COLCHESTER United head coach Steve Ball says he has been impressed by Harrogate Town's start to life in League Two.

The newly-promoted side have taken quickly to life in League Two and head into their game against the U's this afternoon on the back of three straight wins.

Colchester have also enjoyed a solid start to the new season, having lost only one of their opening seven matches so far.

But boss Ball admits Town will present a tough test for his side at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Ball said: “I’m really impressed with Harrogate.

“They have a good manager and a good structure to them.

“They’ve kept a lot of the team that got them up, last year.

“They work very, very hard for each other and they’ve shown that in their results, so far.

“We’ll obviously look to hurt them in areas where I feel we can – and I think we can.

“But they’ll come here on Saturday full of confidence and desire I’m sure and we’ll have to be at our best to beat them."

Jack Muldoon has been in particularly good form for Harrogate so far, hitting six goals already this season.

The 31-year-old has been prolific in non-league football and seems to be transferring that to EFL football.

“Jack Muldoon is one to watch," said Ball.

“He works very hard and is a good finisher.

“So far this season, you’ve seen the quality in some of the strikers in the division.

“I’m confident that we have the players to stop him but we’ll have to be at our best.

“There’s some good forwards in this league but Eastman and Smith are solid players to play against.

“As much as they will bring some quality on Saturday, I feel we have the players to stop them as well.

“They also have Jon Stead, who has had a fantastic career.

“He’s 37 now but still doing what he does.

“He holds the ball up really well and has lovely technique.

“I think what you find in this division is players later on in their career still have an abundance of quality and Jon will be a threat and we have to stop him."