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PREVIEW | Colchester United v Yeovil Town

The Glovers head to Essex in League Two

16 March 2018

Jared Bird under pressure from Ryan Harley PPAUK

Town head to Essex looking to pick up points on the road for a second successive match.

Darren Way's side came away from Exeter in midweek with a share of the spoils to halt a run of three successive defeats in Sky Bet League Two. 

With a point and a clean sheet under their belt, the Glovers now head to the Colchester Community Stadium to take on the U's who are without a win in their last three outings. 

Ready for the trip to Colchester, the Glovers will still be without the services of Artur Krysiak, Dan Alfei, Nathan Smith (all knee) and Jake Gray (ankle), with Oscar Gobern and Connor Smith facing late fitness tests after missing the trip to St James Park.

James Bailey returned to training this week following his lengthy knee injury, but a return to action is still too soon for the skipper.

For John McGreal's side, striker Sammie Szmodics sits as top scorer with 13 goals to his name this season, backed up by Mikael Mandron (nine goals).

Looking to mount a late charge for the play-offs, United will be looking to improve on their last outing at home when lowly Barnet claimed all three points.

Saturday's meeting will be the 25th encounter between the two sides.

The Glovers are looking to improve on their record of 12 defeats, with just one win over the U's in the last six. 

Coming in November 2016, Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell netted late on to claim a 2-1 win at Huish Park.

Tom Nield (West Yorkshire) will be the man in charge on Saturday.

Mr. Nield will be assisted by Graham Kane (East Sussex) and Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire) with Christopher Ward acting as fourth official.

The pre-match thoughts of Shaun Donnellan and manager Darren Way can be viewed on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.   

Supporters can purchase tickets on the day subject to a matchday surcharge.

For prices and more information, visit our Away Tickets page

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Match Reports

REPORT | Colchester United 0-1 Yeovil Town

Town claim three points on the road

17 March 2018

Alex Fisher shoots PPAUK

Alex Fisher's second goal for the Glovers was enough for Town to leave Essex with all three points in Sky Bet League Two.

Despite the freezing conditions, it was a lively start at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, as Town stopper Stuart Nelson saved a Sammie Szmodics penalty with just seven minutes on the clock. 

Spurning the chance to take the lead the U's were made to pay midway through the first-half when Fisher slammed home from inside the box.

Both Tom James and Bevis Mugabi went close to doubling the lead either side of half-time, but a trio of smart Nelson saves ensured the visitors left with a first away win since Boxing Day. 

After halting a run of three defeats at Exeter in midweek, Darren Way made one change from the side that returned from Devon with a point. 

Making an impact from the bench at St James Park, Rhys Browne earned a starting place at the expense of Otis Khan who dropped to the bench as Corey Whelan missed out as the unlucky sixth loan. 

Sticking with the experience of Nelson between the sticks, the 36-year-old justified his selection inside the opening 10 minutes. 

After the U's were awarded a penalty following Ryan Dickson's foul on Kane Vincent-Young, the former Gillingham stopper guessed correctly to dive left and keep out Szmodics low shot from 12 yards.

Whilst the penalty miss was undoubtedly a blow for the hosts, they remained on the front foot in the opening quarter-of-an-hour. 

Looking to make amends for his spot-kick failure, Szmodics continued to pester the Yeovil defence and teased an effort just wide of the target from the edge of the box following good work from Drey Wright. 

Having demonstrated the same defensive resolve as in midweek, the visitors did what they couldn't manage in Devon and took the lead.

Dickson's long throw was flicked on by the dominant figure of Omar Sowunmi, allowing captain Francois Zoko to tee up strike partner Fisher who coolly picked out the far corner.

Stalling the U's early momentum, Town were able to comfortably hold the hosts at arm's length's as the home crowd grew in frustration. 

Kurtis Guthrie headed straight at Nelson as John McGreal's side struggled to engineer any chances of worth, before the Glovers almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. 

After a spell of pressure Jared Bird laid the ball off for Tom James' whose rasping first-time drive from 20 yards was palmed away at full-stretch by Sam Walker. 

Looking to prove the old adage that attack is the best form of defence, Way's side remained on the front foot after the restart enjoying a flurry of corners before Fisher fired just wide from range with 50 minutes on the clock. 

Unable to call Nelson into action since his early penalty save, United had to wait until the hour-mark before they once again tested the veteran 'keeper.

Liam Mandeville's free-kick from the left of the box was destined for the top corner but for the fingertips of Nelson who continued to build on an impressive debut four days previous.

Making all three of their changes the U's rolled the dice, and it was final substitute Olomide Shodipo who tested Nelson on 74 minutes when his free-kick - almost identical to Mandeville's - saw the same result. 

Seemingly unbeatable, Yeovil's stopper produced one more notable save to keep out Frankie Kent's well-hit shot as the Glovers rode out a final few minutes of pressure to record an invaluable victory on the road.

Taking four points from two away trips in a week, Town head into a fortnight's break with an ever-increasing gap between themselves and the bottom two.

Colchester United: Walker; Eastman, Kent, Prosser; Wright, Lapslie, Comley (Senior 46'), Vincent-Young; Szmodics, Guthrie (Mandron 65'), Mandeville (Shodipo 71').
Bookings: Comley 36'
Subs not used: Barnes, Murray, Stevenson, Rooney. 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; James, Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickson (Mugabi 40'); Green, Wing, Bird, Browne; Zoko (Barnes 82'), Fisher (Surridge 65').
Subs not used: Maddison, Santos, Khan, Seager.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Travel with Town to Essex

Be the 12th man away at Colchester

15 March 2018

Weston Homes Community Stadium Shutterstock

The Glovers are off to Colchester on Saturday (3pm) to take on the U’s in Sky Bet League Two and you can join them there.

With tickets available at a reduced rate compared to matchday prices until midday on Friday, contact the Huish Park ticket office to secure your spot inside the Colchester Community Stadium. 

Supporters can call on 01935 847888, visit in person or purchase tickets online

For fans wishing to purchase on matchday, tickets are priced at the following:
Adult - £23 
Concession - £17 (over 65’s and members of the Armed Forces)
Under-18 - £13, if you’re
Under-14 - £5 and for 1
Under-11 - FOC (for a maximum of four under-11s when accompanied by a paying adult - additional under-11s will cost £1)

For a full breakdown of prices and travel information from the Green & Whites Supporters Club, visit our Away Tickets page.

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