Welcome to View From The Opponents. This is a new feature that we will be putting out every week ahead of our upcoming matches this season. This weekend sees Colchester United set to take on The Beachboys at The Aspect Arena.

For Colchester, its been tough in recent years. After a few years of struggling in League 1 following their last placed finish in their 2nd season in the Championship way back in 2008, the U’s are now looking to start finding their feet once again in League 2 following 2 mixed years in the basement division of the Football League and this has all occurred following their move from Layer Road to the Colchester Community Stadium in 2008.

It has to be noted that Colchester have and continue to produce a lot of good youth talent whilst signing experienced players like they have done in recent years and we’ve felt the Colchester affect ourselves given past-players have learned and played their trade in North Essex.

We spoke with U’s fan Freddie Laider to find out more about the club:

What has it been like supporting Colchester during the last few years?

Supporting the club has been very tough in recent seasons. After our eventual relegation from League 1 in 2016, we are yet to find our way back. After what looked like a promising first season in League 2, we finished 1 point outside of the playoffs on a nervy and heartbreaking last day of the season. The 2017/18 season was one we should of pushed on from, but unfortunately we fell way below the mark and never looked like contesting for a playoff position.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming season ahead for the U’s?

At the start of the summer, I was very worried for the season coming up. However given our most recent recruits, we look to have our strongest squad since being in League 2 so I’m very hopeful of a promotion push and a possible promotion.

Who are the key players that we should be looking out for this Saturday?

With this being our under 23 side it’s hard to know who’s going to be there on the day, but here are a few names to look out for if playing and for the future.

Sam Warde – A talented midfielder who has been capped for the Republic of Ireland youth team. Has a good eye for goal and looks to be very promising. Also formally of Huddersfield Town.

Tariq Issa – Pacy winger who isn’t afraid to run at defenders and always tries to get a shot away. He’s been at the U’s since 2009 and has so far made 2 league appearances.

Ollie Kensdale – A versatile player who can operate in defence and midfield. He’s very commanding and collected on the ball. He can also start attacks very quickly when on the ball.

A little fact, a lot of the players playing today contributed in the amazing FA Youth Cup run which saw the Under 23 side get all the way to Quarter finals, losing out to Premier League youth side Arsenal.

We would like to thank Freddie for being the first contributor to this feature that we will be posting ahead of every Concord game during this season. We would also like to wish him and all of the Colchester fans all the best this season. His Twitter account is @Freddie_Laidler so please feel free to give him a follow.