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
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).
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.
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.
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.