Papa John’s Trophy victors 2020, Salford City, host Colchester United this coming Tuesday at 19:00 BST, as the Ammies look to carry Saturday’s jubilance into the league.
Salford are fresh from their silverware lift over Portsmouth on Saturday, as Richie Wellens’ side enjoyed a 24-hour reign of the Papa John’s Trophy and their first achievement in the EFL.
The Ammies aren’t in the greatest of form, however, with just two wins in their last seven and hindering their chances of reaching the League Two play-offs.
Colchester are having a season to forget, currently having the 22nd best form in the division and sitting in 20th place.
With just one win in their previous 18, Wayne Brown’s men will take solitude in the fact that Salford have never beaten the U’s in their history.
Wellens’ will have a number of players back available, after being ineligible for the final, as Di’Shon Bernard, Tom James, Robbie Gotts, Paul Coutts and George Boyd all come back into the first-team picture.
Darren Gibson remains a long-term absentee after becoming injured in October.
Colchester will be without first-team goalkeeper Dean Gerken and Tom Lapslie, although the latter may face a late fitness test.
Salford City: Hladky; Bernard, Clarke, Turnbull, Touray, Coutts, Threlkeld, Thomas-Asante, Towell, Hunter, Henderson
Colchester United: George; Welch-Hayes, Eastman, Smith, Clampin, spell, Sarpong-Wiredu, Senior, Brown, Harriott, Nouble
Ones to watch
Perhaps not the first name that comes to mind when you think of Salford, but Hunter has been a revelation on the left-wing this season.
With four Man of the Matches, six goals, five assists and being a large reason why Salford have the second-most shots on target averaged in the league, Hunter is a nuisance on the wing and has tormented opposition defenders this season.
A similar shout to Hunter, Harriott is another devil down the left side and utilises his pace and power to cause headaches for the opposition.
Harriott is Colchester’s top assister and scorer, with eight goals and five assists, and boasts the second-highest average rating in the squad. Linking up well with the likes of Frank Nouble or Jeavani Brown, Harriott is one of the most feared wingers in the division.
These two sides have only ever locked horns twice, but both times Colchester have ran out the winners. Previously, goals from Kwame Poku and Harriott cancelled out Hunter’s goal to grant the U’s three points in Lancashire.
How to watch
The match is available on iFollow via Salford or Colchester’s respective club websites, with match passes at £10 for those in the United Kingdom.