'We will look at their strengths and weaknesses and pitch a team against them'

The return of some key players will boost the strength in depth Exeter City have as they head to Colchester United on Saturday.

Midfielder Ryan Harley and Jordan Tillson both came on as second-half substitutes in last Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Forest Green Rovers having spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury. And Robbie Simpson, who has been out since February after breaking his leg in the early stages of a 2-2 draw with Blackpool, is back in full training. 

“We have got a good strong base,” said Tis, who will be without Troy Brown, Lee Holmes, Simpson and Ryan Brunt for the match against Colchester.

“Ryan Harley came back into the fray last week at Forest Green as did Jordan Tillson.

“Robbie Simpson is in full-time training again. He is, not yet, match fit but suddenly there are players coming into the squad again and we have got options. So, I am feeling quite confident about that squad working into the second half the season.”

The Grecians go into Saturday’s match fourth in the League Two table, but in-form Colchester United will provide a stern test as they have only lost two of their last 11 league games.

“They have really picked up and they look a good side at the moment,” said Tis. “However, with every game we play we look at their strengths and their weaknesses and we pitch our team against them.

"It is a very tight league and it is about consistency. It is often more about what you don’t do wrong than how much things you do right. If you can have a level of consistency and a safe, considered approach you can win more games than you lose. We have to start with a strong, considered approach and work from there.

“However, Colchester are a side that can win games and they have been very good at home. It is a long trip but one we want to win.”