THE big games keep coming for Colchester United and tomorrow's date with promotion rivals Cheltenham Town could prove a defining moment in their League Two campaign.

Both sides are in the thick of the promotion battle, with the Robins fifth - one place and five points better off than John McGreal's men.

Like the quartet above - Swindon Town, Crewe Alexandra, Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle - they also have the added bonus of a game in hand, having played 34 games to Colchester's 35.

Cheltenham head east on the back of a stunning run of four straight wins, culminating with Tuesday's 2-1 success against Northampton Town.

In fact, they have won five of their last six, a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United blotting the copybook, two of their last 12 and three of their last 19.

The latter sequence includes eight draws but Michael Duff's side are clearly a tough nut to crack and, based on their last ten results, they are top of the form table, having accrued a point more than Plymouth.

Whaddon Road has become something of a fortress and they have won their last six games there.

However, the Gloucestershire side are less keen on travelling.

They have only won two of their last ten on the road, drawing six, although they were successful on their last outing, to Carlisle United, returning home with maximum points from a 1-0 victory.

Three Cheltenham players are currently leading the club's goal charts with seven goals apiece - Alex Addai, Ryan Broom and former Ipswich Town man Luke Varney.

Colchester travelled to Cheltenham in late November and pocketed a point from a 1-1 draw.

Luke Norris fired them into a first-half lead before Conor Thomas levelled from the penalty spot after 70 minutes.

However, the U's had the upper hand in last season's meetings - winning 3-1 at Whaddon Road and 3-0 at the JobServe Community Stadium.