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12 January 2019 Venue Vale Park Attendance

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Vale Trip For The U's

Three points the aim in weekend encounter

11 January 2019

Colchester United will look to move back into the play-off spots on Saturday afternoon, when they take on Port Vale in their latest away game.

The U's battled back for a point in their last game against Notts County, but will be aiming for all three points when they make their latest trip to Vale Park.

John McGreal's side drew both of their matches against Vale last season and picked up all three points on the opening day of the 2018/19 campaign when they defeated Saturday's opponents by a 2-0 scoreline.

Courtney Senior has scored in both of the last two matches against Vale, and is hoping to add to that tally at the weekend.

"Hopefully I can try and get another goal on Saturday," he told the local media at this week's press conference.

“I try to make a difference out there, whether it’s by scoring or helping someone else score.

“It means a lot to get the assists and I need to carry on getting my numbers, my assists and goals.

“Getting three points and a win against Port Vale would kick-start us again and we can hopefully carry on pushing on from there.” 

Frankie Kent is back from his suspension against County last week, as the U's look for a first win of 2019.

Tickets for the game will be available from the away sales kiosk by the away stand, open from 1.00pm and this is cash only.

Vale have a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities, which is mixed between home and away fans, at the opposite end of the stadium to the away supporters.

This stand is suitable for ambulant disabled who require accessible facilities and all wheelchair users. 

Tickets for this stand must be booked direct with Vale in advance by calling their Ticket Office on 01782 655821.

Car parking is available at £10 per car for the above stand, whilst general parking is available, pay on the day, at £5 per car and £16 per minibus.

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Match Reports

U's Win At Port Vale

Pell and Senior with the goals in 3-0 victory

12 January 2019

Colchester United have beaten Port Vale in the Potteries

Courtney Senior opened the scoring after five minutes, and Harry Pell doubled the lead eleven minutes later.

Pell then scored his second, and the U's third, halfway through the second period and the U's returned to fourth place in the table.

From the very first whistle, both sides were keen to attack, and the hosts were denied after less than ninety seconds.

Tom Pope looked favourite to get a shot away, but Tom Eastman intervened with a great last ditch tackle.

Less than a minute later, Mikael Mandron hit the bar from a Frank Nouble cross, followed quickly by Sammie Szmodics’ shot flying wide.

The scoring was opened on five minutes, with Courtney scoring his third goal in three games against Vale.

He received the ball on the edge of the box, twisted and turned under pressure before hitting a right foot effort that was deflected past Scott Brown to make it 1-0.

Pope and Mandron both headed just off target from corners, before the U’s doubled the lead on sixteen minutes.

A left wing corner was touched onto the far post, where Pell was waiting to volley calmly low past Brown.

It was no more than the U’s deserved for their attacking intent during the early stages, and added to the three goals they scored in their previous game.

A quiet spell followed, but the hosts finished the half the stronger and went closest just before half time.

Ben Whitfield nipped in at the near post but his flick rebounded off the post to Luke Joyce, who was denied by a fantastic stop from Rene Gilmartin.

That momentum continued after the break, with Neil Aspin’s side looking for a way back into the game.

Kay should have scored with a header from Pope’s cross, but his powerful header went over the crossbar.

That came in the fifty first minute, and the home side continued to put the pressure on the U’s defence in the following minutes.

The belief that they could get back into the game was smashed halfway through the second period, when Pell scored his second, and the U’s third.

Frank Nouble created the opening before passing to Pell, who hit a shot from thirty yards that took a slight deflection on its way into the top corner.

As the U’s comfortably kept the hosts at bay following that goal, Brandon Comley, Luke Norris and Ryan Gondoh were introduced by John McGreal.

Pell went for an ambitious shot from even further out a he chased a hat-trick, and Mandron almost scored a fourth late on.

The icing on the cake was a clean sheet, and that was secured in injury time when Dickenson made a fantastic block when it looked like the hosts should have scored.

It was the first win of 2019, and results elsewhere saw the U’s return to fourth place and they trail third placed MK Dons by a solitary point.

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