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Colchester United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 23rd September 2017, k.o. 3pm
Weston Homes Community Stadium
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Colchester vs Wycombe is a fixture that has attracted interest from the wider footballing world ever since the two clubs’ peculiar rivalry was sparked in the 80s – and it’s back again with both clubs looking to return to winning ways following defeats last weekend.
In truth, the intensity of the rivalry has lessened in recent years, although Gareth Ainsworth – celebrating five years in charge of the Chairboys this weekend – says he’ll be sure to let his players know how much this particular fixture means to their fanbase.
There’s a whiff of vengeance in the air too, with Wanderers losing both fixtures to the U’s last season, and suffering that agonising late defeat to Luton last weekend. The Blues are unbeaten on the road this season, having impressed at Newport and Mansfield in their last two away games, adding to earlier victories at Port Vale and Grimsby. Their last defeat away from home, coincidentally, came at Colchester in February.
The U’s haven’t lost at home since early March but have yet to find consistency, losing 3-1 at Cheltenham last weekend, meaning they’ll be particularly eager to bounce back against their old foes tomorrow.
Colchester are without Mikael Mandron after the striker was red-carded last weekend, so Brandon Hanlan or Drey Wright are likely to take his place.
Gareth Ainsworth lost Dominic Gape and Adebayo Akinfenwa to injury last weekend and hopes to have the pair available again, while Scott Kashket remains sidelined.
A draw has been the most common result in the 24 meetings in the EFL era, with half of those encounters ending level.
Colchester have seven wins to their name, with Wycombe tasting victory five times.
Man in the middle
Brett Huxtable was the man in the middle in Wanderers’ 1-1 draw at Mansfield last season – his first campaign as an EFL official.
So far this season he averages three yellow cards a game in eight matches as a referee, showing one red.
Wanderers will be wearing their new Utilita-sponsored orange away kit.
There’s a discount on all tickets purchased in advance, although tickets will be available to buy on arrival at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Wycombe have sold their initial allocation of 344 tickets but fans can still book in advance and benefit from the discount via Colchester's online portal here.
Alternatively tickets can be booked over the phone on 01206 755161 (10am-3pm).
Prices are as follows.
Seniors (65+): £14
Ages 18-21: £15
Under 18s: £11
Under 14s: £4.50
Under 11s: FREE*
On The Day
Seniors (65+): £16
Ages 18-21: £17
Under 18s: £13
Under 14s: £5.00
Under 11s: FREE*
*Under 11s are free on a basis of one adult to four under 11s. Additional under 11s will be charged £1.50 in advance, or £2 on the day.
Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before 1pm on Friday 22nd September, or from 1.30pm at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on the day of the game.
By Adrian Wood
Postcode: CO4 5UP
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
The U's stadium is located on the north side of the town, near to Colchester Business Park, and is easily accessible from the town via the Northern Approach Road. Take the M40 towards London, joining the northbound (clockwise) M25 at Junction 1A. Carry on the M25 to Junction 28. Here take the A12 following signs first for Chelmsford and then for Colchester. Leave the A12 at Junction 28, turning right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way from the third roundabout. You are now at the stadium.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 98 (average journey time 1 hour 40 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
There are 700 car parking spaces at the stadium which cost from £6 to £10 (depending how close to the exit you are parked). You need to pre-book your car parking space in advance via the Colchester United website, as for most games the car park sells out. There is an overspill car park located on the nearby industrial estate (about a 10-15 minute walk away from the stadium) which costs £8. Note that there is an extensive residents’ only parking scheme in operation around the stadium, so you may need to journey to over a mile away, before you can find a legitimate parking space. Allow plenty of time!
Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 11:00. Travel prices are £17 for adults, £16 for seniors, and £15 for juniors. The price for non-members is £22 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) you need to do so by Thursday 21st September 5pm.
Fancy using the train?
There is a regular service from London Liverpool Street, average journey time being around an hour. The station is almost 2 miles from the ground, but visiting fans can take advantage of the club’s shuttle bus service, which costs just £2.50 for a return journey. The shuttle bus starts at 1pm on a Saturday match day and takes less than ten minutes to get to the ground. There are trains from Colchester back to Liverpool Street on a regular basis, for example 17:30, 17:33, 18:03, 18:30 etc.
Facilities for away fans
Away fans are normally housed in the northern part of the JobServe Stand, which is situated on one side of the stadium. As you would expect from a new stadium the facilities and view of the playing action are good. A varied range of food is available on the concourses. Note that there is no facility to pay cash at the turnstiles, so you have to buy your tickets from the Ticket booth if you haven't already bought them in advance.
Spare time before or after match?
With the stadium being on the very outskirts of Colchester, there is little in the choice of nearby pubs. If you are going by train (see above) “The Norfolk Arms” (less than 5 minutes from the station) is recommended for away fans and seems to be the designated pub. At the stadium the Club allows access to the bar and toilets located on the concourse area of the Weston Homes Stand, before each home game. This bar is available to both home and away supporters.
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