Crawford hopes postponements don’t become a telling factor for U’s

Barrow AFC v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – SO Legal Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

Ray Crawford admitted he is concerned that Colchester United’s battle to avoid relegation could be hampered by a fixture pile-up caused by recent postponements.

The U’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Stockport County at the JobServe Community Stadium fell foul of the inclement weather last weekend: “It’s not the first time this season,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“Games in hand are all very well as long as you pick up points when they are played. But a fixture pile-up could leave us playing matches with very little recovery time at a crucial stage of the season.

“With the Stockport game postponed, we were somewhere between a rock and a hard place, with Sutton United and Forest Green Rovers facing fellow strugglers, Tranmere Rovers and Grimsby Town.

“Although the latter pair beat teh bottom two, keeping a five-point buffer between us and the relegation zone, Grimsby went above us, while Tranmere opened up an eleven-point advantage over us – sixteen over the bottom two. We are in danger of becoming involved in a mini-league of four or five teams, which I spoke about recently.”

Colchester made the long trip to Cumbria on Saturday and Crawford expressed the importance of taking something from the game.

“Barrowhave slipped out of the play-off places following three defeats on the bounce,” he added.

“It will be a tense occasion because both teams desperately need three points.

“I do not doubt that Danny and Nicky Cowley will leave no stone unturned in their preparations ahead of the game. I think it will be tight, and don’t forget, we are much harder to beat these days. But we need to play and we need to win because it’s too close for comfort at the bottom end of the table.”

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Barrow AFC 1-1 Colchester United 

Jeevesie’s prediction: Barrow AFC 1-0 Colchester United 

Brian Jeeves