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Barrow v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Holker Street – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Ray Crawford doffed his cap in the direction of Colchester United boss, Steve Ball, following the U’s unbeaten start to their Sky Bet League Two campaign.
A goalless draw at Bradford City was followed up with a two-goal triumph over Bolton Wanderers at the JobServe Community Stadium, drawing rich praise from their former frontman.
“Colchester have looked fresh and up for the challenge during these opening weeks of the season,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.
“Defensively, the team appear sound and we look like we have a goal or two in us as well. Jevani Brown took his chance really well. It was great to see Tom Eastman on the scoresheet as well – such a good servant to the club. It’s nice to be talking positively about Colchester during these tough times.”
Crawford was fully aware that the U’s now faced a difficult challenge against newly-promoted Barrow at Holker Street on Saturday.
“The Bluebirds are still looking for their first win since returning to the Football League, but their overall performances have been good,” the former U’s forward added.
“Barrow’s promotion has been one of the games great stories. I remember playing against them shortly before they were voted out of the league, more than fifty years ago. After everything they have been through since its great for the club and the town that they are back in.
“The town has bought into Barrow’s success. The people have backed the club and I’m sure, if they were allowed in, the old ground would have been full up on Saturday.
“Perhaps this is a good time for Colchester to go there? Playing them without that backing behind them might offer us an advantage? Either way, this will be a tough game.”
Crawford continued: “So far we have played teams I’d expect to be amongst those chasing promotion come the end of the season. I think Barrow will be in the top half, but we are perfectly capable of taking something from the match.”
Ray Crawford’s prediction: Barrow 1-1 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Barrow 1-2 Colchester United