theo Robinson’s strike had put Mark Robins’ side in a commanding position, but the hosts looked like they had turned the game.

Tom Eastman and Chris Porter struck in the 81st and 85th minute respectively and had seemingly given the U’s three vital points.

Deep into injury time, Adelakun’s effort found the back of net and saved a point for the Iron, which was another step towards safety.

It kept United five points above the bottom four with just three games remaining, while Colchester looked like they would need a miracle.

The U’s pulled off an unlikely escape though, picking up seven points from three games, with four of those coming against promotion chasers.

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