KANE Vincent-Young has urged Colchester United supporters to stay fully behind them in what they hope will be a memorable 2019.

The U’s play their first game of the New Year when they travel to play Crawley Town this afternoon and head into the clash in joint third spot in League Two.

John McGreal’s side are only being kept out of the automatic promotion places on goal difference and despite two disappointing home results, full-back Vincent-Young says there is plenty to be cheery about.

Vincent-Young said: “It’s easy to lose sight of what we’ve done this year and we’re in a great position.

“We’ve had a couple of results that haven’t gone our way but that’s testament to us and the standards that we’ve set that.

“It happens – you have blips and we’ll be back, I’m sure.

“I want to wish all of the Colchester United supporters a happy new year.

“Keep supporting the team as you have been and hopefully come the end of the season, we’ll be in and amongst it and promotion is the goal.

“Stick with us and keep supporting the team and we’ll do our best.

“We haven’t achieved anything because it’s not May yet but we’re in a good place and touch wood, 2019 is a good one for us.

“We want to go out and win points and we’re still an upbeat squad.”

Vincent-Young is set to play through the pain barrier again today against Crawley as he continues to nurse a troublesome toe injury.

The 22-year-old, who was outstanding in Colchester’s 0-0 draw with Morecambe, has not been training because of the ailment.

“It’s a weird one – I haven’t been able to train a great deal and it’s something that I’ve been managing,” said the former Spurs youngster.

“I want to be out there and I know I have to try and perform and keep my place in the team, because if you come out there’s lots of players who can come in and take your spot.

“It hurts but when you’re on the pitch and the adrenalin is flowing, it’s OK.

“When you sit down afterwards it’s painful but it’s worth it.

“As long as I can keep getting through games I will and it’s something I have to manage.”

Vincent-Young says he is enjoying his football for Colchester, having been one of their most regular starters this season.

He added: “I’m enjoying it – I feel like I’m playing well and my rhythm is coming back.

“I feel like I’ve got more to come and improvement to make so hopefully I can do that in the second half of the season.”