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The Big Match Preview: Colchester vs Wycombe

All you need to know ahead of the trip east.

22 September 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

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.

Team news
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.

Head-to-head
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.

Kit
Wanderers will be wearing their new Utilita-sponsored orange away kit.

Tickets
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.

Advance
Adults: £19
Seniors (65+): £14
Ages 18-21: £15
Under 18s: £11
Under 14s: £4.50
Under 11s: FREE*

On The Day
Adults: £21
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.

Travel
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 (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) 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.

Can’t make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole and Bill Turnbull, or if you’re overseas, you can watch a live stream via the service. There’ll be regular updates as usual across social media.

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Match Reports

Report: Colchester United 1-2 Wycombe

Read the report from the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

23 September 2017

Wycombe continued their fine away form with a 2-1 victory at Colchester United.

Nathan Tyson bagged his first goal for Wycombe since 2005 to give the Chairboys the lead, before Brandon Hanlan pegged them back before the half.

The hard-working Craig Mackail-Smith played a big part in the opening goal and it was his strike that won it, firing home from close range after Dan Scarr's header hit the bar, sealing his status amongst Chairboys heroes for scoring a winning goal against old foes Colchester.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes for this one with Dan Scarr, Ebere Eze and Nathan Tyson replacing Adam El-Abd, and the injured Matt Bloomfield and Dominic Gape in the starting XI.

The first opportunity of the game went to the hosts as Scott Brown had to be called upon on 10 minutes as Sammie Szmodics danced past a tackle, into the area and forced the Wanderers keeper into making a smart stop with his legs.

It was a slow start to the game in terms of chances, but Wycombe were there when the U's asked questions as Marcus Bean blocked a Doug Loft effort from inside the box on 17'.

A few minutes later, a Colchester corner was whipped in by Loft which found Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss at the back post - who headed down back across goal which Brown stopped and held.

The Chairboys responded with both Akinfenwa and Craig Mackail-Smith seeing sights of goal. Bayo chested one down and struck wide, as CMS saw his strike blocked in the box on 25 minutes.

The pair combined for the best opening of the game so far 90 seconds later. Akinfewna shrugged off the challenge of Inniss, laid it off to Mackail-Smith who struck it wide as he went for the far-corner from 8-yards out.

Wycombe were starting to find their rhythm as Eze picked out Mackail-Smith, from just inside the half. It was a race to get to the ball between keeper Sam Walker and the Wanderers forward, with the former just pipping the latter to it to clear for a throw.

Mackail-Smith was doing everything but score, and it was his ferocious shot from 20-yards lead to the first goal of the game. CMS found space and let one fly which Walker could palm into the path of Tyson who nodded in his first goal since his return to the Chairboys on 32 minutes.

Col U looked for a quick response and Brown continued his heroics with a superb stop to tip over a Szmodics drive from the edge. Goalscorer Tyson then showed his defensive prowess with a well-timed tackle to stop the advancing Drey Wright in the area.

The U's would have their leveller on 43 minutes. A lapse in concentration saw Wright set up Hanlan, and with the flag staying down the frontman smacked it in off the crossbar.

Hanlan would go through again just before the half, but Brown came out well to close down the angle and Scarr cleaned up the danger, before referee Brett Huxtable pulled it back for a foul by Stewart after a long advantage which Loft would smash into the wall.

Half-time: Colchester United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Both sides came out unchanged for the restart and it was Wycombe who would come quickest out the blocks. Luke O'Nien did well to get the by-line before playing a low cross to Eze who saw his effort denied as Kane Vincent-Young flew across to block.

The flag was raised as Mackail-Smith turned and smashed one goalwards which Walker saved, before O'Nien put one wide from 25-yards all inside the opening five minutes of the second half.

Wanderers continued to press as Akinfenwa chested down Jacobson free kick from halfway and Mackail-Smith hit wide on the half volley on the edge.

Bean went into the book on the hour-mark as he brought down Hanlan on the edge. Loft would see his resulting set-piece deflected over.

The resulting corner was half-cleared and Frankie Kent crossed to the back post finding the towering Inniss who headed back across goal, beating Brown but not Jacobson who hooked it off the line.

The Chairboys would be all the more thankful for that stop a couple of minutes later as they retook the lead on 67 minutes.

Jacobson whipped in a free kick from the edge of the box on the right which was met by the head of Scarr. It cannoned off the post and Mackail-Smith was there to bury his first goal for the club - and boy what is it deserved for CMS!

At the other end, Brown produced two magnificent stops to keep Wycombe ahead - the first coming from Hanlan on the spin in the box and then a Wright pile-driver on the edge on 72 minutes.

Ainsworth made his first switch on 73' as Sam Saunders came on for Eze as Wycombe looked to see this one out. 

A brilliant counter-attack almost doubled the Chairboys' advantage as Jacobson won the ball with a well-timed tackle down the left before setting off Tyson with a ball down the line. The forward powered his way the wing before crossing to Akinfenwa who saw his first-time shot blocked by the feet of Walker with 15 left to play.

Colchester looked to pile on the pressure as the clock ticked down. Substitute Kyel Reid drilled one wide of the far-post when he should have perhaps done better on 80 minutes.

Mackail-Smith went off to a standing ovation as he was replaced by Nick Freeman as Gareth looked to add some fresh legs into the equation.

It was all U's in the closing exchanges but the Wanderers pressed well and minimalised their threat in front of goal to see this one over the line.

Attendance: 3,562 (537 Wycombe)

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Colchester (A, 23/09)

Benefit from a discount when you buy in advance.

21 September 2017

Tickets for the Chairboys’ Sky Bet League 2 clash at Colchester United on Saturday 23rd September (k.o. 3pm) are now on sale.

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.

Advance
Adults: £19
Seniors (65+): £14
Ages 18-21: £15
Under 18s: £11
Under 14s: £4.50
Under 11s: FREE*

On The Day
Adults: £21
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.

Travel
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 (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) 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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