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🧐 The Opposition: Colchester United

We take an in-depth look at the U’s, ahead of Good Friday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with John McGreal’s men

17 April 2019

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Colchester United manager John McGreal

Grimsby Town aim to record their first win in 10 Sky Bet League Two games as they face Colchester United at the Colchester Community Stadium on Good Friday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s side secured their place in Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 last weekend as they drew 1-1 away at Morecambe, thanks to Charles Vernam’s late equaliser.

And the Mariners will be hoping Vernam can get on the scoresheet against ninth-place Colchester again this weekend – after he bagged his first professional goal in the 1-1 draw with the U’s last season.

But John McGreal’s side, who are five points outside the play-offs, have won just two of their last 10 league games.

And they will be hoping to return to winning ways, and climb back into the play-off places ahead of the run-in.

Last five league results

Colchester United: L, L, W, L, L

Grimsby Town: D, D, L, L, D

One to watch: Sammie Szmodics

The attacking midfielder is Colchester’s top goalscorer so far this season, with 12 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions, including 11 in the league.

The 23-year-old came through the youth academy at the Colchester Community Stadium, and has already made 138 first-team appearances – scoring 32 goals in that time.

And he will be hoping to score the goals which could help the U’s gain promotion back to League One, ahead of the final few games of the season.

Previous starting XI

McGreal went with a 4-2-3-1 formation as the U’s lost 2-0 to Bury at Gigg Lane on Saturday.

Rene Gilmartin started in goal, with a back four of Ryan Jackson, Luke Prosser, Frankie Kent, and Kane Vincent-Young.

Tom Lapslie and Sam Saunders anchored the midfield, with Courtney Senior, Sammie Szmodics, and Frank Nouble playing behind lone striker Mikael Mandron.

Last time out: Grimsby Town 1-0 Colchester United

The Mariners made it four league games unbeaten, with a fourth straight clean sheet, when the two sides met at Blundell Park in October.

Wes Thomas’ 65th-minute strike was the difference between the two sides as Town strengthened their head-to-head record against the U’s – they are currently unbeaten in four matches against Colchester.

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