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The U'sual Ramblings #2
at 13:44 6 Aug 2022

The U’sual Ramblings #2, and the U’s first home match of the season. Much has been written on our narrow defeat away at Northampton Town last Saturday, not least that if they are the yard-stick for promotion contenders, we can take plenty of credit (and hope) from most of our performance, which really should have earned a point. However, we’ve seen these false dawns before – remember away at Notts County, and at Bradford, in recent years, where we thought we were playing contenders, and they turned out to be whipping boys for most of the season. Still, I don’t expect that of Northampton, so stout hearts faithful…and wasn’t it great seeing Nouble bombing down the wing doing what he does best again!
The U'sual Rambling #1
at 12:51 30 Jul 2022

Here we go folks, are we ready for another rollercoaster of joy and dismay? Right now, I’ll probably take an even mix of both if it guarantees a solid midtable finish, but why stop at that. I agree with Durham in his excellent match review, given how well we finished the second half of the season, ignore the bookies perennial struggler tag – we can do this! For the new season, the blog has slightly metamorphosed into The U’sual Rambling, though largely the same format as last season, albeit perhaps less labour-intensive in content. In my case, pertinent for Saturday given I am missing the opener at Sixfields to dog-sit the beautiful (and high maintenance, super ridiculous, energetic etc.) border collie Reggie.
When Monday Comes #37
at 14:17 8 May 2022

When Saturday Comes and we reach the end of a topsy-turvy season, much of which hasn’t been that much fun if I’m honest, though latterly considerably improved under Wayne Brown. If I can, I always like to do the first and last game of the season, but sadly a trip to Hartlepool just wasn’t on the cards, not if I actually wanted to get home again tonight, so I had to console myself with a pretty enjoyable trip to the JobServe last weekend – not quite the victory the U’s deserved over Walsall, but a great day out anyway. I know it’ll be too late for the Player of the Year awards, but wouldn’t it be nice to see a Freddie Sears hat-trick this afternoon to round off the season.
When Saturday Comes #36
at 21:26 30 Apr 2022

When Saturday Comes tomorrow, and I will be on a train heading over to God’s own county for my last U’s game of the season. That should have been last Friday’s trip to the Principality, but as posted elsewhere I was more than happy to be pre-booked to dog-sit Emma’s collie Reggie that night and had to be content with one of Nadine’s ‘downstreams’ on iFollow. Given both the performance and the result, whilst I was sorry to miss it in person, I was more than happy with how Friday night turned out in the end. Tomorrow will be a gathering of the clans for us, with at the last count at least 8, possibly more, of the family gathering for the match. Ironically, I’ll see them all again on Bank Holiday Monday for a family birthday, but I’ll be driving over for that one.
When Saturday Comes #35
at 15:31 24 Apr 2022

When Saturday Comes and the U’s have already given us a fantastic start to the weekend, with a stirring and well-deserved 2-1 victory at promotion-chasing Newport County. Yes, the Exiles had lost the previous three at home and are looking like they are going to bottle their chance for the play-offs, and yes with the U’s now safe technically we had little to play for, but don’t take anything away from this performance. If Wayne Brown is still being ‘interviewed’ for the full-time role as Colchester United manager, then last night was the equivalent of having an excellent incisive question of your own lined up for the interview panel.
When Saturday Comes #34
at 16:55 17 Apr 2022

When Saturday Comes and our Easter Bank Holiday programme is already underway, following a dismal 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park yesterday. It’s not so much the result that galls, in truth deep down I suspect we all thought it was going to be a difficult trip to get anything out of, it was the manner of that defeat. To say the U’s were lacklustre is a massive understatement – and it wasn’t as if it was down to Exeter City simply outplaying us, I didn’t think they were all that to be honest. I can cope with defeat, heaven knows the U’s have given me enough practice in recent years, but to go down without a whimper, relying on Man of the Match Sham to keep it from becoming a cricket score against an average Exeter City, was just dreadful.
When Saturday Comes #33
at 14:32 10 Apr 2022

When Saturday Comes and there was a time, not too long ago, when today’s game against the charmless Steve Evans and Stevenage was looking like it might be a relegation 6-pointer. Whilst we’re not out of the woods quite yet, back-to-back victories over Tranmere Rovers and Harrogate mean we go into this game knowing even if we were to slip up against Stevenage, we’ll still be 8pts plus goal difference ahead of them, and only five games left to play. Still, let’s not dwell on negatives, because three wins on the bounce will be the confidence-booster we’ll need ahead of the tough trip on Good Friday to St James’ Park.
When Saturday Comes #32
at 14:25 3 Apr 2022

When Saturday Comes and the U’s face the longish trip to Harrogate Town for only the second time in our history – let’s hope the journey is more fruitful than our 3-0 defeat on our first visit last March. On the back of our stirring 1-0 victory over promotion chasing Tranmere Rovers, not least Junior Tchamadeu’s blistering injury time winner, we can be at least hopeful for a better return this time. Moreso considering our two previous 1-0 defeats were also against promotion contenders Bristol Rovers and league leaders FGR, with the U’s unlucky not to have got points in both of them.
When Saturday Comes #31
at 18:03 26 Mar 2022

After the excitement of our televised game against FGR on Monday night, and all the positive attention we’ve received as a result of Robbie making it our “Game for Ukraine” fundraiser, When Saturday Comes comes back down to earth with a bump against promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers. Despite the disappointing 1-0 defeat on Monday night, I guess we can at least take a small positive that if FGR are currently the best team in our league, we for the most part matched them on the pitch. Again we’re left cursing our luck, particularly when Junior’s late effort struck the base of the post rather than squeezing in to give us the point I felt we deserved – but I’ve said before, when you’re at the wrong end of the table, luck has a tendency to go walkies.
When Monday Comes #30
at 17:33 22 Mar 2022

When Saturday Comes came and went without a match for the U’s, so it’s When Monday Comes for this blog. No surprise to anyone really, given the build-up that tonight’s televised “Game for Ukraine against table-topping Forest Green Rovers has been receiving. Well, I say table-topping, and they still are, but I suspect way back when Sky chose this game for broadcast they were probably thinking it might have been the match that clinched promotion for FGR? Since then, their form has absolutely tanked, their last win was eight games ago at home to Rochdale, and their unassailable 16-point gap from having to worry about the lottery of the play-offs has been whittled away to just six points, with the chasing pack closing in fast.
When Saturday Comes #29
at 13:52 13 Mar 2022

When Saturday Comes and the U’s face a vital game against the current worst side in the Football League, Scunthorpe United, at Glanford Park. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is one of those ‘6-pointers’, because frankly I think Scunnie look doomed already – nine points adrift of safety, ten really when you consider their dreadful -35 goal difference, and just two points from their last 15 available. But, any sign of complacency will be our downfall – the U’s must build on their stirring victory over promotion hopefuls Port Vale and put further distance between ourselves and the relegation zone.
When Saturday Comes #28
at 14:47 6 Mar 2022

So here we are, When Saturday Comes and the must-win three home games left is now just one, and probably the trickiest of the set too, at home against promotion-chasing Port Vale. As demoralising as it was to succumb to an injury-time equaliser against the O’s, it was at least a slightly improved performance, certainly worthy of 3pts most days. Still, it is what it is, so we find ourselves yet again desperate for points, and more so still looking for our next morale-boosting home win.
When Saturday Comes #27
at 13:06 27 Feb 2022

When Saturday Comes and our must-win four home games are now whittled down to three, following a thoroughly dispiriting 2-1 home defeat to Hartlepool on Tuesday night. As ever, when your down on your luck nothing ever seems to go your way, and Coxe’s jinking run into the box really deserved more than the goal kick eventually awarded. After beating the ‘keeper at the near post, if the ball had struck the base of the post a fraction firmer it would have been a tap-in for Sears, a fraction slighter and it glances/ spins in, but exactly at the point it did hit, it spins across the face of goal and out for the goal-kick. Just to say too, probably one of the best performances I’ve seen for Coxe too.
When Saturday Comes #26
at 13:57 20 Feb 2022

When Saturday Comes the country finds itself mopping after, in rapid succession Storm Dudley (can anyone say that without using a Brummie accent?) and particularly Storm Eunice battered the UK. Yesterday was certainly an entertaining day for yours truly, most of which was spent trying to prevent decrepit fence panels being turned into frisbees. I more or less succeeded, but not with a fence that will stand much longer (or indeed not at all if it wasn’t lashed to the garden table). Still, it’ an ill wind for fencing contractors, including the one I have arriving next week to put a new one up.
When Saturday Comes #25
at 14:45 13 Feb 2022

When Saturday Comes returns this weekend after my grand day out last Saturday at Brisbane Road, and what a grand day it was. Beer, mates, a thousand of the vociferous faithful, and a well-deserved 3pts from a sublime Sears strike to cap off an excellent day. It was a shame the U’s couldn’t maintain their momentum on Tuesday night in a very competitive fixture at high-flying Mansfield, but not for want of trying, and certainly on the second performance a point would not have been undeserved. But those are the breaks when you’re at the wrong end of the league and your luck is against you.
When Saturday Comes #24
at 22:08 29 Jan 2022

When Saturday Comes this weekend, I will find myself heading south to meet up with my mate Craig, his brothers and no doubt many hundreds of other Spireites for their match at Eastleigh Football Club. As a result, with an early start planned, this weekend’s blog is a bit earlier than usual. The last time we all did a Chesterfield awayday, the then struggling Spireites won 2-1 at Havant & Waterlooville with an injury-time penalty, so I’m hoping for something similar tomorrow.
When Saturday Comes #23
at 14:24 23 Jan 2022

When Saturday Comes, and the U’s have a new management team in charge for a tough trip to Salford. Football is a results business, and sadly Hayden Mullins and his assistant Alex Dyer couldn’t deliver those results on the pitch. Yes they’ve had some tough breaks when luck and competent officials have just completely deserted them, but bottom line is we haven’t been good enough, and it was the right call by Robbie Cowling to no doubt reluctantly let them go after seven defeats in the last eight games, our solitary point a dour 0-0 at Bradford City.
When Saturday Comes #22
at 14:32 16 Jan 2022

It’s the 15th of January, and still the U’s are attempting to play their first home match of 2022. Weather looks good (check), players have returned from injury (check), no on-day Covid testing to get in the way (check), so barring fire famine or flood, I reckon we must have at least a 50:50 chance of a game at the JobServe this afternoon. Whether it’ll be three much-needed points or not, and if you’ll pardon the pun, I at least did see green shoots at the New Lawn on Tuesday. We still lost, and the table doesn’t lie, but definitely signs to encourage me that whilst it’s not going to be a comfortable journey, we’ll be alright by May.
When Saturday Comes #21
at 14:45 9 Jan 2022

Here we are then, what should have been the first home game of 2022, and I discover seconds before posting this that the game is called off because of a waterlogged pitch. Having gone to the trouble of writing this, even though we’re not playing I’m going to post it anyway – it’s not like you’ve got anything else to do this afternoon.
When Saturday Comes #20
at 16:45 1 Jan 2022

Finally, When Saturday Comes…and the U’s (for now at least) have a match to play. Mind you, I’m writing this on Friday afternoon, so there’s still time yet for yet another Covid/ injury postponement, I guess. I certainly hope not, as I’m planning on heading over to Crawley for this one. Mind you, now that the EFL have decreed there will be no on the day testing to eliminate the possibility of last-minute cancellations, I think I’ll defer buying a train ticket until this evening. Needless to say, a repeat of our last visit to Broadfield (The People’s Pension Stadium under the terms of a sponsorship deal) would do very nicely indeed.
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