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Cumbrians in North Essex for League Two contest

5 August 2022

Colchester United host Carlisle United in the first home game of the season this weekend.

Football returned to Saturday afternoon's last weekend with the U's on the road at Northampton Town. 

And Wayne Brown's side will feel like they have a point to prove against the Cumbrians this weekend, after suffering a late defeat to the Cobblers at Sixfields. 

It was an encouragine performance, with both Freddie Sears and Noah Chilvers both getting on the scoresheet in the five-goal thriller, but Brown, Dunne and Huzzey will be hoping to get their first points on on the board come 5pm on Saturday. 

The Opposition

Carlisle United have been somewhat revitalised with the return of Paul Simpson to Brunton Park. Born and bred in Carlisle, Simpson finished his playing career in the north west, enjoying a successful spell as player/manager between 2003 and 2006.

Since then, he has enjoyed coaching roles with various clubs, as well as on the international stage, managing England U20s to World Cup glory in 2017. 

But he has overseen a successful homecoming with the Cumbrians, returning in February 2022, as his side looked threatened by relegation in the second half of last season. His return brought six wins from seven games, ending any National League fears almost immediatley, and has been building over the summer for the current season. 

Picking up a 1-0 win over Crawley Town on the opening day, Simpson's side will be heading to the JobServe Community Stadium full of confidence. 

Kristian Dennis was on target, netting early on, with five players handed debuts in the tight victory.


6ft 9 goalkeeper, Tomas Holy, was one of those making his debut for the club, after joining on a free transfer from Ipswich Town in the summer. The imposing shot-stopper kept a clean sheet on his first appearance, and will be looking to put in a similar performance this weekend. 

Other inbound transfers include Ryan Edmondson (Leeds United), Owem Moxon (Annan Athletic), Michael Kelly (Bray Wanderers), Jayden Harris (Aldershot Town), Sonny Hilton (Fulham), Ben Barclay (Stockport County), Fin Back (Nottingham Forest) and Jack Stretton (Derby County). 

Last Time We Met

An entertaining draw saw the points shared in the second half of last season. All the goals came in the second half, with Omari Patrick striking the opener. Tommy Smith levelled for the U's before Tyreik Wright scored a second from close range. The spoils were shared four minutes from time when Tobi Sho-Silva nodded in from inside the penalty area. 

Ticket Info
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Tickets are available to purchase from Col U Tickets - click HERE to get yours and support the U's in their first home game. Tickets are currently available at the ADVANCE rate - click HERE to see prices for the season.

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day from the Club Shop, or online from Col U Tickets right up until kick off. 

If you can't make it to the game on Saturday afternoon, you can keep up with it via iFollow. Audio passes are available for £2.50 in the UK, with video passes available for £10 if you are watching from outside the UK. Click HERE to see what options are available for you. 

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