WELL-PREPARED Peter Jackson is hoping his Essex training camp will help put an end to Town's November nightmares.

The Galpharm squad travelled today to a country hotel which has all the necessary training facilities ahead of Saturday's match at Colchester.

It's a vital Coca-Cola League I assignment at Layer Road, not just because Town need to keep firmly in touch with the play-off placings but because they've got a miserable run of November results to improve.

In five Novembers since the turn of the millennium, Town have played 23 matches in all competitions and won just two!

They've drawn only nine as well, which means 12 have been lost.

Jackson hopes to add to the win column against Phil Parkinson's side and explained today's early departure from Huddersfield.

"Travelling on a Friday is always an arduous business and, if we were to set off after training tomorrow, we could be on the road for anything up to six hours," he said.

"That's not what I want. Doing it this way, we can get to the hotel tonight, be fresh and ready for a detailed build-up to the game tomorrow and then we can fully relax and be ready to do battle.

"I expect it will be tough, because Layer Road is a tight ground and never an easy place to go and win points.

"Colchester are a useful side, too. I saw them draw 2-2 at Bradford a couple of weeks ago and they were impressive - particularly Craig Fagan up front, who was at Birmingham and Bristol City.

"Considering they don't get massive crowds there always seems to be a good atmosphere at Layer Road as well, so it's up to us to make sure we don't give them anything to shout about."

Jackson is keeping selection options under wraps but is delighted that John McAliskey and Tony Carss came through training sessions under the supervision of physio Lee Martin yesterday and were on the team bus when it headed down the A1 this afternoon.

So, too, was young defender John McCombe, who has recovered from the back injury he suffered in Monday's Pontin's League defeat at York, where he scored in a 2-1 reversal.