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MATCH PREVIEW: United head to Colchester on Tuesday

They just keep coming thick and fast

1 March 2021

Essex beckons for the Blues on Tuesday night with a game against Colchester United which will, no doubt, prove to be another stern test.


  Carlisle wins Draws Colchester wins
League 18 11 20
League Cup 0 0 1
Total 18 11 21

Colchester are currently on an extremely frustrating run but QPR striker Aramide Oteh bolstered the ranks midway through January on the same day that popular winger Luke Gambin headed out of the door to join League Two rivals Newport County.

A flurry of activity at the end of the month saw Frank Nouble arrive from Plymouth, Brendan Wiredu come in from Charlton and Josh Doherty head round the M25 from Crawley, in a bid to help to steady the ship.


A whopping 12 league draws have meant that Colchester have hovered around the bottom reaches of the division for most of the season, with opportunities to win games missed and adding to the frustration.

Heading into the weekend the U's had the extra frustration of a 13-game run without a win, which had seen them drop at an alarming rate towards the bottom two spots. 

Head coach Steve Ball was relieved of his duties last week, as a consequence of that run, and Wayne Brown was announced as interim coach ahead of Saturday's Forest Green away trip.

That game, an evening kick off, proved to be a difficult one, with Rovers claiming a 3-0 victory despite being reduced to ten men with still half of the game left to play.

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We're going for the experienced Frank Nouble.

Now in his second spell at Colchester - he scored 14 goals in just over 90 appearances first time round - he announced his return with a strike in the 2-2 home draw with Mansfield on Valnetine's Day.

Strong and steady, his link-up play brings others into the mix and he's another forward thinking player who knows how to work the defenders.


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The U's were at Brunton Park in October 2020 where goals from Lewis Alessandra and Jon Mellish put the hosts two goals to the good. Luke Norris netted a brace to level things up, but Aaron Hayden struck late to keep the points in Cumbria.

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Colchester's visit to Brunton Park in March 2020 saw them pick up a 3-0 victory as they maintained their push for a top seven spot.

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We were at their place just before Christmas in 2019 and it was a day where Colchester took their chances and claimed the victory.

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The February meeting during the 2018/19 season brought a hard-fought draw, with Hallam Hope giving the Blues the lead just after half time. The U's upped their game and they got their reward with an equaliser from Frankie Kent with just six minutes left to play.

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Colchester were at Brunton Park just before Christmas that season 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.

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The first meeting of these teams during the 17/18 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.

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Back up at Brunton Park in February 2018 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.

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Referee - Trevor Kettle
Assistant Referee 1 - Andrew Aylott
Assistant Referee 2 - Darren Blunden
Fourth Official - Martyn Holmes
Observer - Mick Russell

Trevor Kettle

Our referee for this game is Mr Trevor Kettle.

He has taken charge of 23 games so far this season and has shown 64 yellow cards and four reds.

He was last our man in the middle in November 2019 when we played Forest Green away in the FA Cup. Nathan Thomas scored both goals in a 2-2 draw. Thomas was also booked, along with Gethin Jones and Byron Webster.

He was also in charge when we faced Colchester United at the Weston Homes in February 2019. The U's equalised late in the day, after Hallam Hope had put the Blues ahead early in the second half, and Anthony Gerrard, Stefan Scougall and Mark Cullen all went into the official's notebook.

Prior to that he was our man in the middle for our trip to 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.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: U's 2 - 1 United

Report from the Tuesday night away game

2 March 2021

United had a long trip into Essex on Tuesday night with Colchester United the hosts, with both sides looking for a return to winning ways.

The Blues were without midfielder Callum Guy, who was preparing for the imminent birth of his second child, and that brought experienced campaigner Dean Furman into the eleven.

Brennan Dickenson was also recalled with Omari Patrick charged with making an impact from the bench.

A thick fog descended on the stadium in the minutes leading up to kick off but the officials were comfortable that all was well and that the game could go ahead as planned, despite the reduced visibility.

United were on the attack early and a foul on Riley, 28-yards out, brought an effort from Anderton which was charged down.

Kayode put a long throw into the area as the away side stayed forward and it needed two swipes from Tchamadeu to get it clear.

A cross from Anderton after he'd turned his man was put behind for a corner, and it was the captain who recovered the clearance to get it back to Dickenson. His delivery clipped Welch-Hayes and Hayden had to stretch to get his head to it. George looked on in relief as it skipped across the face of his goal.

There were loud appeals for a visiting penalty on 14 minutes when Toure toe-poked a deep cross back into the mix. The fog-blurred defender's hand appeared to get in the way but the officials showed no interest.

George had to show good hands of his own moments later when Dickenson burst through. It was on target, but the stopper parried it into the ground before scooping it up.

Carlisle keeper Paul Farman got his first taste of the action when he punched a Welch-Hayes centre from the right flank clear. It went for a corner, and Tommy Smith was up to meet that as he ran at the front stick. Farman spread himself to make a great block.

There was a full length diving save from George from a dipping, swirling Dickenson free kick from the edge of the box as the away side continued to look the more likely, and more good football followed when Anderton sent Riley on the overlap. His cut back was put behind, and a run of corners followed.

A great chance was crafted as Furman recovered a long pass, inviting Riley to cross. Kayode jumped to meet it but his glancing header dropped past the angle of post and bar.

The Cumbrians knocked on the door again when Kayode slid a pass to Mellish, who was inside the area. His punt was going in until Tchamadeu hung out an arm. Another loud appeal went up for a penalty, but a corner was the end result.

Dickenson whipped that one in, and Jon Mellish bagged goal number 13 of his season with a thundering, crunching smash that left Shamal George with no chance.

The orange shirts looked composed with their lead, and they were close again when a Kayode throw was only cleared as far as Furman, who had lurked on the 18-yard line. His return header towards the top corner was plucked out of the air by the keeper's hands.

Colchester had a late flurry of crosses ahead of the break but they were almost caught on the counter when Carlisle hunted in packs. Riley picked it up and his through ball was perfect for Dickenson, who bore down on the target with an angled run. A powerful effort was unleashed but it whisked past the upright.

Carlisle turned possession over at the start of the second half and they were on the front foot as Tanner and Riley pushed on. Kayode asked for it, and he looked to put Dickenson through. Anderton was there to help and he exchanged passes before a deep delivery evaded Toure.

A pull on Toure brought another dangerous free kick situation for Carlisle as they camped forward but Riley's 25-yarder was charged down.

The positive start to the second period appeared to be rewarded on 53 minutes when Kayode was upended in the area by a rash challenge from Sowunmi. The referee pointed to the spot, but he changed his mind after a consultation with his assistant.

A corner was awarded instead, and George blocked a downward header from Mellish as he looked to double the tally. A follow up shot was also blocked, and Colchester lived to breathe again.

United tore through again moments later when Dickenson was fed by Kayode. He bent his run and was disappointed to see his right-footed effort drift away.

Joe Riley was the recipient of a neat ball over the top and he had options as he took it under his control. He tried to place a curler but George was there to gather.

The orange shirts thought they'd done it again when a lovely move saw them slice their way through down the right wing. An intelligent pull back after good work from Kayode and Tanner saw Riley shoot from 19-yards but it smacked the base of the post, with the keeper having touched it on the dive.

A penalty was given at the other end when Nouble was fouled by Furman. Harriott levelled the scores from the spot via the inside of the post.

Home tails were lifted and Smith headed over from eight yards when Brown put the ball into the mix. 

Colchester took the lead as the ball was worked from right to left, with Smith involved again as he played the pass on. Harriott let fly from distance and Farman could do nothing, despite getting a touch.

Toure blazed over after dropping a shoulder as the visitors looked to regain ground. Cedwyn Scott was on for his first appearance for the club with just over 10 minutes to go, with Omari Patrick also taking to the field.

A cross from the right from Riley found Dickenson on the sprint, but he couldn't keep it down as he got in front of his man to volley over the bar.

Colchester were handed a second penalty from absolutely nothing with just over five minutes to go but, yet again, a discussion with the assistant meant the decision was overturned by the refereee. For the record, Farman made a superb save as Brown broke through, and Brown went down as he ran over the prostrate stopper.

George pulled another Dickenson stinger out of the air as he went for power late in the day, and Farman had to claw a bending effort from the outside of the boot from under the bar from Folivi as the blue shirts went on the counter.

Carlisle had the ball in the box for a prolonged period of time added on, but it wouldn't drop kindly and the hosts held on to take their victory, with the away side left to ponder once again what might have been.



Colchester United - (Harriott 67 pen, 74)

Carlisle United - Mellish (29)



Colchester United - Tchamadeu (90)

Carlisle United - Hayden (90)



Colchester United - George, Welch-Hayes (Folivi 68), Smith, Sowunmi, Oteh (Brown 68), Harriott, Chilvers, Eastman, Sarpong-Wiredu, Tchamadeu, Nouble (Cracknell 90). Subs - Coulter (gk), Doherty, Senior, Poku.

Carlisle United - Farman, Tanner, Hayden, Bennett, Anderton (c), Mellish (Scott 79), Furman, Riley, Dickenson, Kayode, Toure (Patrick 79). Subs - Norman (gk), Alessandra, McDonald, Charters, Armer.


Match officials

Referee - Trevor Kettle
Assistant Referee 1 - Andrew Aylott
Assistant Referee 2 - Darren Blunden
Fourth Official - Martyn Holmes
Observer - Mick Russell


Attendance - BCD

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