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Preview: Barrow v Colchester United

10 September 2021

A photograph of The Dunes Hotel Stadium Ian Allington
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Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of this evening's game with our full and in-depth preview of the action at The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

Barrow v Colchester United
Friday 10th September 2021, 7.45pm
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Colchester United will be aiming to extend their uneaten run in League Two to four games when they make the trip to face Barrow at The Dunes Hotel Stadium this evening.

Hayden Mullins’ side have proved difficult opposition so far this term and have tasted defeat just once in their five league outings to date.

The U’s were left frustrated by a postponement last weekend when Sutton United’s COVID-19 problems meant they could not travel to play the game.

Colchester returned to action in the Papa John’s Trophy against Gillingham in midweek when a rotated line-up lost 1-0 in their first group fixture.

One To Watch
Front man Frank Nouble returned for a second spell with Colchester United when he signed a deal at The JobServe Community Stadium in July.

The much-travelled 29-year-old previously spent two seasons with The U’s between 2018 and 2020 before spending the 2020/21 campaign in the colours of Plymouth Argyle.

Nouble has been a starter in each of Colchester’s League Two fixtures so far this season and he’s someone The Bluebirds will need to keep a keen eye on tonight.

Head To Head
Both of last season’s fixtures ended in 1-1 draws as Barrow twice came from behind to claim a point both on home soil and in Essex.

Last term was the first time the two sides had played each other in the Football League since the 1971/72 campaign when they drew 2-2 at Holker Street before Barrow won 1-0 in Colchester.

It will be Simon Mather’s first visit to Barrow in two seasons when he’s on the whistle for this evening’s game against Colchester United.

He last refereed The Bluebirds back in April 2019 when he saw us lose 3-2 to Dover Athletic in an agonising National League encounter.

Having been promoted to the EFL’s list of referees during the summer, Mather has overseen three games so far in 2021/22 – most recently, Leyton Orient’s 2-0 win over Bradford City two weeks ago.

Tickets for tonight’s game are available in advance online right now, from Main Reception (card payment only) and then from the Fan Zone Ticket Booth from 5pm (cash and card payment).

Click here for all the information you need on buying tickets for tonight’s game.

Live Streaming
We are allowed to stream this evening’s fixture on iFollow so if you can’t get along to The Dunes Stadium then you will be able to enjoy a live feed online with us.

All you need to do is ensure you’re signed-up for a FREE iFollow account and then you can add a Video Match Pass for this evening’s game then sit back and enjoy all the action live.

Click here to add your Match Pass ahead of kick-off.

Live Commentary
We will be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by former Bluebirds star Paul Jones for full coverage of tonight’s game against The U’s.

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 Bluebirds have been installed as 5/4 favourites for victory tonight, with the visitors rated a 21/10 shot and a price of 11/5 on the game ending all-square.

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

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Match Reports

Barrow Beaten By Colchester United

10 September 2021

A photograph of Josh Gordon in action for Barrow against Colchester United Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
Josh Gordon in action for Barrow against Colchester United

Barrow were beaten by Colchester United as the first taste of Friday night football produced a rollercoaster encounter at The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

Mark Cooper selected an unchanged starting eleven and things looked on course for another good night when Jordan Stevens scored midway through the first half.

However, The U’s hit back to lead at the break following goals from Alan Judge and Freddie Sears only for Ollie Banks to slot home a second half penalty after the visitors had been reduced to ten men through Luke Chambers’ sending-off.

The Essex outfit looked like having to hang on after Banks’ 76th-minute spot kick but Tom Eastman nodded a winner ten minutes from time and The Bluebirds also finished the contest a man down following James Jones’ second yellow card.

The game began at a good tempo and in-form Ollie Banks was first to have an effort on goal but his steered drive went just too high following good work from The Bluebirds on the right.

Jordan Stevens was looking full of energy on his home debut, and he showed great confidence to let fly from 25 yards after being given some time on the ball, but he dragged his shot wide.

Some typically tenacious work from Josh Gordon saw him pester a defender out of possession to tee up Offrande Zanzala but his ferocious strike flashed wide of the upright.

Robbie Gotts then sent a searching cross into the box from the left which found Zanzala, who cleverly chested it down in front of Gordon but he shot too high.

The pressure told on 25 minutes when a short back pass from a Colchester defender was seized upon by Stevens and he rammed home his first goal for the Club from close range to make it 1-0.

Mark Cooper’s men looked comfortable at that stage, but things began to unravel ten minutes before the break. A lightning-fast counterattack down the right saw Freddie Sears scamped on to the ball and deliver a low cross right into the path of Alan Judge in the middle and he tapped home the visitors’ equaliser.

It went from bad to worse three minutes later. This time it was the Barrow defence’s turn to show some hesitation, but Sears was alert to the opportunity and nipped in quickly to knock the ball beyond Paul Farman and make it 2-1.

Barrow tried to build some momentum at the start of the second half and Stevens’ early cross from the right caused problems in the Colchester area as Patrick Brough kept it alive at the far post but Zanzala couldn’t force the loose ball home.

Banks’ influence on the game was growing and he clipped a lovely cross on to the head of Zanzala but his effort from close range dropped straight into the hands of keeper Shamal George.

Midfield star Banks then launched an outrageous ball over the top into Zanzala’s path and this time the front man took a touch before seeing a low shot blocked. The ball popped out loose for Brough whose prodded effort was cleared off the line and then Gordon lashed an effort over as Colchester somehow survived.

There was another twist midway through the second half as Luke Chambers ill-advisedly lunged at Zanzala and the referee had no option but to show the Colchester man a second yellow card and reduce them to ten men.

The Bluebirds almost made their advantage pay immediately as Brough’s cross from the left was brilliantly plucked out of the way by Gotts on the edge of the area and he then sent a curling effort on goal which was brilliantly clawed away by keeper George.

The U’s were creaking and the pressure became too much when Stevens drove into the area from the right before being hacked down from behind. The referee was well placed to point to the penalty spot and Banks rammed home his fourth goal in four games from twelve yards to level the game up at 2-2 with 14 minutes remaining.

Just as it looked set-up for Barrow to lay siege to the Colchester goal in search of a winner, The U’s snatched a third goal to retake the lead. A ball was sent into the box from the left where substitute Tom Eastman sent a header across goal and into the far corner of the net for 3-2.

Josh Kay came off the bench too add a spark and he could have levelled when he cut inside dangerously from the left, but he couldn’t get enough bend on his shot and flashed past the far post.

The numbers were levelled right on the stroke of 90 minutes when James Jones stretched to foul Nouble and the referee had no option but to show the defender his second yellow card and Barrow were also down to ten for injury time.

The Bluebirds threw everything at their visitors during seven minutes added on – including sending Paul Farman up for a corner – but Colchester held on to take all three points on their long journey back to Essex.

Full Time: Barrow 2 Colchester United 3

Barrow: Farman, Hutton, J Jones, Taylor (Sea 72), Grayson, Brough, Gotts, Banks, Stevens, Gordon (Kay 83), Zanzala.
Subs: Moloney, Lillis, Arthur, White.

Booked: J Jones, Banks.

Sent-off: J Jones.

Colchester United: George, Chambers, Smith, Wiredu, Hannant (Chilvers 76), Skuse, Nouble, Judge (Eastman 66), Sears (Tchamadeu 87), Daniels, Coxe.
Subs not used: Turner, Jasper, Dobra, Kennedy.

Booked: Chambers, Wiredu, Hannant, Coxe, Nouble, Skuse.

Sent-off: Chambers.

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Colchester United (H)

10 September 2021

A photograph of Barrow fans celebrating a goal Ian Allington
Barrow fans celebrating at The Dunes Hotel Stadium

Here are all the ticket details you need if you want to come and support The Bluebirds against Colchester United this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Tickets for tonight’s game against The U’s are on sale now online and you can make a small saving by buying in advance.

Fans are strongly advised to buy online, where you can either print your e-ticket or simply show the ticket on your smartphone at the turnstiles.

Home and away fans will also be able to buy tickets on the day of the game from 2pm in Main Reception (card payment only) and from 6pm in the Fan Zone Ticket Booth (cash and card payment), but these will be at the slightly higher price. There will be no tickets sold on the turnstiles.

Tickets will remain available online (and at the lower price) until 4pm on matchday.

Click here now to buy your tickets for this evening’s game online.


In Advance

Adults - £19
Concessions - £15
Under 18s - £6
Under 7s – Free

Adults - £16
Concessions - £13
Under 18s - £5
Under 7s – Free

On The Day

Adults - £20
Concessions - £16
Under 18s - £7
Under 7s – Free

Adults - £17
Concessions - £14
Under 18s - £6
Under 7s – Free

Holker Street Opening Times
Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday (matchday): 2pm – 7.45pm
Saturday (matchday): 12noon – 3pm

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