TOWN will vote to reduce the number of teams relegated from Division II next season.
As clubs meet in Chester for tomorrow's annual meeting of the Football League, Town are set to back a proposal aimed at cutting the number of promoted clubs from the Third Division next season.
Just days after earning promotion through the play-offs as the fourth-placed club, some might think it hypocritical to vote in favour of the suggestion being made by Colchester United.
Club chief executive Andrew Watson shares some of those concerns, but he feels Town have to put self-interest first on this occasion.
"While we don't anticipate being at the wrong end of the table, the proposal is effectively for one fewer relegation place and we have to vote for that," he said.
"Colchester believe the Third Division should be brought in line with all the others and have just three promoted clubs.
"They want it to come in straight away for the 2004-05 season, so it will be interesting to listen to all the arguments about the issue."
Mr Watson and club secretary Ann Hough will represent Town at today's initial get-together and also at the annual meeting.
Among items on the agenda are the use of sin bins in League matches - Coca Cola take over as sponsors from Nationwide for next season - the possible seeding of the League Cup and goalline technology.
"I've been a rugby league fan all my life and sin bins seem to work in that, but I'm not sure it's for football," said Mr Watson.
"It seems they want to punish a first offence with a yellow card, have a 10-minute sin bin for a second offence and then any third offence would result in a red card.
"The good thing about it is that any team with a persistent offender would be punished by being down to 10-men against their immediate opposition, rather than it benefiting someone else two weeks down the line through a suspension.
"I'm not convinced about goalline technology, either.
"It's only an issue three or four times a season and I reckon they even themselves out.
"Look at our experience against Mansfield this season. At home, Andy Booth had a goal disallowed because it was said the ball had gone out of play when, on the video, it doesn't look anywhere near.
"Had that been allowed to stand we would have been 2-0 up and possibly promoted automatically, but imagine if Mansfield's disallowed goal in the final had been allowed to stand on video evidence that the ball had stayed in play. We wouldn't have been too happy then and it's the perfect example of things evening themselves out."