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Notts County 0 v 0 Colchester United

Saturday, 4th August 2018 Kick-off 15:00
U's Vs Luton - Durham's Preview
Thursday, 29th Mar 2018 14:47 by Durham Exile

The Super U’s entertain Luton Town on Good Friday in front of an anticipated bumper crowd (6,000+) including 1800 Hatters supporters.

Luton currently sit top of the league, but Accrington Stanley (with Billy Kee) have two games in hand. Nevertheless, they have Danny Hylton (who has recently become accustomed to kissing babies and including them in his goal celebrations) who has amassed 18 goals this season. There is also a smattering of ex Col U talent including Mick Harford as Development officer. Nathan Jones and Joaquin Gomez respectively manage and coach the Bedfordshire outfit.

Anyway, enough of the Hatters. Friday is all about Colchester United. The weekend’s much needed victory against Stevenage Borough has rekindled our Play Off hopes and we only now need the seven victories to definitely secure seventh spot in the league.

The good news is that we have to play 6 of the top sides in the league, so there is no need for complacency in these “Cup Finals”. Equally there is no additional need for motivation, the size of the prize is there for everyone to see.

Luton H
Forest Green A
Accrington H
Notts Co H
Lincoln A
Swindon H
Exeter A

Now earlier in the season we were well beaten at Kenilworth Road and so apart from revenge on Friday it would be morale boosting to secure three more vital points. After all we have nothing to lose in our quest for that seventh place. And it would be good to make the Hatters mad.

It is all about momentum at this stage and there is always one club that finishes strongly enough to upset the others. Last season that team was Blackpool, who crept into the play offs and overcame Luton on their way to Play Off success.

JM of course will have been much heartened by that important victory at the Lamex and Mikael Mandron’s very well taken goal, although it was his brilliant run into the box that created the opportunity. Spatial awareness has been his strength, but now that he has reached double figures, it would be nice for him to finish with at least 15 goals this season.

I do not intend to comment further on the Kurtis Guthrie situation, that is now a dead duck and the train has well and truly left the station to mix metaphors.

JM must however decide that he is going to finally play a settled team and he appears to have reverted to a 4,4,2 formation. If that is the case, then the following starting XI is recommended:


Jackson Eastman Prosser Vincent-Young

Wright Lapslie Stevenson Dickenson

Szmodics Mandron


Barnes Kent Senior Murray Comley Mandeville Ogedi-Uzokwe

Friday’s weather in Colchester is scheduled to be 8 degrees Celsius with some light rain. The pitch should be in decent condition and the majority of the crowd will be keen to see a home victory.

The faithful must roar them on to a famous win and then dare to dream.

League table:

Luton 39 74
Accrington 37 74
Wycombe 39 70
Notts Co 39 66
Exeter 38 66
Coventry 38 64
Mansfield 38 63
Lincoln 38 61
Swindon 38 60
Carlisle 39 57

Can the Super U’s keep the promotion dream alive?

All I can say is - get your popcorn ready, cause its gonna be a show!

Enjoy the game

Up the U’s

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