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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies 10:32 - May 1 with 1160 viewsdurham_exile

After an incredible game last night which saw Cambridge lose 5-4 at Harrogate, it shows that league Two this season has been the most unpredictable league. After all who would have thought that on Matchday 45 we were still strictly speaking not mathematically safe from the dreaded Relegation.

Yes, our Essex fiends must win both their games and somehow overcome a 12-goal difference and we have to lose both of ours. Unlikely of course but we still need one point to be absolutely certain of survival. Scunny are also in the frame and Southend only have to overcome an 8-goal difference in their case. Also, unlikely.

COLU 44 47 -18
Scunny 44 47 -22
Southend 44 41 -30 Virtually Relegated
Grimsby 44 40 -30 Relegated

So, Relegation is done and dusted. But what about Promotion?

Cheltenham 44 79
Cambridge 45 77
Bolton 44 76
Morecambe 44 72
Tranmere 44 72
Newport 44 69
Salford 44 68
FGR 44 67
Exeter 44 66

Our opponents today and next week are both in the top seven mix.

Fixtures today:

Barrow v Southend
Bradford v Scunny
Bolton v Exeter
FGR v Tranmere
Newport v Cheltenham
Walsall v Morecambe

Exciting stuff!

As far as we are concerned, I want to see Colchester finish the season strongly. Yes, we have had a lousy season, unprecedented after missing out in the Play Offs last year but today is not the time for recriminations, they will come during the summer when we have to persuade many of our better players to stay and to consider better times next year. Build back better as someone once said.

Incredibly in today’s programme I note that nowhere is Paul Tisdale mentioned in the personalities and positions list. His experience has been instrumental in securing the points to avoid the drop and his pairing with Hayden Mullins has been crucial. Why no mention. If HM stays on next season, it is unlikely that the influential PT will be there to support him.

Harry Pell tells it the way it is in his column. Pulling no punches and I hope that HP leads the team next season.

RC plans a full statement once we know the outcome of the season. He writes in today’s programme “With hindsight I could have done things better but as long as we start next season in the EFL on the same zero points as everyone else in our division and we haven’t deferred any payments to anyone then I will regard this season as mission accomplished. Next season could be another uphill battle against COVID-19 restrictions but at least we wont be climbing it with a proverbial piano on our back.”

Quite so!

The programme shows 31 players within the First team bubble. Some will leave but we must be looking to strengthen during the summer. More of this later after the Tranmere game.

So, who do HM and PT line up with today? Hopefully, the fewer changes the better. Brendan Wiredu may miss out through injury. He must be number one or two on the starting XI list next season.

So, what about in a 4,4,2:

George

Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Clampin

Chilvers Pell Stevenson Harriott

Folivi Nouble

Subs:

Gerken Sowunmi Lapslie Tchamadeu Bohui Brown Cowan-Hall

Forget about relatively safe. We must be looking to finish strongly. After all, at one stage this season we looked to be competing for a top seven finish ourselves. I predict 3-1 to the Super U’s.

Weather in Colchester today is 12 degrees Celsius and sunny but some rain to come later perhaps as the game is finishing.

Salford are no mugs, however. Under Richie Wellens they won the Papa John’s Trophy and held the trophy for 24 hours! Quickly though Gary Bowyer took over and has guided them to seventh spot at present. Ian Henderson the 36-year-old former doyen of Colchester has scored some vital goals for the Ammies. John Ward described him as a wasp. In a week when Wasps have been given a lot of positive press versus Bees. Why?

So, plenty to look forward to and we should be able to play with an element of freedom today.

One thing is certain at least we know who H is.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s


[Post edited 1 May 11:09]

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 13:59 - May 1 with 509 viewsbwildered

Would be nice to finish the home campaign unbeaten, although last two home matches were played against sides in the depts of the division. This would also show that our destiny was in our own hands than rely on others.
Two hard fixtures to finish with both teams vying for promotion play off positions, will show Hayden Mullins credentials in turning a interim position to something more permanent, if the Chairman is still undecided future roles.
So let’s finish with a positive performance, which will hopefully see the end of exile, and return of home supporters for next season .

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 14:10 - May 1 with 501 viewsdurham_exile

Starting XI

George
Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Clampin
Wiredu Chilvers Poku Stevenson
Folivi Nouble

Subs
Gerken Lapslie Sowunmi Senior Brown Bohui Tchamadeu

Up the U's

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 14:10 - May 1 with 501 viewsmfb_cufc

U's side to face Salford: George, Welch-Hayes, Eastman, Smith, Clampin, Wiredu, Stevenson, Chilvers, Poku, Folivi, Nouble

Two changes, Stevenson and Poku in for Pell and Harriot.

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 14:26 - May 1 with 494 viewsPinault_Noir

As ever many thanks for this Durham, can't argue with your sentiments and Mr Cowling's future words are intriguing to say the least. I think we'll lose easily today, on ability, but I hope to be proved wrong. The decline has worried me for ages and this year has had distinct similarities to the season before the one where we dropped out of the league. I hope Cowling's noticed.
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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 14:51 - May 1 with 483 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 14:26 - May 1 by Pinault_Noir

As ever many thanks for this Durham, can't argue with your sentiments and Mr Cowling's future words are intriguing to say the least. I think we'll lose easily today, on ability, but I hope to be proved wrong. The decline has worried me for ages and this year has had distinct similarities to the season before the one where we dropped out of the league. I hope Cowling's noticed.
Up the fragile U's


Pinault try and enjoy the game.

It has been a shocking season end of story.

But Southend and Grimsby are worse teams and that's why they're going down.

Up the U's

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:00 - May 1 with 475 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 14:51 - May 1 by durham_exile

Pinault try and enjoy the game.

It has been a shocking season end of story.

But Southend and Grimsby are worse teams and that's why they're going down.

Up the U's


Apparently Pell and Harriott miss out due to personal reasons

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:07 - May 1 with 473 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:00 - May 1 by durham_exile

Apparently Pell and Harriott miss out due to personal reasons


Newport 1 Cheltenham 0
Orient 1 Carlisle 0
Bolton 1 Exeter 0
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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:20 - May 1 with 458 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:07 - May 1 by durham_exile

Newport 1 Cheltenham 0
Orient 1 Carlisle 0
Bolton 1 Exeter 0
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Barrow 1 Southend 0

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:23 - May 1 with 455 viewswessex_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:20 - May 1 by durham_exile

Barrow 1 Southend 0


...and currently 92nd in the football league

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:29 - May 1 with 449 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:23 - May 1 by wessex_exile

...and currently 92nd in the football league


What a shame!

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:31 - May 1 with 447 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:29 - May 1 by durham_exile

What a shame!


Someone called White has equalised at Barrow

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:33 - May 1 with 444 viewswessex_exile

Two straightforward indisputable yellows gives the referee the perfect opportunity to show Bernard a well-deserved red card.

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:33 - May 1 with 442 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:31 - May 1 by durham_exile

Someone called White has equalised at Barrow


Grimsby take the lead

Salford down to 10 men

Up the U's

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:39 - May 1 with 436 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:33 - May 1 by durham_exile

Grimsby take the lead

Salford down to 10 men

Up the U's


Without counting Chickens we are the better team even before the man advantage.

Can we turn superiority into a goal or two

Up the U's

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:47 - May 1 with 433 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:39 - May 1 by durham_exile

Without counting Chickens we are the better team even before the man advantage.

Can we turn superiority into a goal or two

Up the U's


PT not wearing his trademark cap today.

Up the U's

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:48 - May 1 with 433 viewswessex_exile

No way was Folivi offside, the no. 4 was playing him on by a mile!

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:49 - May 1 with 427 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:48 - May 1 by wessex_exile

No way was Folivi offside, the no. 4 was playing him on by a mile!


When do we get VAR

HT 0-0

Up the U's2

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:59 - May 1 with 416 viewsgerry_us

45 minutes to champagne.....well, Lambrusco actually.
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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:06 - May 1 with 411 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 15:59 - May 1 by gerry_us

45 minutes to champagne.....well, Lambrusco actually.


Cristal

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:12 - May 1 with 408 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:06 - May 1 by durham_exile

Cristal


Bolton 1 Exeter 1
Barrow 1 Southend 2
FGR 1 Tranmere 0
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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:17 - May 1 with 399 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:12 - May 1 by durham_exile

Bolton 1 Exeter 1
Barrow 1 Southend 2
FGR 1 Tranmere 0
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Have the two managers decided on a 0-0 draw.

A glacial pace in the second half

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:22 - May 1 with 396 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:17 - May 1 by durham_exile

Have the two managers decided on a 0-0 draw.

A glacial pace in the second half


Folivi needs to look along the line more.
He gets into good goalscoring positions.

Josh Bohui on for chilvers

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:27 - May 1 with 392 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:22 - May 1 by durham_exile

Folivi needs to look along the line more.
He gets into good goalscoring positions.

Josh Bohui on for chilvers


Bohui

1-0

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:27 - May 1 with 392 viewswessex_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:22 - May 1 by durham_exile

Folivi needs to look along the line more.
He gets into good goalscoring positions.

Josh Bohui on for chilvers


...and Bohui puts the U's 1-0 up!

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Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:29 - May 1 with 385 viewsdurham_exile

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies on 16:27 - May 1 by wessex_exile

...and Bohui puts the U's 1-0 up!


Great finish too

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