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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park 11:33 - Mar 13 with 1023 viewsdurham_exile

Blundell Park Saturday 13th March 2021 at 1730hrs will not decide our fate this season but it will determine whether we deserve to be in the bottom two. Grimsby are rock bottom and although picking up a point midweek will consider the last-minute Carlisle equaliser as a kick in the teeth at a time when they like the U’s are fighting for every point.

It is a must win for the U’s in order to put some space between us and the bottom two and also to give some much-needed confidence ahead of the difficult game at Salford on Tuesday.

Indeed it is a relegation six pointer just to further ratchet up the pressure.

Table
18 Scunny 32 39 -9
19 Walsall 33 38 -6
20 COL U 33 36 -15
21 PV 34 35 -6
22 Barrow 32 32 -5
23 Southend 34 29 -28
24 Grimsby 32 25 -28

Goal difference is becoming a real issue for the U’s and Walsall’s defeat to Barrow midweek is dragging them into the relegation dogfight.

Remaining Fixtures:
Grimsby A
Salford A
PV H
Tranmere H
Bradford H
Bolton A
Barrow H
Oldham A
Walsall H
Southend H
Cheltenham A
Salford H
Tranmere H

To put things into perspective this will not be an easy game. We last won at Blundell Park in 1979. I have been several times since and we have either drawn or lost. I normally meet up with Gerry, we enjoy Papas’ Fish n Chips on Cleethorpes Pier and then walk it off enroute to the ground.

The irony this season is we have actually been selected by the computer to play Grimsby on a Saturday afternoon. Shock horror, the famous Tuesday night condemned to the annals of history. Of course, we hope that a victory today will finally give us the confidence to think about securing 53 points and safety. Yes, I know that fewer points will probably suffice but we must secure safety as soon as possible. There can be no messing about when we are struggling for points with the last three games all potentially difficult.

So, three points today is not only crucial but also will send out the message to our relegation bedfellows that we are fighting to avoid the drop.

Do we really want to visit Sutton, Hartlepool, Torquay, Stockport, Wrexham, Notts Co, Chesterfield, Yeovil, Dagenham, and Barnet next season (two of which will replace the relegated teams)?

Paul Hurst took over the Mariners after Ian Holloway was sacked, and he has found things difficult but as with all teams until it is mathematically impossible, they will feel that they are in with a shout of avoiding the drop.

This is not the time for recriminations, that will come later, the simple truth is that we have been advancing backwards for the past 5 years. WB has been brave enough to take over after we were left adrift by the previous administration. WB has been returning players to the fold who had been frozen out by SB and the one that I have banged on about for weeks is Paris Cowan-Hall. A player capable of playing in Defence, Midfield, or Up front and he gives great flexibility.

WB blooded some of the youngsters and perhaps they were not quite ready, but they have potential for the future as does Samson Tovide who must surely be in contention for a start towards the end of the season.

The three at the back with wing backs did not work the other evening. A flat back four seems favourite. We have missed Prosser this season but as with the other players who were allowed to leave, we must move on.

Team:

George

Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Clampin

Sarpong-Wiredu Pell Cowan-Hall

Brown

Harriott Nouble

Subs:

Coulter Stevenson Sowunmi Chilvers Folivi Poku Sayer

Ben Stevenson is back but only trained on Thursday therefore expect no more than 20 minutes today. I recommended leaving Chilvers out a few games ago for the simple reason that he looks burned out having been expected to play virtually every minute of every game. He has talent and potential and should be used as an impact player at the moment. Tom Lapslie similarly has had a frustrating season with injuries and false starts.

Big Frank was sorely missed and although stupid to be sent off (frustration being the main reason for his two offences) he will be needed at Blundell Park tonight.

Kwame Poku has not made the transition that he threatened to make last season and needs more time. Courtney Senior has been weak and ineffectual this season end of story.

Regardless of what people think about Jevani Brown, he is our best striker when he receives the service and up until mid-November was on fire. He needs to start, and the goals will come again.

The weather at Blundell Park will be 6 degrees Celsius at kick off, only a 5% risk of precipitation and a light breeze.

Colchester to prevail 3-1 for a much-needed victory and three vital points.

Enjoy the game (if you can).

Up the U’s



Durham_exile

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 12:18 - Mar 13 with 641 viewsLeadbelly

Let’s hope you are right Durham.

Light breeze would be fine but the forecast suggests gusts up to 29mph. Conditions may hamper both sides.

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 13:06 - Mar 13 with 632 viewsnoah4x4

Difficult TV choice, watch England Rugby or Colchester United? I wonder which will be the least depressing? Think I will record Rugby and watch the U’s. Can always turn over if it is bad...

Players must realise it is time to deliver for Colchester as nobody will want to know them in non-league. This is the last chance saloon.
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 13:38 - Mar 13 with 621 viewsthrillseeker

Looking forward to the game tonight

Win - we will be fine

Lose - I will begin to fear the worst

Any idea why KO is 17:30?
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 14:18 - Mar 13 with 604 viewswessex_exile

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 13:38 - Mar 13 by thrillseeker

Looking forward to the game tonight

Win - we will be fine

Lose - I will begin to fear the worst

Any idea why KO is 17:30?


Probably so we don't have to travel up the night before I expect. Means they'll be later getting back tonight, but saves the hassle (and cost) of an overnight stop.

Up the U's
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:05 - Mar 13 with 579 viewsnoah4x4

Currently watching Salford battering Pompey. How it remains 0-0 at HT is entirely down to the Pompey goalkeeper. But it has struck me watching this that Division Two is exceptionally high quality this season....except at the bottom end.
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:16 - Mar 13 with 574 viewsgerry_us

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 13:38 - Mar 13 by thrillseeker

Looking forward to the game tonight

Win - we will be fine

Lose - I will begin to fear the worst

Any idea why KO is 17:30?


So Durham and I could have a fish and chips tea.. Oh, sorry forgot, can't.
Understand that kick-off was agreed so our superstars could have a lie in this morning.
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:33 - Mar 13 with 571 viewsdurham_exile

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:16 - Mar 13 by gerry_us

So Durham and I could have a fish and chips tea.. Oh, sorry forgot, can't.
Understand that kick-off was agreed so our superstars could have a lie in this morning.


Gerry,
Papas is currently doing takeaway, however at 134 miles slightly outside of my takeaway distance!


RESERVATION FORM - PAPA's CLEETHORPES

TO REQUEST PRIORITY SEATING FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW. IF YOUR DESIRED TIME SLOT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR SELECTION PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT AND SPEAK WITH A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM WHO WILL ENDEAVOUR TO ASSIST YOU.


BOOK A TABLE
DATE
NUMBER OF GUESTS
-
TIME

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:43 - Mar 13 with 565 viewsdurham_exile

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:33 - Mar 13 by durham_exile

Gerry,
Papas is currently doing takeaway, however at 134 miles slightly outside of my takeaway distance!


RESERVATION FORM - PAPA's CLEETHORPES

TO REQUEST PRIORITY SEATING FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW. IF YOUR DESIRED TIME SLOT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR SELECTION PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT AND SPEAK WITH A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM WHO WILL ENDEAVOUR TO ASSIST YOU.


BOOK A TABLE
DATE
NUMBER OF GUESTS
-
TIME

Up the U's


Starting XI

George

Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Clampin

Wiredu Pell Cowan-Hall

Brown

Harriott Nouble

Coulter Senior Oteh Chilvers Stevenson Cracknell Tchamadeu

Well I can't complain he's picked my team!

But where is Folivi?

Come on the U's we can do this!

Durham_exile

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:45 - Mar 13 with 563 viewsdurham_exile

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:43 - Mar 13 by durham_exile

Starting XI

George

Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Clampin

Wiredu Pell Cowan-Hall

Brown

Harriott Nouble

Coulter Senior Oteh Chilvers Stevenson Cracknell Tchamadeu

Well I can't complain he's picked my team!

But where is Folivi?

Come on the U's we can do this!


Brilliant sunshine at Cleethorpes.

Pitch looks ok
Dry and not windy.

Everything set fair.

Come on the U's

Durham_exile

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:51 - Mar 13 with 558 viewsgerry_us

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:43 - Mar 13 by durham_exile

Starting XI

George

Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Clampin

Wiredu Pell Cowan-Hall

Brown

Harriott Nouble

Coulter Senior Oteh Chilvers Stevenson Cracknell Tchamadeu

Well I can't complain he's picked my team!

But where is Folivi?

Come on the U's we can do this!


Obviously management look at this board and especially your posts Durham. ...Oh, and wipe that tomato ketchup off your chin
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:57 - Mar 13 with 553 viewsdurham_exile

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:51 - Mar 13 by gerry_us

Obviously management look at this board and especially your posts Durham. ...Oh, and wipe that tomato ketchup off your chin


I must say the prospect of fish n chips is appealing!

Teams warming up at present.

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:58 - Mar 13 with 551 viewsnoah4x4

Salford v Pompey extra time. Maybe a best outcome for Tuesday. Let’s hope Wembley legs and an agonising defeat demoralise them. Come on Pompey, you have been second best. Now crush them.
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 17:01 - Mar 13 with 544 viewsdurham_exile

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 16:58 - Mar 13 by noah4x4

Salford v Pompey extra time. Maybe a best outcome for Tuesday. Let’s hope Wembley legs and an agonising defeat demoralise them. Come on Pompey, you have been second best. Now crush them.


Come on Pompey

PV 0 v Bolton 1
Scummend 0 v Stevenage 0

Grimsby 1 v Colchester 3

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 17:12 - Mar 13 with 537 viewsbwildered

England rugby do a U’s and concede try almost instantly. However it’s how you respond and hit back , if only the U’s can show such pedigree.
Good U’s line up, plenty of experience, just need to keep possession better. Unfortunately not much firepower on the bench to rely on.
[Post edited 13 Mar 17:12]

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 17:26 - Mar 13 with 520 viewsthrillseeker

A positive starting XI

Ready for the match

Come on Col U
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 17:56 - Mar 13 with 495 viewsdurham_exile

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 17:26 - Mar 13 by thrillseeker

A positive starting XI

Ready for the match

Come on Col U


That was a red card

Durham_exile

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:05 - Mar 13 with 489 viewsthrillseeker

Despite the positive line up this is a very disjointed and disappointing performance so far
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:19 - Mar 13 with 468 viewsgerry_us

New attacking line-up. ...?
1 shot, none on target, wow!
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:19 - Mar 13 with 467 viewsdurham_exile

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:05 - Mar 13 by thrillseeker

Despite the positive line up this is a very disjointed and disappointing performance so far


That's what the pressure does to you.

Big second half to come.

Cowan-Hall has been good.

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:28 - Mar 13 with 457 viewsthrillseeker

Durham - this is why football is great and all about opinions but I have disagree with you in that PCH is playing well.

To me he like a lot of players has been anonymous.

Harriott frustrates me so much.

I still fancy us to nick a win. Just do NOT lose

Come on Col U
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:31 - Mar 13 with 451 viewswessex_exile

We're playing better, trying to get it wide and into the box, but it's just not sticking at the moment. How much is that down to the quality of the opposition though?

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:32 - Mar 13 with 447 viewswessex_exile

BTW - is Greggor's commentary coming from a library, he's seems very subdued?

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:39 - Mar 13 with 439 viewsLeadbelly

Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:32 - Mar 13 by wessex_exile

BTW - is Greggor's commentary coming from a library, he's seems very subdued?


BBC commentary will be from in front of the TV in Chelmsford, watching on Ifollow. BBC guidelines preclude staff travelling and I assume DG will be there as well.

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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 18:54 - Mar 13 with 418 viewsthrillseeker

Looking a lot better this half
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Mariners to be all at sea against Super U's at Blundell Park on 19:09 - Mar 13 with 398 viewsthrillseeker

Must not let in a silly goal now
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