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Andy Phillips previews the visit of Colchester United on Tuesday night.

26 September 2017

Town will have a quick chance to bounce back from defeat at the weekend on Tuesday night when they host Colchester United at Blundell Park (7:45pm).

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Russell Slade's men lost 1-0 at Newport County on Saturday after three wins in their previous four games and after successive home victories over Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town prior to this fixture, they will be looking to continue their good form in front of their own fans against a side that have struggled on the road so far this season in the U's.

This is the first of two home games this week and with the local derby against Lincoln City looming on Saturday afternoon, the Town boss will be eager to keep his players focused on this game first and foremost.

Slade says changes are likely

Boss Russell Slade said in his press conference on Monday that changes were likely with three games in a week, and mentioned that Siriki Dembele could be rested for the fixture, which could see Diallang Jaiyesemi come in after impressing in his cameo against Newport at the weekend.  

Zak Mills is likely to miss out again but is coming ever closer to full fitness and could be back for the derby clash with Lincoln City over the weekend, whilst Akwasi Asante, Chris Clements and Sean McAllister are all continuing their recovery from injuries that have seen them miss the majority of the early season.

Colchester will be without midfielder Tom Lapsie after he picked up his fifth booking of the season at the weekend and will serve a one match ban as a result, but John McGreal's side will welcome back striker Mikael Mandron to the fold after he completed a suspension of his own.

A difficult start for the U's 

It has been a tough start to the season for Colchester United thus far, and they sit in 20th place heading into the game.

Boss John McGreal lamented his side's inability to turn chances into goals at the weekend following their first home defeat of the season against Wycombe Wanderers, and he will be wanting to see an improvement with the U's yet to pick up a point on the road at the start of the season. 

The highlight of their season so far has been a 5-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers so they do have goals in them, and will be looking to convert more of their chances to climb up the table and make a push for the play-off places.

McGreal took over in May 2016 following the club's relegation from League One and his side narrowly missed out on the play-offs last campaign with an 8th placed finish, so one would expect them to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

Diminutive attacking midfielder Sammie Szmodics has already hit four goals this season and will be the one to watch out for after missing the tail end of last season with a broken leg, whilst they also have plenty of experience in winger Kyel Reid and former Port Vale man Doug Loft.

A win a piece last campaign

The two sides both shared a victory a piece in their two meetings last campaign.

Town's visit to the Colchester Community Stadium in August 2016 saw a nightmare start as they went 3-0 down within half an hour against the U's, but second half goals from Craig Disley and Omar Bogle kept things interesting in a 3-2 defeat.

The teams then met at Blundell Park in February, with a Sam Jones goal just before the break giving Town a 1-0 victory after a spirited backs to the wall job in the second half.

Town and Colchester have met 30 times over their history, with the U's winning 14 of those, Town winning 12 and there being six draws.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: ''Colchester have been good at home, they've been playing three centre-backs by in large with two athletic win backs and they're a  threat with what they've got in the side. They've got threats and it's all about doing it right in the day and doing it up top. I'm looking for a strong performance individually and collectively and of course the points are invaluable as they are to all of us. ''

John McGreal: ''It’s all about the mind now – it’s about resetting the mind to put in a performance on Tuesday. Yes, we have a poor record away from home but I’ve said to the boys that they must be hurting after that performance (against Wycombe) to come away with nothing. We’ll be looking for a reaction and it just so happens that we’re away from home, so it’ll be interesting to see how we react.''

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Match Report: Grimsby Town 2-2 Colchester United

Town come from behind twice to earn a point.

26 September 2017

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JJ Hooper celebrates after scoring against Colchester United.

A late penalty from substitute Sam Jones earned Grimsby Town a point after Colchester United had twice taken the lead at Blundell Park.

The visitors, without an away win so far this season, took the lead through Kyel Reid with just five minutes on the clock but Town responded quickly as JJ Hooper equalised within two minutes.

Colchester went back in fromt 13 minutes after half-time when Reid scored his second of the game and they had looked set for victory but Town fought back again, with Jones levelling the scores from the spot to ensure the game ended with honours even.

Three changes were made to the Grimsby starting XI after the defeat at Newport on Saturday, with Scott Vernon, Hooper and Luke Summerfield coming in as Jones, Jamille Matt and Mitch Rose dropped out.

James McKeown started in goal, with Ben Davies, Nathan Clarke, Danny Collins and Paul Dixon forming an unchanged defence.

Siriki Dembele, James Berrett, Summerfield and Martyn Woolford were the midfielders, with Vernon and Hooper making up the strike partnership.

Jones, Rose and Matt were all named among the substitutes, along with Ben Killip, Karleigh Osborne, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Harry Cardwell.

Colchester arrived in Cleethorpes without a point from their games on the road so far this campaign and with only one away win in the calendar year to date.

Their team included former Town loanee Brandon Comley, who spent much of last season at Blundell Park on loan from Queen's Park Rangers.

Colchester made the brighter start to the game, winning early corners and controlling the play in the opening stages.

And they opened the scoring on five minutes, when the Mariners failed to fully clear their lines from a corner and REID hit a low shot from 25 yards which beat the unsighted McKeown and hit the back of the net.

Grimsby's response was swift and as it turned out, they were behind for less than two minutes.  A ball over the top was chased by HOOPER and after it came down for him, he held off a defender on the edge of the box before slotting past visiting keeper Sam Walker for 1-1.

A stoppage came when Hooper went down with an injury on 10 minutes but he was passed fit to play on after receiving treatment.

Woolford let fly with a long-range effort soon afterwards but coul only watch as it flew over Walker's bar.

Striker Brandon Hanlon was brought down to give Colchester a free kick in a central position on 19 minutes but when the shot came in from it, McKeown was able to dive to his left and stop it.

Town had an opportunity to attack with a free kick from the right two minutes later an after it was sent into the box by Davies, Clarke's header fell for Summerfield but his volley went well over the bar.

Comley was shown the first yellow card of the evening for a poor challenge from behind on Hooper but the resulting free kick was not well executed, with Dixon's low ball running away from Vernon and out for a goal kick.

At the other end, a long thrown from the visitors evntually led to a cornr when a shot was deflected over the bar but the low ball from the flag was easily cleared by Summerfield.

A free kick for a foul by Davies just after the half-hour caused no problems as it led to an offside decision, before a push on Dembele gave the Mariners a free kick of their own in a promising position.  Davies' ball was headed away before Clarke could get on the end of it and a foul by Berrett fully relieved the pressure on the away defence.

Another free kick came at the side of the Town penalty area on 38 minutes but again, the delivery into the box was dealt with.

A run from Dembele came to an end when he slipped near the edge of the Colchester box as the Mariners looked to create some danger, before a long throw from Clarke was headed clear.

A foul on Davies gave the hosts another chance to get the ball into the penalty area and after Colchester were unable to clear their lines from it, the ball was returned into the box by Berrett and it eventually dropped for Dembele, whose low shot crashed back off the far post and stayed out.

Two added minutes were signalled as Town continued to attack, with a corner from the right being punched clear from danger by Walker in what proved to be the last action of the half.

The Mariners had stepped up in the closing stages of the half and would look to continue that momentum into the second half as they aimed to grab the advantage.

No changes were made before the restart and as mist descended on Blundell Park, Town had the first opportunity to attack wih a free kick given for a push on Vernon, although Woolford's delivery from the right went straight to Walker.

Right-back Ryan Jackson hit a cross which landed on the roof of the net, before a Grimsby penalty appeal was turned down after Dembele went down inside the box.

Woolford looked to have gone close after letting fly with an effort from 25 yard on 56 minutes, which some of th home fans thought had gone into the net in the fog.

But instead, when the second goal came, it was the visitors who reclaimed the advantage.  After an excellent build-up, it was REID who was again on target, working some space inside the penalty area before bending a shot beyond McKeown and in off the far post.

A corner was cleared as Town again looked for a quick response to going behind, before dembele won another flag-kick as the pressure continued, althoug Woolford's delivery was taken by keeper Walker.

Matt replaced Hooper in Grimsby's first substitution three minutes after the hour, before a Berrett header was stopped by Walker after Davies' cross, with the fog now lifting.

A foul by Davies on Reid led to a free kick for the visitors but Kane Vincent-Young's ball from it was headed over the bar.

A double substitution for the away side saw Sammie Szmodics and Cameron James replace Hanlon and Reid, with Jaiyesimi coming on for Woolford in the colours of the Mariners at the same time.

Another home penalty appeal came soon afterwards, with the referee instead pointing for a corner, which was eventually dealt with by the Colchester defence.

Substitute Szmodics had to be replaced himself soon after coming on, as he went down with what looked to be a bad leg injury and had to be carried from the field on a stretcher.  Sean Murray came on in his place, while Grimsby's last change was made at the same time and saw Jones sent on for Vernon.

Town won a corner as the clock ticked into the last 10 minutes but after the ball from the flag bounced around the box, nobody in black and white was able to force it into the net.

Vincent-Young was booked for time-wasting at a throw-in as Colchester looked to win the clock down an hol onto their avantage.

Another Mariners corner was headed away, before Walker caught Davies' retun ball into the penalty area with five minutes left to play.

Town looked to be heading towards defeat but they were thrown a lifeline with two minutes to go when Matt was fouled in the box by defender Ryan Innes and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.  JONES made no mistake from 12 yards, stepping up and finding the net for 2-2.

Six added minutes were signalled, with Town now pushing for what may previously have seemed an unlikely winner.

Berrett was booked for a foul, then a free kick from the Town left was driven into the box but  a snap-shot was stopped by Walker.

Town kept going but were ultimately unable to force a winner and were forced to settle for a point.

They are next in action on Saturday, when Lincoln City are the visitors to Blundell Park.


Town

James McKeown 
2 Ben Davies 
3 Paul Dixon 
6 Danny Collins 
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
7 James Berrett  
27 Siriki Dembele 
19 Luke Summerfield 
25 Martyn Woolford 72' 
21 Scott Vernon 78' 
9 JJ Hooper 64'

Subs

30 Ben Killip 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 72' 
10 Sam Jones 78'
8 Mitch Rose 
17 Harry Cardwell 
29 Jamille Matt 64'

Colchester Utd

1 Sam Walker 
2 Ryan Jackson
22 Kane Vincent-Young 
6 Frankie Kent (C) 
26 Ryan Inniss 
14 Brandon Comley 
8 Doug Loft 
17 Kyel Reid 
19 Mikael Mandron 
7 Drey Wright 
21 Brandon Hanlan 

Subs

29 Rene Gilmartin 
35 Cameron James 
3 Lewis Kinsella   
16 Sean Murray 
10 Sammie Szmodics 
15 Nicke Kabamba 
27 Sanmi Odelusi 


Attendance: 3,438 (89)


Referee: Darren Drysdale

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🎫 Next Up: Colchester United (H)

The U's visit Cleethorpes on Tuesday night.

24 September 2017

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Next up for the Mariners is Colchester United on Tuesday night at Blundell Park (7.45pm). 

The U's are currently 20th in the Sky Bet League Two table, having started the season with two wins, two draws and five defeats. John McGreal's side have yet to record a victory on their travels this season.

Former Town loanee Brandon Comley is currently on loan at United from QPR.

Early Bird Tickets

Early Bird tickets are on sale right up until tea time on the day of the game.  You can book your EB tickets Online, by calling 01472 605050, or from the Blundell Park ticket office.  

Tickets for Saturday's derby fixture against Lincoln City can also be bought at Early Bird prices. 

Early Bird tickets are not available in the Upper Youngs Stand. 

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