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Preview: Colchester United v Barrow

14 January 2022

We turn our attentions to the weekend as The Bluebirds get back to League Two action with a trip to The JobServe Community Stadium.

Colchester United v Barrow
Saturday 15th January 2022, 3pm
JobServe Community Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Colchester United fell to their third successive League Two defeat in midweek when they were beaten 2-0 at Forest Green Rovers as the league-leaders extended their unbeaten run to 12 games.

The loss in Nailsworth means that The U’s remain 22nd in the table ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Barrow – though they are just a point behind with a game in hand.

Following an inconsistent opening to the 2021/22 campaign, Colchester showed signs of improved form at the end of October and into November as they won four from seven in all competitions.

However, their Christmas schedule was decimated by postponements and they’ve now lost all three games since their return to action at Crawley Town on New Year’s Day.

One To Watch
Colchester United fans were delighted when front man Freddie Sears re-joined The U’s during the summer after having a very productive three-year spell there between 2012 and 2015.

A graduate of West Ham United’s Academy, Sears proved himself in senior football during his first stint at Colchester before going on to play over 200 games at Ipswich Town.

Despite Colchester’s inconsistency this term, the 32-year-old has been a reliable source of goals and he’s hit the net 11 times in all competitions – including one in each of his last two games.

Barrow will need to be on their guard to keep Sears quiet on Saturday with the forward crossing his fingers he recovers from illness in time to face The Bluebirds.

Head To Head
Both games between the sides last term finished as 1-1 draws but The U’s were victorious when they travelled to The Dunes Hotel Stadium earlier this term, edging an entertaining encounter 3-2 back in September.

The clubs also shared a division for a couple of seasons at the start of the 1990s when Colchester dropped into the National League, but Barrow lost on both of their trips to Essex.

Will Finnie will take on his first Barrow game of the season when he’s on the whistle for our League Two trip to Colchester United this weekend.

The official is now into his third season on the EFL’s list of referees having been promoted from the National League for the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

Finnie’s most recent outing came in League One last weekend when he oversaw Accrington Stanley’s 1-1 draw with MK Dons during which he showed a red card to Stanley’s Liam Coyle.

Fans can buy their tickets for Saturday’s game by visiting Colchester United’s Online Tickets portal and you can make a saving by buying in advance of matchday.

Click here for all the information you need on tickets for the game.

Live Streaming
We are unable to live stream games on iFollow in the UK on Saturday afternoons, though Bluebirds fans outside of the country can still access live footage on iFollow.

Click here now to visit the Colchester United Match Centre and snap up your Video Match Pass.

Live Commentary
We are providing live online audio commentary from every game this season on iFollow as we continue our broadcast partnership with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will once again be behind the mic as we head for Essex on Saturday.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow.

The bookies are struggling to split the two sides ahead the weekend, with Barrow rated an 8/5 shot and hosts Colchester priced up at 13/8, while a draw is available at odds of 11/5.

Click here now to take a look at a full list of markets ahead of Saturday’s game.

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Match Reports

Report: Colchester United 0 Barrow 2

15 January 2022

A photograph of the Barrow players celebrating at Colchester United Ivan Yordanov (MI News & Sport)
The Barrow players celebrate at Colchester United

Barrow picked up three valuable points on the road as a dominant second half performance was enough to see of Colchester United at The JobServe Community Stadium.

After a drab first half, Mark Cooper’s men upped the tempo after the break and went in front thanks to an own goal early in the second half before Josh Kay wrapped up a satisfying and important win at the death.

The U’s got on the front foot during the opening stages and could have gone in front on three minutes when the ball dropped kindly for Freddie Sears on the edge of the box, but his low drive was well saved down to his right by Paul Farman.

Junior Tchamadeu let fly on his left foot after cutting inside dangerously from the right but his effort was too high to trouble Farman.

At the other end, Patrick Brough had his head in his hands after a corner was half-cleared to him on the fringe of the area and he struck a bullet shot on the volley which was somehow deflected behind by a combination of goalkeeper and defender.

From the resultant corner, Jacob Wakeling could have marked his debut after getting away from his man at the front post only for his glancing header to flash across goal and wide.

Colchester came back again and a ball in from the left was met by Brendan Wiredu who sent a header across goal towards Miles Welch-Hayes at the far post, but he couldn’t adjust his body quickly enough to direct it into the net.

Some patient build-up from The Bluebirds sculpted a shooting opportunity for James Jones and his low strike caused a problem for home goalkeeper Jake Turner who could only parry, before Wakeling glanced another header just off-target when the ball was swung back into the box from the right.

Jones then put a header wide from an Anthony Glennon corner as Mark Cooper’s men built a period of pressure to push their hosts on to the back foot as the half time whistle approached.

Matt Platt did well when a long ball over the top forced him to run back towards his own goal pursued by Sears, but the Barrow centre-back kept his cool to clear the ball away under pressure from behind.

Barrow came out aggressively at the start of the second half and within two minutes worked an opening for Tom White whose powerful shot through a crowded area looked set to find the net before Turner was able to react at the last minute and throw a hand up to parry it away.

The Bluebirds kept coming though and Will Harris curled a shot over the bar and the busy Luke James turned well to fire a 25-yard shot on goal which was held by Turner all inside the first five minutes of the second period.

On 53 minutes, Barrow made their dominance count. Brough drove his way into a good position on the left and fizzed a dangerous cross into the box which Colchester defender Tom Dallison could only divert past his own keeper to make it 1-0.

The home side reacted well to going behind and forced a save out of Paul Farman moments later while they flashed several balls across the Barrow penalty area without reward.

Luke Chambers came close to levelling on 74 minutes when he met a ball into the box but his lofted volley struck the cross bar and Barrow were able to scramble it clear.

The Bluebirds could have made the win safe when they broke brilliantly through Josh Kay who carried the ball from inside his own half before rolling it square for fellow substitute Jamie Devitt, but his low shot was well saved by Turner.

The two subs combined again on 88 minutes, but this time Devitt’s curling low shot was easily fielded by Turner as Cooper’s men continued to threaten with time running out for the hosts.

The points were finally secured in the opening minute of stoppage time when some intricate football finished with White sliding a great ball into the feet of Kay and he slotted a clinical finish into the net to make it 2-0 and send the 112 travelling supporters behind the goal wild with delight.

Full Time: Colchester United 0 Barrow 2

Colchester United: Turner. Welch-Hayes (Hannant 58), Chambers, Wiredu (Chilvers 64), Skuse, Judge, Sears, Dallison, Andrews (Nouble 81), Tchamadeu, Coxe.
Subs not used: Gerken, Smith, Eastman, Huws.

Booked: Dallison.

Barrow: Farman, Hutton, J Jones, Platt, Brough, Glennon, White, Banks, Wakeling (Kay 63), Harris (Devitt 76), James.
Subs not used: Lillis, Brown, Ellis, Stevens.

Booked: Platt, Hutton, J Jones.

Referee: Will Finnie

Attendance: 2,297 (112 Barrow)

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Colchester United (A)

13 January 2022

Here is the all-important information for Barrow supporters who want to follow the team in action at the JobServe Community Stadium.

To cater for the pandemic, Colchester United have introduced a ticketing system specifically designed to deal with any restrictions enforced.

The system is set-up to keep all individuals informed of matchday requirements or restrictions which could deny them access to the stadium for a game.

As a result, all Barrow fans wishing to attend our upcoming fixture at the JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday 15th January (3pm kick-off) will need to purchase a permit from The U’s Online Tickets Portal.

Permits can be purchased right up until kick-off and scanners on the turnstiles will be able to read a permit from a print-out or directly from the screen of your mobile device. However, fans are urged to buy well in advance as this will save you money and avoid the risk of any last-minute issues.

Colchester have also advised that tickets will be available on the day from the Ticket Machines in the JobServe Community Stadium Club Shop.

Ambulant disabled or wheelchair users must purchase their permits over the telephone by calling Colchester United direct on 01206 755 161 – opening hours are Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm.

Click here now to buy your permits for the game at Colchester United.

Barrow supporters will be located in the North Stand behind one of the goals at JobServe Community Stadium where you will be allocated a specific seat when purchasing, after which a confirmation email will be sent offering advice on the next steps.

The capacity in this area is around 1,000 with social distancing and to allow groups of supporters to sit together, The U’s have also integrated ‘bubbles’ into the booking process. This will allocate tickets together with anyone else that purchased tickets in the same sections, using the same group name.

You will need to create an account to buy permits, and this will allow you to log in to the Dashboard to access all information regarding your purchase and will also give you access to book a parking space on first come first served basis.

Click here to download a full guide to buying a match permit for the Colchester United game.


Saver (2-1 week before game)
Adults - £18.50
Concessions* - £13.50
Under 18s - £10

Advance (1 week before game)
Adults - £20
Concessions* - £15
Under 18s - £11.50

Adults - £22
Concessions* - £17
Under 18s - £13.50

*Concessions are NHS, Armed Forces, 65 and over and disabled supporters)

Disabled supporters will also receive a free carer’s ticket if required and if they are in receipt of DLA or PIP.

Click here now to buy your permits for the game at Colchester United.

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