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Born and Bred: Colchester United

Started on 14 March 2017 by ScottT / First Post
Latest Reply on 31 August 2017 by De Magere / Last Post
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Our prediction of the League Two table at the end of the 2016/17 season.

1st. Mansfield Town (C)
2nd. Plymouth Argyle (P)
3rd. Colchester United (P)
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4th. Accrington Stanley
5th. Portsmouth (P)
6th. Luton Town
7th. Wycombe Wanderers
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8th. Carlisle United
9th. Stevenage
10th. Cheltenham Town
11th. Newport County
12th. Crewe Alexandra
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13th. Crawley Town
14th. Notts County
15th. Cambridge United
16th. Doncaster Rovers
17th. Blackpool
18th. Hartlepool United
19th. Leyton Orient
20th. Morecambe
21st. Grimsby Town
22nd. Exeter City
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23rd. Barnet (R)
24th. Yeovil Town (R)

February Results

Blackpool - Colchester United


Colchester United – Barnet


Colchester United - Crawley Town


Accrington Stanley - Colchester United


Colchester United - Hartlepool United


Grimsby Town - Colchester United


League Two Table

Pretty decent month man
MJK- Very mixed, in my opinion!

Two Steps Forward and Back

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February was a month of real opportunity for ourselves to push on into the automatic promotion spots and I'm happy to say that's what we managed to achieve this month, as well as asserting ourselves in with the chance of the League Two title at the end of the season – but we continue to take it one step at a time. That's what we did when we travelled to the seaside to take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road to begin the month.

Blackpool, as mentioned time and time again by many, have come into some troubles over the last few years and the football fan inside of me has to feel sorry for the club and what the fans must be feeling, many totally abandoning the club due to the poor ownership of Karl Oyston. I'm surprised the managers that have worked under him have managed to do so without having a few choice words, it's why I consider my relationship with Robbie Cowling so strong, in the ways we lead the club to the best we can.

The game was going to be tough, our record over some of the mid-table sides had been poor and we knew that a repeat of results like the 2-0 loss against Crewe back in November wasn't acceptable. The players approached the game with a determined attitude to bounce back following the loss to Wycombe at the end of January and did. We came out 1-0 victors due to an own goal from the Blackpool defender Clark Robertson, a rather unfortunate deflection off his back sent the goalkeeper the wrong wrong, either way the three points were much needed.

Next followed the visit of struggling Barnet, a side tettering on the edge of the relegation zone as Exeter City picked up a vital three points to close the gap. However, with injury problems in the team as Chris Porter joined Craig Slater on the injury list and a fatigued Fewster started, we were unable to finish our chances and a poor Barnet side 'escaped,' definitely no understatement here, with a point, enabling them to remain just about in 22nd. The sending off of Thomas Lapsile would prove a big miss in our game to Crawley.

As mentioned we would then take on Crawley Town who we beat 1-0 earlier on in the season. Since then, the side had improved and pushed on into the top half of the table and would provide a tough opposition for ourselves. One man would make all the headlines in the game, the Crawley defender Josh Yorwerth who originally put us 1-0 up following a howler of a mistake, however would make amends for this by scoring just eight minutes later to ensure Crawley went home with a point.

Things needed to change following the previous two games to Barnet and Crawley, we should have probably been coming out of the two games with a maximum of six points however only managed two, albeit it meant we still climbed into the top three following a poor start to the month for the sides around us. Our next game was to be an important one in the race to be promoted, taking on Accrington Stanley with the dangerous Billy Kee starting up front, our defence would need to be on top form.

Luckily for us they were. In fact, the whole starting eleven were as we managed to come out with all three points to maintain our spot in the top three. Lapsile would still miss out due to suspension but his replacement, Owen Garvan, who to be fair to him has done little wrong since returning from his long injury suffered pre my arrival, managed to enjoy a successful afternoon in the middle of the park.

Bradley Fewster returned to the goals in the games as he bagged two in the first half as we dominated the first half and continued to until late on in the game when a slack piece of defending allowed a late constellation goal for Jordan Clarke, the only real chance Stanley had all afternoon in an affair that perhaps should have been tighter than it was.

We were then back at home against another struggling side in Hartlepool United. We knew that things needed to change following a three game spell in which we hadn't won due to the defeat against Wycombe Wanderers and the poor performances in the draws to Barnet and Crawley. Unfortunately they didn't – we lost 2-1 as the late substitute of Kazaiah Sterling managed to get a double to overturn the goal from Bradley Fewster, which was his third in two games for the club. A vital win for them, a huge loss for us.

February was then wrapped up with a trip to Blundell Park and Grimsby Town. Enjoying life back in League Two, the Mariners were sat comfortably above the relegation zone you could say, playing under little pressure due to the points difference they had over the sides below them. A win was much needed following the disappointing loss sustained at the hands of Hartlepool and we got what we deserved – that's for sure.

The whole game was dominated by ourselves, the visitors. Straight from kick-off, the 'underused' midfielder Tommie O'Sullivan wanted to prove why he deserves more first team opportunities by scoring a goal just 32 seconds in following a strike from outside the area. Many chances following but James McKeown was equal to them, denying good efforts from Fewster and O'Sullivan again.

The second half would mean more goals as Sean Murray would add to the earlier goal to make it 2-0, but this was quickly followed by Chris Clements who allowed his side back into the game for a brief time, as the game was seen off by the substitute Chris Porter to make it 3-1 and send us home happy and holding onto 2nd place in the League Two season. March would see the following games: Cambridge United (A,) Portsmouth (H,) Mansfield Town (H,) Crewe Alexandra (A) and Luton Town (H.)
Nice update and congrats on Story of the Month
Solid in the league, good last update too! well done on story of the month, I'll have to catch up
MJK- Thanks very much mate, so pleased!

Aaron- Cheers! I'm really enjoying writing and playing this at the moment.

Luke Prosser: "We Can Go Up"

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Colchester club captain Luke Prosser has said his side has what it takes "go up," this season. The U's sit in second, just behind league leader's Mansfield but more importantly two points inside the automatic promotion places ahead of Accrington Stanley. A huge month approaches for Colchester as they face fellow promotion candidates Mansfield, Portsmouth and Luton in March, but Prosser insists that they are in the driving seat.

In a sit-down interview, the defender said, "This season has had a lot of twists and turns already, we know what it takes to achieve promotion and know that we have to ensure that the wins keep coming. February was a difficult month for us, we dropped some points against the sides we should be beating so we need to make sure that complecency doesn't over take us again in the future as we still have 'winnable' games approaching."

"Personally, we can go up. The lads I've played alongside our totally professional and knows the job we have at hand to continue our push for promotion – League One was the aim, for an immediate return so it would be fantastic if we can achieve it. We are giving it a real go, even the title isn't out of our reach currently, but we know to keep it steady and go one step at a time as the aim is just to keep playing our natural game and hope results follow."


He then concluded, "We've sustained a few injuries and knocks over the season that has perhaps cost us a few points here and there, but I think it happens to every team, especially in this division. It's a tough league to get out of if you're not careful – the likes of Portsmouth and Plymouth are examples so we want to avoid the same happening to ourselves. All credit goes down to the gaffer, he's done a fantastic job in assembling the squad this season and giving myself faith that we can achieve promotion at the end of the season."

Prosser was at a charity game to raise money for different charitable causes and spoke about the event. "It's a community project to raise money for those less fortunate within the country who perhaps have a disability or illness – to raise money to allow them to do different things is brilliant, we really are a charitable nation and I'm glad myself and the other people here today could make a difference by just kicking a football around for 90 minutes."

He was joined by fellow Colchester teammates Sean Murray and Owen Garvan as well as an array of celebrities such as comedian Michael McIntyre, former X Factor star Olly Murs and cook Jamie Oliver, who raised an incredible amount of £1,300 to the causes.
I hope you get promoted :)
So how is Crystal doing man??
Toddzy- Me too mate :P

MJK- You'll see. ;)

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Stood in front of me, something I never imagined I would ever see...

It's amazing to see how far we are going – myself and Paddy. I would have never thought that I would be in such a position little over six months ago, a soon to be mother with an amazing partner beside me who was achieving his life goals too. Speaking of the little one, we're hanging in there! You feel the kicks within your stomach, a constant reminder that they're there and you just can't wait to see them and also end the pain you are in.

I went for my scans a few weeks ago and was offered the chance to discover the gender of the child, male or female (I know, this child may be non-binary how dare the doctor not know.. I'm joking obviously.) We had a few conversations over the last couple weeks talking about whether we wanted to know in which we decided that we did. The doctor smiled at me, carried out a few checks to ensure he was correct and said, "It's a girl, congratulations." I looked at Paddy, he looked at me and we hugged as I cried my delight, "My soon to be daughter..." I whispered.

Ever since we found out I have been doing endless online shopping, very much my speciality as you can imagine, to find the essentials. I have been told numerous times that I shouldn't be preparing so early, but can you blame me? The excitement is something else and you can only imagine it when you've been there and done it. Obviously there's the craddle, the pram, the bottles... the list goes on but I have it covered already.

I was scouring the net for a few clothes, it was mid-afternoon and it was raining as usual, the soft patter of the rain hitting the windows echoed throughout the house. A little tap at the door was heard in which I got up, taking the laptop off my knee and placing it down where I was sat, adjusting my clothes that had creased over where it were and answered it. A small person stood there, a hood over their face covering themselves from the chill and rain. "Crystal?" It said, pulling back the hood and I screamed, stood in front of me, something I never imagined I would see...
Its the Ex I bet. Dude broke out of jail
MJK- Perhaps...

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