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11 November 2023 Venue JobServe Community Stadium Attendance

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11 November 2023

Sutton's search for a first away league point of the season in Sky Bet League Two continues in Essex on Saturday when U's visit the other U's in Sky Bet League Two, Colchester United, kick off 3pm. Sutton will be wearing all amber.

A run of only one win in seven league games, albeit that the victory was against current leaders Notts County, saw Ben Garner leave Colchester three weeks ago, since when former Crawley manager Matthew Etherington has been in caretaker charge, and he has overseen an upturn in form, with Tuesday's 3-1 win over Swindon Colchester's third league win in a row, although they suffered a narrow FA Cup exit last week at League One Shrewsbury. They go in to Saturday's game in 18th place, nine points above Sutton.

Last season the visit to the Jobserve Community Stadium coincided with Sutton's end of season slump in form, and despite going ahead through David Ajiboye U's ended up beaten 4-1, but two seasons ago it was Sutton who came from behind to win 3-1 with Ajiboye, Rob Milsom and Ben Goodliffe on target, Milsom's a penalty after Samson Tovide, who has developed in to an important member of the Colchester squad, had been sent off for handling on the goalline.

Goodliffe won't be able to contribute to Saturday's game as he serves a one match suspension having accumulated five cautions, but manager Matt Gray is hopeful that Omar Sowunmi, who was born in Colchester and spent two years with them prior to joining Bromley, will be fit to return after he missed last week's FA Cup victory over Fylde due to concussion. While still bottom of the table, U's go in to Saturday's game on the back of two consecutive league and cup wins.

Referee Peter Wright is taking charge of a meeting between the sides for the second time, having refereed the game at Sutton last season. He is in his sixth season as an EFL referee.

Tickets for the game are on sale through the Colchester website. The link to buy tickets is here. It is advised to buy tickets in advance, as although tickets can be bought on the day from the ticket office there is an increase in price and the ticket office can get very crowded on match days. Prices are:

Advance: Adults £21.50, Concessions (Senior 65+/ age 18-20/ Ambulant Disabled/ NHS & Armed Forces) £16.25 and Under 18s £12.25

Matchday (card payment only): Adults £23.50; Concessions £18.25; Under 18 £14.50

If you can't get to the game you can listen to a live audio commentary on our iFollow service. A match pass costs £2.50, but you can also buy a monthly pass for £4.49 and seasonal passes for £45, which cover FA Cup ties when match passes are not available. Overseas supporters can watch a live stream of the game for £10, with monthly and seasonal passes again available although FA Cup games are not streamed. You can buy a pass here

The Supporters' Club coach leaves at 11.15am, fare £25 for adults, £20 for juniors. You can book by emailing John Parsons on johnparsons092@gmail.com - payment will be required in advance.

For those driving, car parking can be booked at the ground for £7 but must be booked in advance on this link. The ground is adjacent to junction 28 of the A12. From the junction, turn right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way from the third roundabout.

Parking is also available at the Colchester Park and Ride, just the other side of the A12 from the ground, for £3. Again this must be booked in advance. Use this link and choose location 737944. Anyone driving should allow time for congestion through two stretches of major roadworks on the A12 between the M25 and Colchester.

For those travelling by train, engineering works mean that part of the journey, between Ingatestone and Witham, needs to be done by rail replacement bus, so the journey takes around two hours in total, although trains off Liverpool Street are frequent, leaving at 02, 20, 30 and 50 minutes past the hour. From Colchester station take the Park and Ride from stand F to the car park mentioned above. Supporters should also note that only the Elizabeth Line and Central Line will be serving Liverpool Street on Saturday morning, and with a number of events taking place in London, including the Lord Mayor's Show in the City, the Underground network is likely to be very busy.

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Match Reports

Match report for Colchester United 1 Sutton United 1

11 November 2023

Colchester United 1 (Read 80) Sutton United 1 (Sowunmi 90+5)

A stoppage time equaliser from Omar Sowunmi earned Sutton a deserved first away league point of the season after Arthur Read's fine individual goal had seemed set to give Colchester what would have been a fourth consecutive League Two victory.

With Ben Goodliffe suspended, Sowunmi was fit to return alongside Louis John, but injuries ruled out Craig Clay and Rob Milsom, the latter fit for the bench but Clay failing a pre-match fitness test, so Dominic Gape came in for his first start and Joe Kizzi switched to left back with Ryan Jackson coming in on the right.

Colchester began with three corners in the first five minutes, none of which came to anything as two were played short and cleared and the third landed safely in the hands of Dean Bouzanis, and it was Sutton who created the first real threat as Josh Coley was fouled thirty yards out and Harry Beautyman's free kick was headed over by Sowunmi.

Kizzi was booked for a heavy challenge on Jayden Fevrier, but the free kick gave U's their best chance so far as Coley was able to counter as U's cleared, and his crossfield pass gave Aiden O'Brien the chance to attack the penalty area and beat a defender before shooting just wide.

That heralded a good spell from Sutton without being able to create any clear chances, Beautyman sending a volley looping wide, and Colchester, whose slow build-up frustrated the home crowd on occasions, went close when Read's 20-yard shot was beaten away by Bouzanis. The end of the half saw U's under pressure, with Harry Smith and Beautyman both booked and Colchester missing two good chances as first Samson Tovide put Joe Turner through, with Bouzanis making a good save to divert the shot over, and Turner then returning the compliment only for Tovide to blaze the ball in to the 228 Sutton supporters behind the goal.

Sutton started the second half well, and when goalkeeper Owen Goodman came a long way to reach a Christian N'Guessan free kick and failed to gather cleanly, both Sowunmi and Kizzi had shots blocked in the six yard box and moments later when Smith headed down John's cross, Gape's shot was also blocked. It became a more open game, with both sides failing to make the best of their possession, and with twenty minutes to go Colchester made a triple substitution in attack. There were still few clear cut chances, Sowunmi miscuing a volley wide from an N'Guessan free kick, but with ten minutes to go one of the Colchester substitutes, Brad Ihionvien, played a ball through for Read, who showed tremendous close control to jink his way in to the penalty area and slot the ball past Bouzanis.

Sutton made a triple switch of their own to try and grab the equaliser, and N'Guessan had a late shot deflected wide, but one last chance came when Cameron McGeehan's wild challenge on Kizzi earned him a booking and gave N'Guessan one more opportunity to float in a free kick. The ball carried to beyond the far post, Smith showed fine control to get to the by line and cut back a low cross, and Sowunmi hammered a shot high in to the net to earn U's a thoroughly well deserved point.

Sutton: D Bouzanis, R Jackson, J Kizzi, O Sowunmi, D Gape(sub L Angol 84), L John, J Coley(sub D Pereira 83) C N'Guessan, H Smith, H Beautyman, A O'Brien(sub O Patrick 84). Subs n/u J Rose, C Dundas, T Fadahunsi, R Milsom. Booked: Kizzi, Smith, Beautyman, John. 

Colchester: O Goodman, W Greenidge(sub F Kelleher 89), M Egbo, C McGeehan, Z Mitchell, T Dallison, J Fevrier, A Read, S Tovide(sub T Hopper 70), N Chilvers(sub C Cooper 70), J Taylor(sub B Ihionvien 70). Subs S Hornby, J Mingi, F Terry. Booked: Dallison, Read, McGeehan

Referee: Peter Wright

Attendance: 3,732 (228 away)

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