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Match Previews

Match Preview: Colchester United vs Macclesfield Town

18 January 2020

The Silkmen kick off the Mark Kennedy era with a visit to Colchester United’s JobServe Community Stadium in our latest Sky Bet League Two outing.

The U’s will be without defender Ryan Jackson for this afternoon’s fixture after his red card against Morecambe last weekend.

Last Time Out

The reverse fixture ended all square at the Moss Rose earlier this season, with Emmanuel Osadebe’s early strike cancelled out by Theo Robinson just before half time.

Our last visit to the JobServe Community Stadium ended in a narrow defeat as Mikael Mandron scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 defeat in December 2018.

Recent Form

Colchester have drawn their last four league matches and are without a league win since before Christmas.

A strong start to the season means that whilst recent results have seen them slide down the table, their league position of ninth demonstrates the quality available to manager John McGreal.

Macc, meanwhile, come into the game on the back of last weekend’s dramatic 1-1 draw at home to Oldham Athletic; and the team will be eager to go one better under our new coaching team today.

Ones to Watch

Luke Norris leads the Colchester scoring charts with seven in all competitions ahead of this afternoon’s game.

Southend loanee Theo Robinson has also been impressive this campaign, netting on seven occasions; including in the reverse fixture.

However, Frank Nouble has been their most influential player this season, with his five goals and four assists seeing him top the list of goal contributions for the U’s in 2019/20.

View from The Dugouts

Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say ahead of the game:

 “I know John [McGreal] really well, he is a good friend of mine, and we lived together in Ipswich on the same road and it is a great club; I think Robbie has done a really good job as the chairman there.

“They have got good players and play a really good brand of football, invest heavily in what they want to do and have a great identity, so it should be a really enjoyable game of football.”

Meanwhile, opposition manager John McGreal had this to say:

"The crowds, home and away, have been excellent so far and we'll need them right with us in the next few months." 

"We've got two matches here at the JobServe Community Stadium in the next few days, so I want to hear lots of noise again in both matches from the home fans." 

For more on this afternoon's opponents, you can catch up with players who have represented both clubs by clicking here; or you can read our "Opposition View" feature here.

For those attending the game, check out our handy away day guide, Away Day Blues, here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Colchester United 2-1 Macclesfield Town

18 January 2020

The Silkmen fell to a narrow defeat at the JobServe Community Stadium this afternoon courtesy of a Callum Harriott strike and a Fiacre Kelleher own goal.

Despite conceding twice in the space of two first half minutes, Macc gave everthing to draw level in the second half; but Ben Stephens' brilliant volley wasn't enough.

A late flurry of chances went begging for Macc as Colchester held on to condemn the Silkmen to defeat in Mark Kennedy's inaugural game as Head Coach.

Colchester started on the front foot with Ryan Clampin testing the Silkmen backline early on before being denied by a mixture of Fraser Horsfall and Reice Charles-Cook.

The U’s would not be denied for much longer, however, as Callum Harriott took aim from distance and found the top corner with a powerful strike which flew into the top corner.

Our hosts would double their advantage just two minutes later, as Kwame Poku’s dangerous cross was inadvertently turned into the Macc net by Fiacre Kelleher.

Macc’s best chance of the half came moments after Colchester’s second as Arthur Gnahoua cut the ball back to Ben Stephens, but his clever flick was tipped around the post by a scrambling Dean Gerken.

Callum Harriott attempted to replicate his earlier effort as he tried his luck from distance once again midway through the half; but he fired well over on this occasion.

Chances were at a premium for the remainder of the half, with Corey O’Keeffe's effort bobbling just wide of Dean Gerken’s goal as the half fizzled towards its conclusion.

After a strong start to the second half by Colchester, Macc soon had the hosts on the back foot with Ben Stephens firing just wide after driving at the U’s backline from inside the Macc half.

Colchester would have the ball in the back of the net for a third time, but Theo Robinson was adjudged to have put the ball past Charles-Cook from an offside position.

The Silkmen got their goal courtesy of Ben Stephens, who found the net with a fantastic volley from the edge of the Colchester area.

U’s goalkeeper Dean Gerken didn’t move and could only watch as it flew past him and into the corner.

Theo Robinson was still proving to be a thorn in the Macc backline, and he went down as Colchester had a strong penalty shout dismissed by the referee.

Joe Ironside came closest to snatching what would have been a deserved equaliser for a determined Macc outfit late on, but Colchester defended gallantly and scrambled the ball to safety as he shaped to shoot.

Colchester substitute Luke Norris was denied by Charles-Cook as the hosts broke away following a Macc attack; but the game would finish shortly after and Colchester held on to claim all three points.

 

Line Ups

Colchester United

1. Dean Gerken

5. Luke Presser

8. Harry Pell

13. Theo Robinson (Luke Norris, 82')

15. Callum Harriott

18. Tom Eastman

21. Ryan Clampin

22. Tafari Moore (Tom Lapslie, 64')

24. Ben Stevenson (Brandon Comley, 60')

45. Frank Nouble

49. Kwame Poku

Unused Substitutes: Ethan Ross, Tom Lapslie, Omar Sowunmi, Luke Norris, Ollie Kensdale, Luke Gambin.

Macclesfield Town

13. Reice Charles-Cook

4. Jak McCourt

5. Fiacre Kelleher

7. Arthur Gnahoua

9. Joe Ironside (Jacob Blyth, 87')

10. Ben Stephens (Emmanuel Osadebe, 83')

14. Connor Kirby

15. Fraser Horsfall

16. Corey O'Keeffe (Theo Archibald, 65')

23. David Fitzpatrick

25. Nathan Cameron

Unused Substitute: Michael Rose.

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Colchester United (A)

17 January 2020

Macclesfield Town make the long journey down to Essex tomorrow afternoon, as Mark Kennedy takes charge of The Silkmen for the first time. 

Tickets are cheaper if you purchase in advance, with the following price schedule in operation -

Category Advance Matchday
Adult £22.00 £24.00
Concession £16.00 £18.00
U18 £11.50 £13.50
U14 £5.00 £5.50
U11 Free Free
Additional U11 £2.00 £2.50
Carer Free Free

Silkmen fans will be housed in block E of the Jobserve Stand and you can purchase you match tickets direct from Colchester United here.

You can also book your match parking by following the link here 

 

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