COLCHESTER United boss Steve Ball has urged his side to go in search of their first away win of the season tonight.

The U’s travel to play Exeter City, with both sides currently residing in the League Two play-off places.

Colchester have been in good form, having taken seven points from a possible nine in their last three league games.

But they are still hunting for their first league victory on their travels after six attempts and boss Ball is hoping that will come at St James Park tonight (kick-off 7pm).

Ball said: “I want to get that away win – I want to get that monkey off my back a little bit and the team does, as well.

“But I’m not getting stressed about it – there’s not many defeats there and even they were two late goals in comeback games so I see a team that can go away from home and win games.

“I think we’re a team that teams fear and we have to use that as a tool, to start on the front foot.

“It’s another tough game but we’ll go there to win and our confidence right now is sky high.

“I have a group who are really, really confident that we can go and get the win.

“It’s a long trip but it’s one we’re looking forward to, especially after what happened there last year.”

Ball will have more key decisions to make tonight, after his substitutions paved the way for Colchester earning a point at Mansfield Town.

Luke Norris came off the bench to score from fellow substitute Callum Harriott’s assist, while Michael Folivi and Josh Bohui also came on and made an impact.

Ball said: “I’ve said it loads of times that if we’re going to achieve this year and if we’re going to have that real edge every day, we’ve got to have a competitive squad.

“I turned round and saw a really good bench with people missing as well like Tom Lapslie, Luke Gambin and Diaz Wright so that’s good for the future.”

Bohui has made nine appearances for Colchester since joining them on a free transfer from Dutch club NAC Breda last month but eight of them have been as a substitute.

The 21-year-old former Manchester United youngster is now beginning to show his talent, according to boss Ball.

Ball added: “We’re beginning to see a bit more from Josh now.

“He’s been adapting again to English football – he’s been in Holland for a little while and it’s taken him a little bit more time.

“He’s a really good kid and he wants to do well and he put in a great cross for Mike’s (Folivi’s) chance (against Mansfield).

“I think he’s getting there now on the physical side, which is important for him.”