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24 February 2018 Venue Weston Homes Community Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview | Colchester United (a)

23 February 2018

EFL Sky Bet League Two – Weston Homes Community Stadium – Saturday 24th February 2018 – KO 3pm

Team News:

Richard Brindley is a doubt (knee) after limping off injured last weekend. Harry Taylor is still recovering from a broken metatarsal and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (knee) remains out. Elliott Johnson (knee) and Dave Tarpey (knee) are both long-term absentees but are back out running as their recovery process continues.

Last Time We Met:

Colchester United were 1-0 winners at The Hive London in November 2017.

The match started at a frantic pace, Ryan Jackson forced Jamie Stephens into a save and Ryan Watson’s free-kick tested Sam Walker at the other end.

After the break, Ryan Inniss put his body on the line to deflect Mauro Vilhete's effort destined for the back of the net.

After the break, Simeon Akinola dragged a shot wide of the post and Jack Taylor made a goalline clearance from Inniss’ header.

The deadlock was broken in the 84th minute, Sammie Szmodic’s with a brilliant strike snatched the points.

Manager:

John McGreal was appointed First Team Coach at Colchester United in May 2016.

He brings with him vast experience of the professional game, having enjoyed a 17-year playing career with Tranmere Rovers, Ipswich Town and Burnley, playing over 400 games before hanging up his boots in 2007.

His time at Rovers was part of a successful time at Prenton Park, with Rovers winning promotion, reaching the playoffs three times and getting to the semi-finals of the League Cup in his stint there.

During his time at Portman Road, he helped Town to promotion to the Premier League, going up via the playoffs with a 4-2 win over Barnsley. Joining the U's in 2009 as part of the coaching staff at the club, he progressed to become U21’s manager, helping them to an impressive fourth-place finish in the Development League Table.

His coaching has also helped provide a springboard into senior football for a number of the U's academy graduates and the last couple of years have seen the likes of Frankie Kent, Tom Lapslie, Kane Vincent-Young, Sammie Szmodics, Macauley Bonne, Femi Akinwande and Louis Dunne all make their first team breakthrough.

Dangerman:

Sammie Szmodics bagged the only goal of the game when the two sides met at The Hive London earlier in the season and is likely to make his return from injury this weekend.

That goal was one of 12 that he has scored this season, but the midfielder has also registered three assists in his 29 appearances across all competitions.

A product of the Colchester United Academy, Szmodics has now made over 100 appearances for the Essex side and was voted December Player of the Month for Sky Bet League Two.

His performances have reportedly attracted interest from higher divisions, Premier League Bournemouth were linked with a move for the 22-year-old in January.

Last Time Out:

Colchester United lost 1-0 away to Crewe Alexandra last weekend. Shaun Miller’s strike on the hour mark ended Crewe’s run of 6 games without a win.

It was a close affair at the Alexandra Stadium and it was a game of narrow margins. Colchester’s best chance came when Drey Wright’s effort was turned around the post.

Connections:

Richard Brindley joined the Bees on a free transfer in the summer. Prior to this, he spent two years at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. A loan was turned into a permanent move in 2015 and Brindley would go on to make a total of 76 appearances for Colchester.

Sam Walker joined Barnet on loan from Chelsea in 2011, going on to make seven league appearances for the Bees. Between 2013 and 2014, Walker had two separate loan spells at Colchester, before signing permanently. He’s made over 150 league appearances for The U’s so far.

Ticket info:

Ticket information can be found here.

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Match Reports

Report | Colchester United 0-1 Barnet FC

24 February 2018

The Bees earned their first away clean sheet of the season in a 1-0 win at Colchester United, Alex Nicholls' second half strike the difference between the two sides.

An icy, strong wind swirled around the Weston Homes Community Stadium and it took a while for both sides to adjust to the difficult conditions.

Ryan Watson's effort in the 15th minute went across the face of goal and narrowly wide before Mandron had a chance for the U's, but his volley was dragged past the post.

On the half-hour mark, Ryan Jackson had his shot from 6-yards out blocked and subsequently cleared by Ruben Bover.

Watson had another chance from Akinde's header but again it went the wrong side of the post.

Legg, making his professional debut, was forced to make a good save in first-half stoppage time. He was quick off of his line, made himself big and blocked Senior's effort.

Colchester, whose chances were few and far between, would live to rue their missed opportunities when the Bees took the lead in the 67th minute.

George Legg's long kick was brought down out of the sky by John Akinde. He shrugged off his marker before cutting inside and teeing up Alex Nicholls who would take one touch before firing across goal and finishing into the bottom left corner.

In truth, the hosts never really threatened Legg's goal for the remainder of the game, Frankie Kent with the best opportunity but he fired over the bar for the edge of the box.

Graham Westley picks up his first away win as Barnet Head Coach and the Bees pick up a crucial three points in their bid to beat the drop.

BARNET - Legg, Santos, Watson, Weston (c), Akinde, Coulthirst (Nicholson '86), Tutonda, Bover (J. Taylor '78), Vilhete, Nicholls, Sweeney.

Unused - Ross, Clough, Shomotun, Payne, Plavotic

Attendance - 3121 (235 Barnet)

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Tickets | Colchester United away details

21 February 2018

Barnet are back in League Two action on Saturday when we travel to Essex to take on Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The travelling Bee Army will be seated in Blocks 1 & 2 of the Jobserve East Stand and tickets are available in advance or on the day with a price rise.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Jobserve East 1

 

Advance

Matchday

Adult

£21.00

£23.00

Concession

£15.00

£17.00

U18

£11.00

£13.00

U14

£4.50

£5.00

U11

FOC

FOC

Additional U11

£1.50

£2.00

Carer

FOC

FOC

*U11 are FOC on a 1 (Adult/Senior) to 4 basis. After this the Additional U11 cost apply.

Jobserve East 2

 

Advance

Matchday

Adult

£23.00

£25.00

Concession

£17.00

£19.00

U18

£12.00

£14.00

U14

£5.50

£6.00

U11

FOC

FOC

Additional U11

£2.50

£3.00

Carer

FOC

FOC

*U11 are FOC on a 1 (Adult/Senior) to 4 basis. After this the Additional U11 cost apply.

Tickets and car parking can be purchased here.

Please be aware that there are Rail Replacement Buses running this weekend due to planned engineering works from London Liverpool Street. Please check before you travel.

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