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Match pack: Colchester United (A)

8 February 2019

Boosted by consecutive wins over Macclesfield and Yeovil, Cheltenham travel to Colchester United’s JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday looking to replicate their recent home form when on the road (kick-off: 3pm).

A tough test awaits Michael Duff’s side in Essex against a Colchester team with promotion aspirations, for what is the first of back-to-back away trips with a fixture at Grimsby to look forward too next week as well.

It’ll be the third time the two teams have faced each other this season. Back in August in the Carabao Cup a penalty shootout win after a 2-2 draw at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium saw Cheltenham come out on top, while in the league game a few weeks later Colchester clinched three points with a 3-1 win.

Tickets are available to buy on the day at Colchester if you haven’t purchased in advance. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Team news

Alex Addai, Tyrone Barnett and Will Boyle will all miss the trip through injury. Sean Long is back training and working towards gaining match fitness.

Tyrone Barnett is progressing on the return from a hamstring injury, Manny Duku is fit to be involved, although Nigel Atangana’s long-term Achilles injury rules him out.

Watch what Michael Duff had to say about Saturday’s game:


Following back-to-back defeats, Colchester responded emphatically with a 4-0 win over Northampton last week. John McGreal’s side are a point off the play-off places and are in the pack chasing either an automatic or play-off promotion place.

They have recorded some impressive score lines this season having registered 1-0 wins over Lincoln City, Forest Green and MK Dons.

Their top goal scorer heading into the weekend is Sammie Szmodics with 11 goals. The attacking midfielder is joined among the goals by Luke Norris too, while they’ve recently signed Abo Eisa on loan from Shrewsbury. He was among the goal scorers in their win over Northampton and is the brother of Mo, whose goals for the Robins last season earned him a transfer to Bristol City.

The strength of Frank Nouble in forward areas will be another threat for the Robins to counter, while midfield man Harry Pell offers a challenge many in the Robins camp will be familiar with, as well as former Sunderland youngster Mikael Mandron who could feature in their front line too.

Colchester have taken 27 points from 15 home league matches this term, though they haven’t recorded three points on home turf since a 1-0 victory over Macclesfield back at the start of December.

Last time at Colchester

Last season’s trip to the JobServe Community Stadium came at the start of January 2018 as the Robins produced a remarkable second half turnaround to bag an eye-catching 4-1 away win.

Former Stevenage forward Kurtis Guthrie’s opener for Colchester five minutes before half time had set Colchester on their way against a Robins team who had failed to register a win over Christmas and who had lost 4-1 at Stevenage on New Year’s Day.

However a moment of madness from Kyel Reid just before half time saw the Essex outfit reduced to ten men and then on 57 minutes it was all square when debutant Sammi Odelusi, playing against the club he had left Cheltenham for in the January transfer window, found the net.

What followed was a goal scoring frenzy as Nigel Atangana put the Robins ahead and Jerrell Sellars then extended that lead on 79 minutes. Mo Eisa wrapped up the win with a fourth on 83 minutes.

Watch the highlights from the club’s last game at Colchester:


If you haven’t bought tickets in advance from the club’s ticket office, they can be purchased on matchday at the stadium, or online here where you can print tickets or car parking spaces off before travelling. For Colchester’s ticket prices on a matchday click here.

Fans who have booked to travel to the game on the supporters coach are reminded that it leaves from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 9.30am.


Stay up to date on matchday by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter. Catch the team news, match updates and in game photos online, while you can also keep an eye on goal updates on the club’s official Facebook page at

After the game visit the club website to see full reaction to the full time result. Listen to commentary on iFollow at and on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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Match Reports

Colchester United 3-0 Robins - highlights & report

9 February 2019

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Cheltenham Town failed to recover from a half time deficit and slipped to defeat at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Pegged back by two first half Colchester goals, the Robins followed up back-to-back home victories with a trip to Essex which never really saw them challenge their promotion chasing hosts.

Kane Vincent-Young's fine strike and Frank Nouble gave the U's a two goal advantage at the break, and they would seal three points with an early third in the second half through loanee Abo Eisa - brother of former Robins hit man Mo.

Both sides found opportunities limited in a first 20 minutes that lacked tempo, though Scott Flinders was forced into action midway through the half when he was tested by Courtney Senior.

He was beaten for Colchester's first on the half hour mark when Vincent-Young skipped through the middle of the pitch and unleashed a superb strike that flew in.

Eisa was twice denied by saves as Colchester looked to extend their lead, but the home team did find the net again when Nouble finished off a neat move to power in from a wide angle.

Sammie Szmodics kept Flinders busy with an early chance in the second half. A corner fell to Tom Lapslie who fed the ball into the free Szmodics, who saw his drilled attempt saved.

Cheltenham were picking the ball out of their own net again minutes later though. Senior's fantastic run saw him evade the Robins back line and square for Eisa who swept home to net a Colchester third.

It was job done for the home side in a second half limited in opportunities ahead of next weekend's trip to Cleethorpes with another away fixture at Grimsby.

COLCHESTER: Gilmartin, Jackson, Prosser, Kent, Senior, Pell (Lapslie 12, Mandron (84)), Szmodics, Vincent-Young, Stevenson, Eisa (Dickenson 66), Nouble

Subs not used: Barnes, Norris, Roberts, Eastman

ROBINS: Flinders, Hussey, Tozer, Dawson, Broom (Barnett 58), Forster, Tillson, Clements (Maddox 72), Raglan, Bingham (Waters 70), Varney

Subs not used: Lovett, Thomas, Duku, Pring


ATTENDANCE: 3026 (115 Robins)

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Colchester United

7 February 2019

The ticket office is open on Thursday and Friday for fans wanting to purchase tickets and away travel for Saturday's fixture at Colchester United.

Following back-to-back home fixtures the Robins hit the road on Saturday with a trip to the JobServe Community Stadium.

Kick-off in Essex is at 3pm and tickets can be purchased in advance from the CTFC ticket office. Prices for the games can be found below:

Category Prices
Adults £22
Concessions £16
Under 18s £11.50
Under 14s £5
Under 11s (up to 4 per adult) £0
Additional under 11 £2

Supporters are reminded that ticket prices go up if you are buying at Colchester on the day - with adults having to pay £24.

Away travel on the Travel Club coach making the trip is also available. The coach will be leaving the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 9.30am. 

Prices are £18/£16 for members and £20/£18 for non-members.

The ticket office is open until 3pm on Thursday and between 10am and 3pm on Friday at the stadium.

You can also ring 01242 573558 (options 1) during opening hours to book.

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