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10 November 2020

Colchester United vs Southend United...


Southend United face off against Essex rivals Colchester United this evening in the Papa John’s Trophy in the first of three derby matches between the two sides this season.

With both Blues and the U’s already out of the competition after losing both their opening two group games, tonight will serve as more of a prelude to the league clashes later in the season.

It’ll also be an opportunity for both managers to shake things up and utilise their full squads following disappointing penalty defeats in the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend.

Last Meeting

Tuesday 9th October 2018
Colchester United 2-0 Southend United
Kent 39’, Collins 49’  

Colchester United came out on top the last time these two local rivals met as the U’s beat Southend 2-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy in 2018.

Frankie Kent nodded the hosts in front just before the interval, getting on the end of a Ryan Jackson long throw before Aaron Collins sealed the win by calmly slotting in a second beyond Nathan Bishop.

From The Boss

"First and foremost we want to win. Secondly we want to stick to our processes and show improvements in all areas we possibly can.

"There were a lot of positives on Saturday, the way we finished the game and the way we played the second half and extra-time.

"We should've won the game, we created a lot of chances and we've got to carry on in that form and continue to build on that.

"That has to be the minimum and the benchmark."

Blues Team News

Blues boss Mark Molesley confirmed that goalkeeper Harry Seaden and midfielder Harry Phillips will be given a chance this evening having both been unused subs at the weekend.

Defender John White is expected to play some part tonight after recovering from a hamstring injury to make the bench on Saturday.

Fellow defender Richard Taylor may also feature having returned to training, while Bournemouth loanee Kyle Taylor faces a further three weeks out of action with a hamstring injury.

Ref Watch

Alan Young will be the referee for tonight’s clash, being assisted by Paul Lister and Stephen Brown while Paul Yates will stand in as the fourth official.

Tonight will be Young’s 11th game of the season. In his previous 10 so far this campaign, Young has issued 38 yellow cards and no reds.

Young last officiated Southend in January in a 0-0 draw against Tranmere, while his last Colchester appearance was in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham’s u21s in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy.  

iFollow Blues

With fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tonight’s clash with Colchester by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues for £10.

Overseas supporters can pick up a pass for just £7 with the pass allowing you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device. 

For more information on how you can get your Match Pass and ensure you miss none of the action up in North Essex on iFollow Blues, click here.

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Match Reports


10 November 2020

Southend United ended their Papa John’s Trophy campaign in defeat as Colchester United beat Blues 6-1 at the JobServe Community Stadium.

With both sides already out of the competition before a ball was even kicked in Colchester, both managers made plenty of changes from their teams that lined up in the Emirates FA Cup, with Colchester making five changes and Southend making seven.

Included in the Blues squad were several Southend scholars with first-year scholar Tayo Adedoja being accompanied on the bench by second-year scholars Jamie Grossart, Ollie Coker, Tommy Davis and Cameron Brown, and third-year scholar Reiss Chandler.

Colchester were the quicker out of the blocks and were denied an early opener when Jevani Brown got goal side after a slip from Richard Taylor. The U’s striker was clean through on goal only for a superb save from Harry Seaden to keep the striker out.

The home side then almost gifted Southend a goal when goalkeeper Shamal George played the ball straight at Blues striker Kazaiah Sterling. To his credit, however, George did brilliantly well to make amends for his error by getting back across to make the save.

But having been denied earlier on by the goalkeeping of Seaden, Colchester’s number 10 got his name on the scoresheet by nodding Colchester in front. A quick set-piece led to a cross coming in from the right with Brown rising highest to head the ball in.

Southend responded well and created a great chance to level when Shaun Hobson carried the ball forward before picking out a defence-splitting pass through to Sterling. The on-loan Tottenham striker managed to get his shot away, but it was straight at George.

George’s opposite number though was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers and Seaden was called upon again to save Kwame Poku’s curling effort. And Seaden was soon picking the ball out of his net for a second time as Colchester doubled their lead.

Brown again was the scorer, but the Southend players were up in arms after Matt Rush appeared to be fouled twice in the lead up to the goal. The referee though wasn’t interested as U’s played a through ball into Brown who lofted the ball over Seaden.

Seconds into the second-half and Brown had a chance for a third only for the legs of Seaden to stop him. However, it was only a brief stay of execution for the Blues as Hobson brought down Josh Bohui for a penalty. Brown gladly took the chance to seal his hat-trick, sending Seaden the wrong way.

Brown was immediately replaced after wrapping up the match ball, but it wasn’t near the end of the scoring for the home side who extended their lead as Michael Folivi broke through to fire beyond the despairing dive of Seaden.

Colchester then put a fifth past a beleaguered Southend after Samson Tovide was desperately unlucky to see his effort smack the crossbar. From the rebound though the ball found its way to Noah Chilvers who fired in through the crowd.

And in the final stages, Steve Ball’s side finished off a thumping win against their Essex rivals as Poku finished off a swift Colchester move down the left by sweeping the ball home from the edge of the area to make it six.

Mark Molesley’s side did manage to grab the smallest of consolations in added on time as Sterling scored his first goal for the Blues late on, beating the offside trap of Colchester’s to fire low and hard beyond George.  

Colchester United XI: George, Sowunmi, Pell (C)(Miranda 58’), Brown (Tovide 58’), Chilvers, Scarlett, Eastman (Welch-Hayes 63’), Clampin, Poku, Bohui, Folivi. Subs Not Used: Coulter, Senior, Cowan-Hall, Sayer

Blues XI: Seaden, Hobson, Goodship (Nathaniel-George 46’), Egbri, Clifford, Phillips, Sterling, Acquah (O Coker 71’), Rush, R Taylor, White(C)(Chandler 46’). Subs Not Used: Grossart, Davis, Adedoja, Brown

Referee: Alan Young

Assistants: Paul Lister & Stephen Brown

Fourth Official: Paul Yates


Colchester United: Jevani Brown 16’, 38’, 57’, Michael Folivi 62’, Noah Chilvers 70’, Kwame Poku 83’

Southend United: Kazaiah Sterling 90+2’

Yellow Cards:

Colchester United: Marley Marshall Miranda 67’

Southend United: John White 40’, Terrell Egbri 54’, Reiss Chandler 61’, Shaun Hobson 90’

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