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Match Preview | Sutton United (H)

U's preparing for visit of recently promoted Sutton United

26 October 2021

Colchester United will be hoping they can pick up from where they left off on Tuesday evening, in the last home game when Hayden Mullins' side picked up a point.

The U's have scored a goal in the eighty-eighth minute of each of their last two home games, one to steal a win againt promotion-chasing Harrogate Town, and one to take a point against Joey Barton's Bristol Rovers last week. 

Sandwiching those games and this one was a 3-0 defeat on the road for the U's on Saturday afternoon, when Port Vale showed their class against Colchester United to take three points at Vale Park. 

The U's found it tough against a strong side, but still created chances against the top-three side, and would have counted themselves unlucky not to get back into the game. 

This evening though, it will be a different test for United - Hayden Mullins will be without both Junior Tchamadeu and Brendan Wiredu, who are missing through suspension, giving opportunities for others to come into the side and take their opportunities. 

The Opposition
Managed by Matt Gray, Sutton United have made a good start to life in the Football League. Being crowned National League Champions last season was no easy task, especially with the other sides competing against them in the non-league. 

But Gray was able to manage his side to success, and they have continued their good form into the 2021/22 season, currently sitting tenth in Sky Bet League Two. 

Their form has just slightly dipped in the last two games, with two defeats against Rochdale and Swindon Town, but prior to that they had recorded five straight wins in all competitoins, propelling them up into the top seven at one stage. 

Leading the way in the scoring charts for the South London side is Donovan Wilson. The twenty-four-year-old hit seven goals in sixteen appearances on loan at Sutton last season, and has brought that momentum with him after signing a permanent deal at the VBS Community Stadium. 

Four goals from his opening fourteen games sees Wilson at the top of the charts, closely followed by Alistair Smith on three, with David Ajiboye, Richie Bennett, Isaac Olaofe and Coby Rowe on two. 

The goals have been spead around at Sutton with twelve different scorers this season, and they will be looking to add to their current tally of twenty seven in all competitions. 

Last Time We Met
Tuesday's meeting will be the first between Colchester United and Sutton United since the First Round of the FA Cup in 1993, when the U's were beaten 4-3 by their non-league opponents.

Roy McDonough's U's found themselves 2-1 down at half time with Steve McGavin on target for the home side, but a late flurry of goals sealed the tie in the favour of the visitors. 

The scores were 2-2 until the eighty-fourth minute, when Newman scored for Sutton, with Colchester United equaising two minutes later with English's effort. 

But the visitors scored the decisive goal with two minutes left to play when Morah found the net, to knock the U's out of the FA Cup. 

Streaming
If you can't get to the game, watch the U's in action on Tuesday evening with a £10 streaming pass from iFollow. Click HERE to get yours. 

Match Tickets
Match Tickets are on sale for the U's next home fixture, currently available at the MATCHDAY rate from Col U Tickets. Click HERE to purchase your Match Tickets for this evening's match. 

Parking Tickets are also available to purchase from Col U Tickets, click HERE to see how to purchase them. 

For more information on the game and what to expect when you arrive at the JobServe Community Stadium, please click HERE. 


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