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19 January 2018

Michael White
Russell Slade

TOWN will look to put their recent woes behind them when they head to Colchester United afternoon, and boss Russell Slade will see now as good a time as any to get three points on the board.

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The Mariners have struggled in recent weeks after encouraging performances against Luton Town and Notts County just before the New Year, and the combination of letting in goals whilst struggling to score them will be something that Slade will be eager to put to rest, starting with the trip to the Colchester Community Stadium.

They take on a Colchester side that are three points off the play-offs in 11th place and are without a win in four league games themselves, so both sides will be doing their upmost to get three points on the board.

Matt in the reckoning, Dembele a doubt

Town received a huge boost earlier in the week when it was announced that striker Jamille Matt's three match ban for being sent off against Newport County has been overturned, so the forward will be looking to and could come into the starting eleven.

Siriki Dembele has been struggling with a back injury as of late and is a doubt for the fixture after missing two more days of training this week, but boss Russell Slade is hopeful that he will be fit for the trip to Essex.

Colchester were boosted in the week by the news that former Town loanee Brandon Comley has signed for the club on a permanent deal from Queens Park Rangers, so he is very likely to figure against his former side. 

U's captain Luke Prosser could make his first start of the season after returning from injury last time out, whilst defender, but defender Courtney Senior looks to set to miss out with a knee injury for the home side.

Colchester looking to build on last season 

Colchester narrowly missed out on the play-offs on the final day of last season after finishing in 8th place under boss John McGreal, and they are still well positioned to have a chance again but will be looking for improvement after a tricky last few weeks.

McGreal took over following their relegation from League One last summer and has built an exciting looking squad for this level, so he will be hoping that things come together in the second half of the season.

The U's main strength this season has been their firepower, with players like former Forest Green Rovers striker Kurtis Guthrie, talented youngster Sammie Szmodics and big target man Mikael Mandron all providing threats in their own way.

Goals have dried up in recent weeks however, and after consecutive 4-1 and 3-1 defeats to Cheltenham Town and Wycombe Wanderers, the Mariners will surely be expecting a response from a talented group of players.

A share of the spoils last time out 

The two sides last met back in September in a 2-2 draw at Blundell Park, where Town had to come from behind twice to get a point.

Winger Kyal Reid's early opener as quickly followed by a JJ Hooper strike before the former West Ham winger struck again.

With the points looking lost, the Mariners nicked a draw thanks to an 89th minute penalty from Sam Jones.

Town and Colchester have met 33 times over their history, with United winning 14 and Town winning 12 as well as seven draws.

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Russell Slade: ''Everybody’s wanting to put it right. That’s the important thing, and whatever 11 we put out on Saturday, we’ll do everything we can to turn our fortunes around. It’s tough, it’s hard, but there’s a willingness to turn it around, and that’s the most important thing. 

''We’ve got some good types in the changing room. That will help because we don’t want confidence to slip away, we want to get back on it. I’ve been in the game long enough to know it can change so you work towards changing that, and that group of players is capable of turning it around, and we have to breed that confidence.

'' You’ve got to react in those situations, you’ve got to find a way through it, and I’m sure we will. We’re hopeful that we can turn it around as quickly as we can, and Saturday is the next opportunity to do that.''

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Match Report: Colchester United 1-1 Grimsby Town

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Grimsby Town were held to a 1-1 draw with Colchester United in Sky Bet League Two, despite Charles Vernam’s brilliant strike in the first half.

Town broke the deadlock on 37 minutes through Vernam’s wonderful left-footed effort from long-range as he opened his account for the club.

John McGreal’s men equalised two minutes into the second half through a powerful Murray strike on the edge of the Town area.

The first chance of the game came for the Mariners on four minutes when Vernam found space on the edge of the area, before his powerful low-driven shot was parried away by U’s keeper Walker, and cleared to safety by the home side.

And Walker was called into action again five minutes later when Berrett’s 25-yard volley caught him off-guard, and forced him into another good stop.

Russell Slade’s men almost broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when Osborne reacted quickly to fire a left-footed volley goalward, but it bounced off the bar and out for a goal-kick – leaving the home side breathing a huge sigh of relief.

The Mariners came close again on the half-hour mark when Summerfield’s glancing header at the front post was caught well by a good save from Walker.

But Vernam finally opened the scoring for Town on 37 minutes when his left-footed strike from 25 yards darted into the bottom-right corner to beat Walker.

Half time: Colchester United 0-1 Grimsby Town

The home side got back on level terms just two minutes into the second period when Murray fired it into the back of the net from the edge of the area, following a scramble in the Town box.

Town’s first effort of the second half came 10 minutes in when Vernam was denied a brace, as his strike on the turn was parried just over the bar by another great save from Walker.

Town were under slightly more pressure in the opening stages of the second period, but defended well through good challenges from Osborne, Clarke, and Summerfield.

Town had a chance to get back in front on 69 minutes when Berrett floated in a great ball from the left-hand side, but Davies couldn’t connect properly as his header flew just wide of the mark.

And the U’s came close a minute later when Wright sprinted down the right wing and cut in to the box, but Kean watched as his effort flew wide of the mark.

Full time: Colchester United 1-1 Grimsby Town

Colchester United

1 Sam Walker 
6 Frankie Kent 
26 Ryan Inniss 
18 Tom Eastman 
2 Ryan Jackson 
22 Kane Vincent-Young 
4 Tom Lapslie (C) 
16 Sean Murray 
28 Kurtis Guthrie 
10 Sammie Szmodics 
7 Drey Wright


29 Rene Gilmartin 
12 Cole Kpekawa 
5 Luke Prosser
14 Brandon Comley 
20 Courtney Senior 
19 Mikael Mandron 
27 Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe

Grimsby Town

33 Jake Kean 
2 Ben Davies 
3 Paul Dixon 
6 Danny Collins 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
7 James Berrett 
8 Mitch Rose 
19 Luke Summerfield 
29 Jamille Matt 
34 Charles Vernam 


30 Ben Killip 
12 Zak Mills 
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 
25 Martyn Woolford 
17 Harry Cardwell 
9 JJ Hooper 
21 Scott Vernon 

Attendance: 3016 (336)

Referee: Craig Hicks 

Next Up: Luton Town (H)

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Ticket News

Colchester United Away Ticket Update

15 January 2018

Tickets for Saturday's fixture at Colchester United are currently on sale.

We have received an initial allocation of 476 tickets in the North Stand for our away fixture at Colchester United on Saturday 20th January. 

In line with Colchester United's progressive pricing strategy, ticket prices have increased and are now as follows: 

Adult - £19
Concession (65+ & Armed Forces*) - £14
18-21 year old - £15
Under 18 - £11
Under 14 - £4.50
Under 11 - FOC* (1 per full paying adult/senior)
Additional U11 - £1.50 

Tickets will also be available on the day, but will also be subject to further price increase in line with Colchester United's progressive price structure. Ticket prices on the day will be as follows:

Adult - £21
Concession (65+ & Armed Forces*) - £16
18-21 year old - £17
Under 18 - £13
Under 14 - £5.00
Under 11 - FOC* (1 per full paying adult/senior)
Additional U11 - £2.00 

Tickets can be purchased direct from the Blundell Park ticket office, calling 01472 605050 or by visiting

Stadium car parking can be booked directly with Colchester, by visiting, subject to availability. 

*ID Required for Armed Forces Personnel.

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