COLCHESTER United leap out of the frying pan and into the fire tonight when they welcome League Two pacesetters Swindon Town to the JobServe Community Stadium.

Taxing fixtures are coming thick and fast for John McGreal's men and this evening's contest comes just four days after their trip to another of the title contenders, second-placed Exeter City,

The U's emerged with a creditable point from a goalless draw in Devon and will be looking to build on those positives against the high-flying Robins.

However, once again, it won't be easy against a side that have won 17 and drawn five of their 29 matches.

Richie Wellens side have already amassed 56 points and have a seven-point buffer over fourth-placed Crewe Alexandra.

You would therefore think anything less than automatic promotion would be a disappointment.

Swindon look a class act in the division but their recent form is far from unblemished.

They have only won three of their last six matches, losing 2-0 at both Port Vale and Newport County in recent contests away from the County Ground.

They were also held to a share of the spoils against Bradford, although underlined their title credentials with a no-nonsense, routine 3-0 success against Vale on Saturday.

Diallang Jaiyesimi's deflected effort put them ahead four minutes before the break and they doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time.

Playmaker Michael Doughty picked out Rob Hunt with a sensational through ball and Hunt cut it back for debutant Hallam Hope to slide in his first goal three days after joining from Carlisle United.

Doughty finished matters on the hour by curling in a majestic free-kick.

Striker Eoin Doyle is the Robins' top scorer with 23 goals.