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11 February 2020 Venue JobServe Community Stadium Attendance

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Match Report: Colchester United 2-3 Grimsby Town

Arise Sir Charles. A Charles Vernam hattrick sees Town come away from Essex with three points.

11 February 2020

The Mariners will return from Essex with all three points – thanks to an inspired Charles Vernam's first hattrick. 

Town boss Ian Holloway made five changes going into the game, with Elliot Hewitt, Ludvig Öhman, Bradley Garmston, James Tilley and Matt Green coming into the starting line-up. 

Town's back three were Waterfall, Öhman and Glennon, Hewitt and Garmston the wingbacks, with Benson and Whitehouse in the centre of the park, and Vernam and Tilley either side of Matt Green in the Mariners' attack. 

The home side took the lead on 17 minutes when a great strike from Prosser flew past a stranded James McKeown from just inside the box.

But the Mariners were level minutes later when man of the moment, Charles Vernam, tucked away his third goal in four games.

It looked to be heading into the break all square, but the hosts had other ideas. The Mariners failed to clear a corner with the ball falling to a United attacker, his effort was well saved by McKeown but the Town stopper could do nothing to prevent Robinson mopping up.

Half Time: Colchester United 2-1 Grimsby Town

Town started the second half well and got a deserved equaliser on 66 minutes. A great cross from the right by Hewitt eventually found its way to Vernam lurking at the far post, with the Town frontman squeezing the ball past Gerken in the U's goal.

Three minutes later, who else, Charles Vernam grabbed Town's third at his third goal of the game. And what a goal it was. Town won the ball on the edge of their own box, Whitehouse fed Vernam, who was halfway inside his own half, the number 18 ran and ran, beating four players along the way, before firing the ball past Gerken and into the bottom right-hand corner.  

What a comeback from the Mighty Mariners.

Another fantastic performance by Town and that man Charles Vernam.

Action & Reaction coming up.

The Mariners are next in action on Saturday when Morecambe are the visitors to Blundell Park.

United: Gerken, Jackson, Bramall, Prosser, Pell, Robinson, Comley, Harriott, Eastman, Stevenson, Nouble.

Subs: Ross, Sowunmi, Senior, Norris, Clampin, Gambin, Poku.

Town: McKeown (c), Hewitt, Waterfall, Öhman, Glennon, Garmston, Benson, Whitehouse, Tilley, Vernam, Green.⁣

Subs: Russell, Pollock, Hendrie, Clarke, Grandin, Wright, Hanson.

Attendance: 2,954 (279)

Referee: Will Finnie

Possession: United 46%-54% Town

Next Up: Morecambe (H)

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🚌Travelling To Colchester? Read Our Essential Guide Before You Set Off

Here's our SLO's guide to Colchester United.

10 February 2020

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Colchester United

What’s the ticket information?

Tickets are available on the night and can be purchased either by cash or card from the ticket office.



Over 65


Armed Forces personnel (with ID)






U11 (with accompanying adult)


Additional U11


How do I get to the ground?

Postcode for the ground is CO4 5UP

The stadium is located alongside the A12 at Junction 28. 

Where is the best place to park?

The ground itself has its own carpark but this must be pre-booked with the club: Parking.

The immediate area around the JobServe Community Stadium is under a Parking Exclusion Zone on match days. This covers existing Clearways as well as nearby residential areas.  These are patrolled on match days to please watch out of signs.

There are a number of car parks in the town centre but this is a fair distance away and the Park and Ride is not available for midweek games.

What is the nearest train station to the stadium and what is the approximate distance and walking time?

The nearest train station is the Colchester North Station or you have Colchester Station. This is a good 40-minute walk away but there are plenty of taxi’s around to make the journey to the stadium quicker.

Recommended pubs for away fans?

Away fans more than welcome in the Legends Bar at the ground.  This is located outside of the stadiums Main Stand and is CASHLESS.

Other than that, the Dog & Pheasant on Nayland Road, which is about ¾ mile away from the stadium and also serves food. A heads up that they don’t always admit away fans wearing colours.

The Bricklayers Arms on Bergholt Road is directly opposite the Colchester North Stadium.  This pub has real ale.

Alternatively, there are plenty of pubs in Colchester Town Centre. 

Food available in the area?

Hot Shots Café at the ground – this is cashless

There is a Mcdonalds on the opposite side of the dual carriageway, the Dog & Pheasant for pub grub or the town centre for numerous outlets.

When do turnstiles open?

Turnstiles will open at 6:30pm. 

Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?

The BP Station across the A12 junction has a cash machine (may charge) as well as Natwest bank on the Colchester Business Park.

What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags into the stadium?

Flags are allowed as long as they have the fire-retardant labelling.

What food and drink is available on the concourse at the stadium?

The away end will be serving alcohol as well as the usual food and drink items.  All purchases can be made by cash or card.

Information for disabled fans travelling.

Wheelchair based fans will have access to a viewing deck, with a lift to access this. Stewards will be on hand to assist where required.

Disabled parking has now sold out in the stadium's car park.

Any further questions – Chris, Colchester United’s DLO, can be contacted via or 01206 755130

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