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Big Preview: Colchester United vs Southend United

9 October 2018

Colchester United vs Southend United...

Southend take a short break from League One action as they continue with their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a trip to local rivals Colchester United this evening.

Following a winning start to the competition against Cambridge United in Southern Group B, Blues know that a win against Col U will all but cement their place in the next round.

Colchester, on the other hand, know they almost have to win to have any chance of advancing after losing their opening tie 2-0 to Southampton u21s at the JobServe Community Stadium last month.

And for John McGreal’s side to stay in the hunt they need to secure a first win over Southend for eight years, having not beaten Blues since a 2-0 win back in February 2010. 

Colchester United: LWLDWD

Southend United: DWWWLL

7th November 2017: Southend United (Wright, Robinson) 2 vs 0 Colchester United

6th February 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth, Barrett, McQueen) 3 vs 0 Colchester United

26th December 2015: Colchester United 0 vs 2 (White, Mooney) Southend United

Cypriot pair Jason Demetriou and Harry Kyprianou are both unavailable for the trip to Colchester after receiving call-ups to the Cyprus senior side and u21 side respectively.

John White limped off with a hamstring problem against Oxford on Saturday, so he’ll miss out, meaning Blues have a shortage of centre-back options.

Fellow centre-back Harry Lennon is closing in on a return, but Tuesday will come too soon for the former Charlton defender, while striker Tom Hopper is unlikely to be risked.

Defender Frankie Kent returned to the Colchester United bench on Saturday against Stevenage after recovering from a hamstring injury, so he’ll be looking to make a start this evening.  

Tom Lapslie made a successful return from knee surgery at the weekend so maybe rested while captain Luke Prosser and striker Frank Nouble are set to face their former club. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“Most sides in the Checkatrade see this as an opportunity to play some other players that need game time because the league is most important, until they get further on.

"But I’m thinking, it’s an Essex Derby and at the end of it [the competition] there’s Wembley. That’s so powerful. If you need one thing to focus on in these games, at the end of it you could be walking out under the arch at Wembley.

“That would be great for a club like ours to progress in the competition and see how far we can get.”


Tickets are now off sale directly from the Blues Box Office but will be available on the night either by cash or card from the ticket windows (next to the club shop), not from the turnstiles. For prices click here.

A reminder that the game is also live on iFollow tonight. Match passes are available to purchase now.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Colchester 2-0 Southend

9 October 2018

Blues suffered a 2-0 defeat to local rivals Colchester United in the Checkatrade Trophy thanks to goals from Frankie Kent and Aaron Collins at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Both sides made a raft of changes to their sides following their weekend exertions in the league, with midfielder Stephen McLaughlin captaining a Blues side that saw a full-debut for youngster Isaac Hutchinson who came off the bench to score against Cambridge in the last group game.

After a quiet opening 15 minutes, Michael Klass helped carve out the game’s first chance by winning a corner with a deflected strike. From the resulting set-piece, the ball fell kindly to Shawn McCoulsky whose shot on the turn was well blocked inside the Colchester penalty area.

The home side then threatened with a couple of long-range efforts: first from Ryan Jackson, whose low drive was well held by Nathan Bishop in the Southend goal, followed by Sammie Szmodics who saw a shot from outside the area well charged down.

Colchester knew that a defeat would all but knock them out of the competition having lost their opening group game to Southampton u21s and they would take the break the deadlock in this vital clash with little over five minutes remaining in the first-half.

A long throw from Jackson into the heart of the Southend penalty area found the leap of Frankie Kent who nodded the ball across goal and into the far corner to give the home side the lead going into the interval.

The U’s would double their advantage early in the second-half as Aaron Collins finished off a flowing move for John McGreal’s side. A delightful reverse pass by Mikael Mandron found the run of Collins who calmly slotted the ball in between the legs of Bishop to put daylight between the sides.

Chris Powell brought on Michael Kightly and Dru Yearwood to try and wrestle Blues back into the game but it was Colchester who looked the more likely to score next with attempts from Kane Vincent-Young and Collins going close.

Southend were restricted to half-chances and probably knew it wouldn’t be their night when Elvis Bwomono’s cross the far post looked like being finished by McCoulsky whose header from a yard out was deflected over the crossbar by the back of Tom Eastman.  

With Cambridge beating Southampton u21s comfortably in the other game in Southern Group B, all four sides in the group go into the final game level on three points with Cambridge hosting Colchester and Southend hosting the Saints next month for a place in the knockout stages.  

Colchester United XI: Gilmartin, Jackson (Vincent-Young 46’), Prosser (C), Kent, Szmodics (Senior 58’), Dickenson, Comley, Wright, Eastman, Mandron (Norris 84’), Collins. Subs Not Used: Barnes, Pell, Gondoh, Kensdale

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Dieng, McLaughlin (C), Klass, Moore, McCoulsky, Robinson (Kightly 58’), Hendrie, Batlokwa (Gard 81’), Hutchinson (Yearwood 58’). Subs Not Used: Oxley, Coker, Turner, Cox

Referee: Roger East

Assistants: Darren Cann & Mark Scholes

Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear


Colchester United: Frankie Kent 39’, Aaron Collins 49’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Colchester United: None

Southend United: None

Attendance: 1,516 (541 Away)

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Ticket News

Colchester Ticket Details

8 October 2018

Tickets for Blues' Checkatrade Trophy game against Colchester United will come off sale midday on Tuesday 9th October.

On Monday morning we had sold 345 from our 465 allocation. Tickets will be available on the night at the same price either by cash or card from the ticket windows (next to the club shop), not from the turnstiles. Fans are advised to purchase in advance to avoid queues on the night.

Prices are as follows: 

Category Price
Adult £12
Concessions (65+, Disabled and Armed Forces) £10
Under 18 £6
Under 11 £2
Disabled Carer Free

This game will also be available on iFollow Blues at a cost of £10 for a match pass.

Stadium parking can be booked directly at subject to availability.

Disabled parking bays have limited availability and should be booked as early as possible as these regularly sell out, these can be booked by calling 01206 755161.

Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

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