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MATCH PREVIEW: We open things up against Colchester

A look at this weekend's visitors

6 August 2021

The U's went too close for comfort as they found themselves battling at the bottom of the division last season.

In the end it was their home form which made the difference as they avoided the relegation places by six clear points.

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Hayden Mullins was announced as Colchester's permanent boss just days after the season had finished in May, and he made it clear from the off that he was ready to ring the changes after what had been a troubling and disappointing campaign.

Off-field concerns didn't help, but he was true to his word with 11 players leaving within a week of his appointment. 

Ipswich became a useful hunting ground as midfielders Cole Skuse and Alan Judge, defender Luke Chambers and striker Freddie Sears joined on two-year deals, and former Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer came in as assistant to Mullins to bolster the backroom staff.

The flurry of activity continued when Luke Hannant joined from Cambridge, and Frank Nouble returned from Plymouth just days later to further add to the numbers.

More recently Solihull defender Cameron Coxe arrived on an 18-month loan deal on the same day that Tommy Smith, Junior Tchamadeu and Brendan Wiredu agreed their new contract offers.

who watch

Colchester is where Freddie Sears made his name and the 31-year-old will feel comfortable on familiar territory this season. 

34 goals in 217 appearances for Ipswich has left him feeling 'ready to show people what I'm about again' and the experienced forward should prove to be a real League Two thorn if he can hit the right notes.

He's a forward who knows where to be and when to be there - that's why he's our one to watch this weekend.


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Colchester wins





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Jon Mellish scored just before the half hour to put United in front in Essex in March 2021 but Callum Harriott turned things round with a brace to help his side to a much needed win.

Oh, and it was foggy!

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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 - Peter Wright
Assistant Referee 1 - Simon Clayton
Assistant Referee 2 - Ivan Stankovic
Fourth Official - Adam Herczeg

Peter WrightOur official for this fixture is Mr Peter Wright

Peter was with us in April 2021 for our 0-0 home draw with Port Vale. Gime Toure came off the bench with just over 20 minutes left to play and he found himself in the book after a late challenge.

We saw Mr Wright in December 2020 when he came to Brunton Park for our 1-0 win over Mansfield. Omari Patrick scored our goal, but it was a busy day for bookings as Rhys Bennett, Paul Farman, Aaron Hayden, Jon Mellish and Joe Riley had their names taken.

Peter was our official at the beginning of the 2020/21 season when he took charge of the whistle for our trip to Glanford Park. A first half goal sunk the Blues, but there were no Carlisle names taken on the day.

He was also the referee just before the lockdown when we hosted Morecambe at Brunton Park. Cole Stockton and Aaron Wildig gave the visitors a two-goal lead, Omari Patrick struck back in time added on for the first half to get the Blues back into the game. Aaron Hayden completed the comeback midway through the second period. There were four yellows on the day, with Byron Webster, Elliot Watt and Nick Anderton going in the book for the hosts.

Prior to that we met up with him back in August 2019 when he was the man in the middle for our Carabao Cup game against Rochdale. Goals from Morley and Done in the first half left the Blues with a big job, but we lost 2-1 despite a decent spot kick finish from Jack Bridge. There were no Carlisle names taken on the night.

He made the step up from the national league for the 2018/19 season and we met him for the first time when he officiated our 1-0 away victory over Cheltenham in August 2018. Richie Bennett bagged the only goal of the game, just before the break, and Anthony Gerrard and Kelvin Etuhu had their names taken on the day.

His first visit to Brunton Park was for our 3-2 home defeat against MK Dons in March 2019. Stefan Scougall and Hallam Hope scored for the Blues and there were no Carlisle players booked that afternoon.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 0 - 0 U's

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

7 August 2021

It was a first competitive fixture with an unrestricted attendance for almost 18-months for the Cumbrians at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon when the U's of Colchester came to town.

The 2021/22 season opener saw Tristan Abrahams and Corey Whelan make their starting debuts, with Lukas Jensen and Manny Mampala on the bench.

Zach Clough was due to start, but he pulled out of the warm-up and Joe Riley stepped up. Sam Fishburn was brought onto the bench.

Prices were slashed as the club said thank you to the fans for their support and patience as the pandemic impacted every walk of life, with the final attendance showing of close to 6,500 clearly happy to be back.

There was an early chance for the hosts when Dickenson broke free on the left wing. Alessandra was in the box, but a clearance was made. Riley took the long throw and George was relieved to see his weak punch helped on its way by an attentive defender.

The Cumbrians stayed forward and a cross from Armer found Abrahams in the area. His header, from 16-yards out, was blocked at source, as was the follow-up volley from Guy.

Another delivery from Armer caused concern for the away team as Alessandra closed the space. It fell to Abrahams but his snapshot on the spin went wide. 

More good work from Abrahams earned a corner, and that was fizzed to Dickenson, who was sat deep. A heavy first touch meant that the chance to let one go had gone.

United were a whisker away on 13 minutes when Mellish bundled his way through on the edge of the box. It came to Alessandra, and he dragged it out from under his foot before striking cleanly through it. George was well beaten but it whipped an inch the wrong side of the woodwork.

Colchester fashioned their first chance of the day on 19 minutes when Judge and Sears found a way through on the break. The cut back appeared to be perfect for Nouble but he got his footing wrong and was embarrassed as he succeeded only in completing a clearance.

Chest control from a massive kick from Norman from Alessandra temporarily opened a door as he surged onwards, and a hand on the shirt from defender Ryan Clampin brought a tumble and a loud appeal for a spot kick. The officials showed no interest.

There was a real chance for the Blues to open their account on 28 minutes when Dickenson was released to overlap on the left flank. Abrahams took a touch to slow it down, but Mellish could only guide his 17-yarder straight at George.

A raking pass from Dickenson found Alessandra on the sprint yet again, and he touched it back under his own boot before picking out Riley. Colchester had recovered and his drilled effort took a ricochet and curled behind.

Guy was on corner duties and McDonald met it on the penalty spot on the full, with a strong jump, and George had to dive low to palm it away. The same player met the second delivery but his header was off-target on this occasion.

A quickly taken visiting free kick gave Coxe unexpected space, but he wasted it as a poorly directed shot flew into the Warwick.

Smith then popped a header at Norman when he got on the end of a set piece, swung in by Judge. It was comfortable stuff from the home stopper.

The half closed with a training ground corner routine which saw Clampin roll it short. Judge was interested, but his punt spooned off a block from Whelan and the Blues regrouped to see it clear. Sears had half a sight as it came back his way but Norman watched it all the way as it came through legs and into his hands.

And Magnus Norman was at his best in time added on when a half-cleared free kick came to Judge. His stinger was going in until the keeper leaped to push it away with both hands.

Colchester started the second half with a neat attack with a flick from Judge that found Nouble. His touch came back to Judge, but McDonald did well to close it down.

It became tight for both sides, with no time or space given and with every pass contested and closed down.

But it was the hosts who had a fantastic chance to take the lead on 67 minutes when they broke from a corner. Alessandra waited for Dickenson to pass his shoulder, and the through ball was inch perfect. He bore down on goal, but a stumble as it stuck under his feet allowed George to step forward and eventually gather it in, with Clampin in close attendance.

United broke again moments later, and this time it was Riley who carried it on. Mellish took over, but his clip was straight at George as he angled into the box.

Chances came from both set pieces, with a volley from Alessandra deflected wide and a low cross from Whelan ushered free and clear. The ball was quickly recycled and Abrahams tried his luck as he dragged it back to shoot. He connected firmly but it was high.

Riley and Tanner combined on the right to open things up for a cross but Dickenson was pulled down. And Dickenson thought he'd turned provider when he beat the offside trap. His cross had power, but a volley from Abrahams was parried by George. Mellish had the target at his mercy but he bumped his volley into the ground and George was fortunate that it hit his leg and screwed wide.

A rare away chance came on 80 minutes when Judge found Smith from a corner. He headed it well but it rose into the air.

The home side nearly picked a path thanks to Alessandra at the other end, but his side-footed pass to Mampala was chopped down.

Guy screwed a volley from distance high into the air just as his name was read out as the Vesta Wealth man of the match, but the missed chances left the Blues to ponder what might have been at the end of an opening day performance that had most definitely whetted the appetite.

The home fans showed their appreciation with a loud round of applause as the players left the field of play, with the focus immediately on the Tuesday trip to Bramall Lane.


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Carlisle United - Mellish (41), Whelan (58)



Carlisle United - Norman, Tanner, McDonald, Whelan, Armer, Dickenson (Toure 85), Guy (c), Mellish (Mampala 78), Alessandra, Riley, Abrahams. Subs - Jensen (gk), Charters, Feeney, Bell, Fishburn. 

Colchester United - George, Eastman, Smith (c), Chambers, Judge, Sjuse, Wiredu, Clampin, Coxe, Nouble, Sears (Jasper 81). Subs - Turner (gk), Tovide, Tchamadeu, Chilvers, Kennedy, Welch-Hayes.


Match officials

Referee - Peter Wright
Assistant Referee 1 - Simon Clayton
Assistant Referee 2 - Ivan Stankovic
Fourth Official - Adam Herczeg
Observer - Mick Brown
Coach - Paul Canadine


Attendance - 6,382 (202 away)

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