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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: United travel to Colchester at the weekend

A trip into Essex for the Blues

22 February 2019

Saturday's opponents sit just once place above the Blues as the teams share similar records through what has been an encouraging campaign thus far.

SzmodicsHaving appeared to drop off the pace through a sticky January, which yielded just one win from five outings, the U's have got themselves right back on track with an unbeaten February record.

Wins over Northampton and Cheltenham saw them score seven goals without reply, but their trip to Macclesfield last Saturday ultimately proved to be a frustrating one as they fell behind just before the break. A penalty from Frank Nouble brought them level, and that's how the game ended despite both sides creating decent chances through the closing stages.

Goals have been evenly spread this term with Sammie Szmodics (11), Luke Norris (8), Frank Nouble (7) and Harry Pell (6) the main protagonists with 32 goals between them.

That solid defensive base, coupled with an ability to fashion chances from anywhere, has made them a potent force as they battle to keep their place in the play-off ranks.


Manager’s thoughts ...

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the weekend game, manager Steven Pressley said: "Colchester are a side who got over a blip similar to the one we're experiencing now and they'll be looking to maintain their unbetaen run.

"They're deservedly in the top seven places because, having watched a number of their games, they're a good side with strong attacking options. We'll have to be able to deal with that but, and as I've said before, it's about us and how we do our business that really matters.

"We're looking to get back to winning ways because the confident feeling within the dressing room is still there. There are good players in this squad who can cause teams real problems with the way they move the ball and get forward, but we also must concentrate on keeping ourselves tight and compact so that we have a solid platform to build from.

"It's going to be another good game between two good sides and it's these games at this stage of the season that everybody wants to be involved in."

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Did You Know?

+ The U’s originally formed because Colchester’s existing team, Colchester Town, were reluctant to turn professional. Colchester United then stepped in as a professional outfit.

+ Colchester were named as the ‘Pride of Anglia’ in 2006/07 when they finished above local rivals Norwich and Ipswich in the Championship.

Lua Lua

+ Fans voted for a club ‘Cult Hero’ in 2004, with ex-Newcastle man Lomana Lua Lua coming out on top.


Head to Head

The sides have met on 46 occasions over the years with the U's slightly shading the victories with 19 to United's 17. 

  Carlisle wins Draws Colchester wins
League 17 10 18
League Cup 0 0 1
Total 17 10 19

Colchester were at Brunton Park just before Christmas for a game that went the way of the home side thanks to a blistering second half display. Hallam Hope had set the tone with a goal just before the break, and Jerry Yates, Jamie Devitt and Danny Grainger wrapped things up as they hit the back of the net in a second period which was all about the Blues.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The first meetings of these teams last season was for our October visit to Essex. It was a tight game, with both sides creating good chances, but a superb finish from Jamie Devitt proved to be the difference when he got on the end of a long ball forward before calmly slotting it beneath Walker's dive to find the bottom corner.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Back up at Brunton Park in February and Courtney Senior gave the visitors the upper hand with a well taken goal just before the break. The Blues came out for the second half in determined mood and Jamie Devitt pounced once more to claim a point for his side with just 10 minutes left on the clock.

Watch the highlights from that game here:



Man in the middle

Our referee for this game is Mr Trevor Kettle. Trevor has taken charge of 32 games this season showing 124 yellow cards and six reds.

He was last in charge of one of our games when we faced Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena in September 2017. Second half goals from Duckens Nazon and Peter Vincenti gave the Sky Blues a comfortable two-goal victory and Danny Grainger, Luke Joyce and Hallam Hope had their names taken on the day.

Referee - Trevor Kettle
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Kelly
Assistant Referee 2 - Rob Smith
Fourth Official - Stuart Butler


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: U's 1 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday away game

23 February 2019

United were in Essex on Saturday afternoon for their latest in a run of very tough fixtures.

There were welcome returns for defenders Tom Parkes and Danny Grainger, as they came back into the fold following short injury lay-offs, and striker Mark Cullen made his first start for the club at the point of the front line.

Carlisle started well and an early corner from O'Hare caused interest as it dropped invitingly inside the area. It was just too far away from Parkes for him to make a difference and Colchester were able to clear their lines.

The Blues had a fantastic chance to open the scoring with just five minutes on the clock when Scougall came away with possession in midfield. His crossfield pass found Hope in a good area, and he quickly rolled it back for Grainger to deliver.

It was a peach of a cross and Slater was disappointed not to finish it off as he sent a crunching header straight at Gilmartin from close range. The keeper spilled it, and Slater reacted first to backheel it along to O'Hare. He had to stab at it, as Prosser lunged in, and his effort whipped just past the post.

Colchester created a good moment of their own when Eisa twisted and turned on the edge of the box. He got his shot away but Collin dropped low to deal with it. 

United broke in numbers from the clearance from the keeper as Cullen flicked it on to meet a run from Hope. The striker had just one thing in mind and he made Gilmartin go full length to deal with the dipping shot.

Midfielder Stefan Scougall had a confident spell of running things in the middle of the park and a cheeky drop of the shoulder took him away from his man with plenty in support. Slater overlapped but his teasing cross was headed clear.

Excellent defending from Gary Liddle, making career appearance number 600, prevented Szmodics from having a clean sight of the target as Eisa worked hard to pick him out with Colchester struggling to find a way through. 

A tumble to the floor from Senior brought a shake of the head from the referee as he looked for a penalty after what had been a quiet spell for both sides, and Cullen received the same response as he went down heavily under a challenge from Prosser at the other end.

More good defending from Liddle saw him chest an attempted Nouble through ball safely back to Collin, but Carlisle were a whisker away from taking the lead when O'Hare latched onto a poor clearance from Gilmartin.

He sprinted into the box and a touch from Slater as the cross came in allowed Cullen time to send it back the other way. That was charged down, but the striker set himself for a volley, when the ball looped into his path, and that fizzed angrily towards the bottom corner. Kent stretched out a leg and he was extremely relieved to see his intervention cause the ball spin just past the gaping target.

A 24-yard Colchester free kick was wasted by Eisa as he cracked it over the wall just before the break, and it remained a very finely balanced game as the teams headed down the tunnel for the half-time team talk.

The U's came out of the blocks firing for the second half but more strong defending kept them at arm's length. Carlisle came up against a similar kind of defensive wall as they tried to make things happen with Hope and Scougall thwarted as they worked hard to open the game up.

A towering run from Kent saw him change defence into attack as he surged through midfield with the ball at his feet. Nouble took over and his cross bounced untouched beyond the far post.

United caused more danger when Grainger bent a free kick into the mix. It was put behind by Prosser as Gerrard jumped high.

Cullen almost found a way through as he beat his man and then aimed a low pass at O'Hare, but Vincent-Young was across to close it down before the nippy wide man could make it count. 

Carlisle stayed forward in numbers for the corner and Etuhu was on hand to recycle the pass as it was cleared from the box. O'Hare was in space and his precise low cross was contested by Cullen as he made a move. The ball spun loose from the challenge and Hallam Hope kept his eye on it before notching his eleventh of the season with a deflected finish.

The U's sent men forward, without managing to test Collin between the sticks, and it was United who should have extended their lead when Scougall sparked another good attack. Cullen shielded a pass to bring Liddle into play, and his cross appeared to be perfect for Hope. The forward went for power and his first-time effort sailed over the bar.

Corner deliveries went begging for the hosts as more and more men were pushed into attacking areas, with Prosser going closest when he glanced a whisked delivery just over the bar.

The big defender was even closer moments later when he spun to volley a downward header from a half clearance from Slater. Collin stood his ground and waited to gather it in.

Substitute Nathan Thomas looked to make an impact with a run from his own half, but his shot from distance was always rising high as the game remained nip and tuck.

One of many Colchester deliveries was finally made to count late in the day when a drilled cross fell invitingly for Kent to volley. He was unmarked and he had time to prod it home before the defence could recover their shape.

Szmodics almost provided a late sting when he sent a rasper across Collin and just behind, and a late Grainger corner somehow squirmed past the post in time added on, when Parkes jumped to meet itbut it ended as a share of the spoils for two teams who had put on an excellent display.



Colchester United - Kent (84)

Carlisle United - Hope (57)



Colchester United - Jackson (39), Kent (52)

Carlisle United - Cullen (41), Scougall (60), Gerrard (64)



Colchester United - Gilmartin, Jackson (Norris 75), Prosser, Kent, Senior, Szmodics, Wright (Dickenson 69), Vincent-Young, Stevenson, Eisa (Mandron 69), Nouble. Subs - Barnes, Roberts, Eastman, Dunne. 

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger, Slater, Etuhu, O'Hare (Jones 79), Scougall (McCarron 85), Cullen (Thomas 69), Hope. Subs - Gray, Miller, Kennedy, Grant.


Referee - Mr Trevor Kettle

Attendance - 3,626 (319 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Staggered pricing structure for Colchester

Take advantage of the lower prices

7 January 2019

Get your ticket early for Colchester and make savings on match day prices.

Colchester United v Carlisle United, Satuday 23 February, kick off 3pm

Dates of sale:

Date Time
Mon 7 to Fri 11 January  10am to 5pm
Mon 14 to Fri 18 January  10am to 5pm 
Sat 19 January  10am to 2.30pm  
Sat 19 January 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Mon 21 to Fri 25 January  10am to 5pm
Mon 28 January to Fri 1 February  10am to 5pm
Mon 4 to Fri 8 February  10am to 5pm
Sat 9 February  10am to 2.30pm
Sat 9 February 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Mon 11 to Fri 15 February  10am to 5pm
Sat 16 February  10am to 2.30pm
Sat 16 February 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Mon 18 to Thu 21 February  10am to 5pm

Pricing structure:

  Early Bird Super Saver Saver Advance Matchday
  7 – 19 Jan 21 Jan - 4 Feb 5 – 16 Feb 18 – 21 Feb 23 Feb
Adult £16.50 £18 £20 £22 £24
Senior (65+) £12 £14 £15 £16 £18
Under 18 £8.50 £9.50 £10 £11.50 £13.50
Under 14 £3.50 £4 £4.50 £5 £5.50
Additional U11* £1.50 £1.50 £1.50 £2 £2.50

*U11 are FOC on a 1 (Adult/Senior) to 4 basis. After this the Additional U11 cost will apply. 

Stadium parking can be booked directly at

Disabled parking bays have limited availability and should be booked early by calling 01206 755 161.


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p.
The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Wednesday 20 February 2019.
Bus Travel
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987. Click HERE for more information on booking and departure times. 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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