ANDY BOOTH is fighting fit and gunning for new leaders Colchester at the Galpharm on Saturday.
Town's frontline talisman has not completed 90 minutes this year but hopes to put that right against Phil Parkinson's side after working doubly hard in training this week.
Colchester won their 10th successive match last night to go top, beating Scunthorpe 1-0 with a Chris Iwelumo strike in front of just 4,416, and they will be hot favourites to add Town's scalp this weekend.
Booth is having none of it, however, and believes Town can bounce back from their deflating 2-1 defeat to 10-man Tranmere last Friday, when he was an effective second-half substitute.
"We know we could be a lot higher up the table, but we've got to forget about the last couple of months and focus on the Colchester game and putting some wins together," said Booth today.
"We have to look forward and be very positive, because we are not far away. It is great to have a big game to prepare for and it's a chance to get ourselves off and running again with a victory, knowing we are in position to challenge again."
On his fitness, Booth added: "I am feeling fine and it was good to get 45 minutes under my belt.
"I'm not 100% just yet but I'm getting there with a good week's training under my belt."
Nathan Clarke is nursing sore knees and Michael Collins remains under treatment, while Andy Holdsworth is suspended for the big game. Danny Adams and Chris Brandon are both still suffering illness and out of training.
Danny Schofield returned to action for the Reserves with the equaliser in yesterday's 1-1 draw at Rotherham.