Colchester United will welcome Grimsby Town in Tuesday’s Sky Bet League Two clash. The U’s will be hoping to bounce back from their first defeat under the stewardship of Danny and Nicky Cowley, who have so far led Colchester to three draws, one win, and one loss.
The coaching duo is still unbeaten at the JobServe Community Stadium, securing two draws including the enthralling encounter against Forest Green Rovers, which finished 3-3 at the beginning of February.
Danny and Nicky will now be aiming for their first victory in North Essex, but standing in the way of that will be a Grimsby side sitting just above Colchester in the standings purely on goal difference.
The Lancashire-based side has so far managed to amass twenty-nine points in thirty games and is currently sitting in the twenty-first spot.
Grimsby are enduring a rocky season that has seen them win only six matches – the third-lowest number of victories in the entire league with only Forest Green and Sutton United securing fewer wins (4).
The Mariners have not tasted a victory in their last five games, losing thrice and drawing twice, meaning they are yet to win in 2024.
Last time out, they faced Stockport County succumbing to a 3-1 loss. Speaking after the game, Grimsby Head Coach David Artell [pictured below] said that it was a tough afternoon, adding: “When you shoot yourself in the foot twice, three times probably against a good team that is top of the league for a reason then it's going to be a long afternoon.
“In the second half, we showed much more intent with the ball, without the ball, we scored a good goal, we had more impetus, more initiative, more work rate, but the game was done by then because of our own carelessness.
“And I'm not just referring to the first goal, I’m referring to all three goals, so it was a difficult afternoon, but we've got to learn.”
Grimsby have some prolific goal scorers in their ranks that the U’s will have to be aware of on Tuesday evening.
One of them is Danny Rose [pictured below] who’s been impressing at Blundell Park since joining from newly promoted Stevenage at the end of last season. The forward has ten goals and three assists in twenty-seven league outings.
Another threat could come from someone who will be familiar to Colchester supporters. Abo Eisa played fourteen times for the U’s while on loan from Shrewsbury under John McGreal, scoring twice.
During the 2023-24 campaign so far, the forward has featured in twenty-seven league matches for Grimsby Town, scoring nine goals and assisting three times.
Last Time We Met
It was a memorable victory for the U’s at Blundell Park earlier this season, as strikes from Joe Taylor, Zach Mitchell, and Arthur Read secured a 3-2 win on 24th October 2023.
Tickets are on sale from Col U Tickets – click HERE to get yours. Tickets are currently on sale at the ADVANCE rate.
If you can’t make it to the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday evening, you can watch all the action live with a £10 iFollow Video Pass – click HERE to get yours.