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PREVIEW: Long trip to Bristol at the weekend

Off down the M6 and the M5

7 October 2021

United head into Bristol on Saturday to face the Pirates of Bristol Rovers.


Striker Leon Clarke was ruled out for the long-term midway through September when he picked up a hamstring injury, just a fortnight after he'd joined the club. 

He'd arrived on the same day as experienced left back Junior Brown, who was with Scunthorpe last term, and former Everton Midfielder Antony Evans.

On the coaching side of things Clint Hill left the Pirates part way through August to be replaced by Kevin Bond, who has had managerial experience with Southend and Bournemouth.

With Rovers struggling for results veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan - who notched up over 200 Premier League appearances with Stoke and Aston Villa - was added to the ranks at the beginning of September having been released by previous club Fleetwood.


A tough first month saw the Pirates record just one league win - at home to Oldham - as the cloud of last season's relegation hung over them and as they struggled to settle with life in League Two.

September was better, with victories over Walsall and Crawley, but they suffered a disappointing home defeat last weekend as Swindon roared to life after the break to score three goals and take the points. More salt was rubbed into the wounds when Alfie Kilgour picked up a second booking and a red card with just over five minutes left to play.

Rovers became one of the first clubs this season to utilise the concussion sub clause when Connor Taylor had to be taken off in that Swindon game. The rule allows for an additional switch, which they used, should a player from either side suffer a head injury.

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Winger Harry Anderson penned a two-year deal in the summer having spent an enjoyable spell with Lincoln City, where he was part of their promotion push from League Two.

He netted his first goal for his new club last Saturday, and is known for his direct and attacking style of play.

He's lively and backs himself to get assists, as well as weighing in with the odd goal or two. 


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It was a tight encounter at Brunton Park back in March 2016 with Carlisle twice being pegged back before Jason Kennedy popped what proved to be the winner into the net late in the game. Jack Stacey and Charlie Wyke had already scored for the Blues, with Billy Bodin and Matty Taylor finding the nets for the visitors.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The Pirates took the honours at the Memorial Stadium in November 2015 with a brace from Matty Taylor.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - Charles Breakspear
Assistant Referee 1 - Stephen Brown
Assistant Referee 2 - Michael Begley
Fourth Official - Andrew Laver
Observer - Rodger Gifford

BreakspearOur referee for this fixture is Mr Charles Breakspear. Charles has taken charge of 11 games so far this season showing 44 yeallow cards and two reds.

He was last in charge for one of our games when we went to the Beey in February 2020. Goals from Lewis Alessandra and Nick Anderton helped us to secure a 2-1 away win, but there were bookings for Byron Webster, Olufela Olomola, Harry McKirdy, Taylor Charters and Aaron Hayden along the way.

Vale Park in January 2019. Rick Miller was sent off just before half time for the home side, and United made sure the advantage counted as Connor Simpson bagged a late winner. Hallam Hope and Tom Parkes were booked for the Blues. 

Before that he was our referee in January 2018 when we travelled to Stevenage for what turned out to be a closely fought affair. No goals were scored on the day, and Richie Bennett had his name taken for a rash challenge late in the game.

He was also our man in the middle for the Colchester away game in October 2017, earlier that same season. A Jamie Devitt goal just after half time was enough to seal the three points for the Blues. Danny Grainger and James Brown went in the book that afternoon.


We have been allocated an initial 150 seated and 150 terrace tickets.

Tickets are available on match day at the same price from the away booth at the bottom of the car park next to the away turnstiles.



Wednesday 6 October

10am – 5pm

Thursday 7 October

10am – 4pm








Senior 65+












Disabled info: Wheelchair users pay the relevant concession, with the carer free of charge.


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 0330 094 5930 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 

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