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Dunne calls for Essex Senior Cup changes
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne has called for a revamp of the Essex Senior Cup.
The U’s boss believes the current scheduling of the competition is wrong and can be detrimental to professional clubs.
Dunne believes ties should be played earlier in the season to avoid potentially dangerous pitches and postponements.
Colchester travel to play Essex Senior League leaders Great Wakering Rovers in a third-round tie tonight (7.45pm kick-off).
Dunne said: “Why can’t these games be spread over a whole season and be played when the pitches are good?
“We could have a gap and when the weather starts to get better in springtime, we could get it all done then.
“Or you could start it when you’re coming towards the end of pre-season.
“It would be a competitive game going into your league campaign and then you would have some of the games out of the way.
“We could then come into the cup in the third round in September and have a bit of a break for the winter pitches.
“The Essex FA will probably turn round and say that there’s a big fixture congestion, with the amount of games that are played.
“But I just think it’s something that we need to look at and we need to give the best for everybody.
“We played Hornchurch in the final a couple of years ago - we played it in pre-season and that’s not a problem to us.
“There was a good crowd, it was played in warm weather and it was perfect.”
Dunne says he also has concerns over the pitches his side might have to play on in the Essex Senior Cup.
He said: “I love the competition and we’ve taken it seriously over the last few years.
“This isn’t meant to be disrespectful to any of the non-league teams we play.
“But a league standard pitch and a non-league standard pitch are two different things.
“I’ve played in the non-league, so I know what it’s like.
“But the pitches may not stand up and sometimes there is ice or no grass on them and the players are in danger.”
Ryan Dickson, Tom Eastman and Tosin Olufemi have all been named in the U's squad for tonight's game at Great Wakering Rovers.
Goal hero Macauley Bonne has also been included, along with the likes of Sammie Szmodics and Mark Cousins.
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