SALFORD City manager Graham Alexander believes they will take on a 'very good' Colchester United team when they make their inaugural visit to the JobServe Community Stadium this weekend.

The Ammies boss is preparing his side for their trip to play the U's, in what will be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.

Salford, who were promoted from the National League via the play-offs last season, lie 12th heading into the match, two points and two places behind their hosts in the table.

With both sides holding aspirations of a top-seven finish in League Two this season, it is an important clash.

Speaking to the Salford City FC website, Alexander said: "It's another game for us to go and compete and try and win.

"It's been a fragmented month with some of the cup games and different opponents. "But it's been good to see the majority of the squad playing over that last month, which is always interesting for me as a manager.

"You want to see your players out there and see how they're taking their training into games and it always gives them the opportunity to showcase what they can do.

"But we know how important the league is and Colchester are a very good team.

"It's a tough venue to go to but it's one we're looking forward to.

"It'll be a football game and they pass the ball very well but we're going to try and go there, put them off their stride and play our own stuff.

"The performance on Tuesday (against Wolves under-21s) gave us great confidence going into Saturday's game and we can see the quality in our squad and our team.

"We can pass the ball, we can score goals - we just have to produce it on a more consistent basis and that's the target for us all."