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Preview: Colchester United (H)

8 December 2020

A busy December fixture schedule for the Iron continues with a rearranged home Sky Bet League Two encounter against Colchester United on Tuesday night (7pm kick-off).

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7 December 2020


The match was originally set to be played in October but ended up postponed due to the COVID-19 situation at the club at that time.

We come into it on the back of two wins in a week, firstly the 5-2 away success at Harrogate Town last Tuesday and then Saturday's 2-0 home victory over Leyton Orient.

The latter of those was a first win at the Sands Venue Stadium since late September, and Neil Cox will be hoping his side can make it two in the space of three days when Steve Ball's side come to town.


The U's, who were play-off semi-finalists last season under the management of John McGreal and were denied a trip to Wembley by Exeter City, currently sit ninth in the table, and just one point away from the play-offs.

Saturday's 2-1 win over Grimsby Town was their first in four, with Tommy Smith and Callum Harriott getting the goals.

Their last away game was a 6-1 drubbing at Exeter City on November 24th.

Jevani Brown is their top scorer with eight goals to his name, and he is followed by Harriott on five.

Their appearances charts are topped by goalkeeper Dean Gerken, plus defenders Cohen Bramall and Tom Eastman, on 15 starts apiece.


The Iron continue to be without defender Junior Brown for four-to-five weeks as he recovers from a torn thigh muscle. Mason O'Malley has deputised in his place and provided an assist for the opening goal at the weekend.

Kevin van Veen will miss out on the squad once more as the medical team take added precaution as he steps up his return from a hamstring problem.

Elsewhere, Harry Jessop will miss two months of action with a shoulder injury and Frank Vincent remains at parent club Bournemouth as he recovers from his long-term lay-off.

The Iron and Colchester played out a 2-2 draw at the Sands Venue Stadium in December last year, which saw Abo Eisa and Kevin van Veen on the scoresheet before United were pegged back by two second-half U’s strikes.

2019-20 - Sat Dec 14 LG 2 Iron 2-2 Colchester Eisa, van Veen
2015-16 - Sat Jan 23 LG 1 Iron 3-0 Colchester Hopper, Madden 2
2015-16 - Sat Aug 29 LG 1 Colchester 2-2 Iron Van Veen, Madden
2014-15 - Sat Apr 18 LG 1 Colchester 2-2 Iron Robinson, Adelakun
2014-15 - Sat Oct 14 LG 1 Iron 1-1 Colchester Fallon
2012-13 - Sat Jan 12 LG 1 Colchester 1-2 Iron Ryan, Hawley
2012-13 - Sat Sep 22 LG 1 Iron 1-0 Colchester Clarke
2011-12 - Sat Jan 14 LG 1 Colchester 1-1 Iron Walker
2011-12 - Sat Sep 3 LG 1 Iron 1-1 Colchester Grant
2008-09 - Sat Mar 28 LG 1 Iron 3-0 Colchester Hooper 2, Lansbury
2008-09 - Sat Dec 20 LG 1 Colchester 0-0 Iron  
2007-08 - Sun May 4 CHAMP Iron 3-3 Colchester Forte, Hayes 2
2007-08 - Sat Sep 29 CHAMP Colchester 0-1 Iron Hayes
2005-06 - Sat Mar 25 LG 1 Iron 0-0 Colchester  
2005-06 - Tue Feb 7 LG 1 Colchester 1-0 Iron  
1999-00 - Sat Mar 4 DIV 2 Iron 0-0 Colchester  
1999-00 - Sat Sep 11 DIV 2 Colchester 0-1 Iron Hodges
1997-98 - Sat Mar 7 DIV 3 Iron 1-0 Colchester McAuley
1997-98 - Fri Oct 31 DIV 3 Colchester 3-3 Iron Hope, D'Auria 2
1996-97 - Sat Feb 22 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Colchester D'Auria, Jones
1996-97 - Tue Nov 19 DIV 3 Colchester 1-1 Iron Clarkson
1995-96 - Sat Dec 16 DIV 3 Colchester 2-1 Iron Young
1995-96 - Sat Sep 30 DIV 3 Iron 1-0 Colchester Eyre
1994-95 - Sat Feb 4 DIV 3 Iron 3-4 Colchester Eyre 2, Bullimore
1994-95 - Sat Nov 26 DIV 3 Colchester 4-2 Iron Knill, Thornber
1993-94 - Sat Jan 22 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Colchester Carmichael
1993-94 - Sat Oct 9 DIV 3 Colchester 2-1 Iron Carmichael
1992-93 - Sat May 1 DIV 3 Colchester 1-0 Iron  
1992-93 - Sat Oct 24 DIV 3 Iron 3-1 Colchester Daws, Martin, Helliwell
1989-90 - Sat Mar 31 DIV 4 Colchester 1-0 Iron  
1989-90 - Sat Oct 21 DIV 4 Iron 4-0 Colchester Stevenson, Daws, Hamilton, Taylor
1988-89 - Sat Feb 18 DIV 4 Iron 2-3 Colchester Lister, Nicol
1988-89 - Sat Oct 8 DIV 4 Colchester 1-2 Iron Flounders, Richardson
1987-88 - Fri Jan 1 DIV 4 Colchester 0-3 Iron Daws 2, Lister
1987-88 - Sat Aug 29 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Colchester Johnson, Flounders
1986-87 - Sat Jan 3 DIV 4 Colchester 1-0 Iron  
1986-87 - Fri 21 Nov DIV 4 Iron 5-2 Colchester Lister, Broddle, Johnson 2, McLean
1985-86 - Tue Apr 15 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Colchester Dixon
1985-86 - Fri Oct 18 DIV 4 Colchester 1-1 Iron Broddle
1984-85 - Tue Apr 2 DIV 4 Colchester 1-1 Iron Broddle
1984-85 - Fri Aug 31 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Colchester Cammack, Cowling
1982-83 - Fri Apr 15 DIV 4 Colchester 5-1 Iron Cammack
1982-83 - Sat Oct 2 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Colchester O'Berg, Angus
1981-82 - Fri Apr 2 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Colchester Moss, Telfer
1981-82 - Fri Nov 13 DIV 4 Colchester 2-1 Iron Stewart
1976-77 - Sat Apr 2 DIV 4 Colchester 1-1 Iron Lumby
1976-77 - Sat Oct 23 DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Colchester Keeley, Pilling
1973-74 - Sat Mar 16 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Colchester Keeley
1973-74 - Fri Oct 19 DIV 4 Colchester 2-0 Iron  
1971-72 - Fri Jan 21 DIV 4 Colchester 1-1 Iron Fletcher
1971-72 - Tue Sep 28 DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Colchester Fletcher, Davidson
1970-71 - Mon Mar 22 DIV 4 Colchester 2-0 Iron  
1970-71 - Tue Mar 16 DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Colchester Woolmer, O'Riley
1969-70 - Tue Jan 27 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Colchester Cassidy
1969-70 - Mon Sep 29 DIV 4 Colchester 0-2 Iron Deere, Heath
1968-69 - Tue Oct 8 DIV 4 Iron 2-3 Colchester Kerr, Heath
1968-69 - Mon Aug 26 DIV 4 Colchester 0-4 Iron Kerr 2, Heath, Deere
1967-68 - Sat Mar 9 DIV 3 Iron 5-1 Colchester Colquhoun 2, Punton, Heath, Deere
1967-68 - Mon Feb 26 DIV 3 Colchester 1-0 Iron  
1966-67 - Sat Feb 11 DIV 3 Colchester 0-1 Iron Sloan
1966-67 - Fri Sep 30 DIV 3 Iron 3-1 Colchester Loughton og, Thomas, Smith
1964-65 - Sat Apr 3 DIV 3 Colchester 2-1 Iron Lindsey
1964-65 - Fri Nov 20 DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Colchester  
LEAGUE 25 22 16
TOTAL 25 22 16


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Match Reports

Report: Iron 0-1 Colchester United

8 December 2020

Despite being on top for much of the game, the Iron lost 1-0 at home against Colchester United on Tuesday night in Sky Bet League Two.

United entered the game making three changes, with Aaron Jarvis, Devarn Green and Jake Taylor all coming into the starting eleven, while Ryan Loft, Abo Eisa and John McAtee made way.

In the rainy conditions, Scunthorpe were quick off the mark. Lewis Spence and Green were pushing the ball into the visitors’ danger area within the first few minutes, but saw their efforts blocked.

Eight minutes in and the team nearly saw an opening goal with the help of Alex Gilliead. As he strode down the right side, he crossed the ball into the six-yard box, which met Green, but last ditch defending kept the ball from going in.

With a quarter of an hour played, Jarvis took a free-kick after he was fouled trying to take the ball beyond his defender. He bent the effort around the Colchester wall, but it went wide of the post.

Another promising moment from United followed moments after when Jarvis forced Tommy Smith to clear for a throw as he took a chance to try and keep the ball in play. It led to Gilliead getting the ball into the box and almost finding the run of Alfie Beestin.

It was on 27 minutes when Colchester broke the deadlock as Smith powered in a header following a left-winged cross.

Beestin had a chance three minutes after when a cross from Mason O’Malley went into the box and looped into the air. Beestin connected with a follow-up volley, but his effort went over.

Miles Welch-Hayes was the first player of the game to receive a yellow card, as he again hauled down Green on the left-side, which resulted in a free-kick.

Soon after nearing 40 minutes, Beestin connected to a low cross and rolled it forward towards Harrison McGahey. His effort was on target but was unfortunately saved.

The visitors had another chance at goal nearing stoppage time on 44 minutes when Brown curled a left-footed effort wide of the target area after Jacob Bedeau had headed a right-winged cross clear of the six-yard box.

Beestin then had another chance before the half-time whistle blew. The ball ran up to him inside the area and he opened up, but Dean Gerken drew a fine save.

11 minutes into the second half and Ryan Loft was denied a chance at goal by Gerken as he peeled away to latch onto a right-winged cross.

Seconds later, the Iron were denied by the post. Spence rolled the ball to Green on the edge of the area, who took one touch before he curled an effort across the goal. Gerken was beaten, but the ball bounced back into play off the post.

56 minutes on the clock, and Loft’s header cannoned off the underside of the bar and looked to have crossed the line, but the assistant kept his flag down. A long-range effort by Jordan Clarke was then fumbled, and Loft’s rebound was turned behind.

Not long after, brilliant play was seen from Bedeau as he came across to read a forward pass and slid in at a crucial moment to clear as the visitors looked in on goal.

Just before stoppage time was announced, Abo Eisa drove past three players trying to create a chance at goal before being blocked off, but it wasn’t a foul according to the referee.

The Iron couldn’t find that leveller, as Emmanuel Onariase looked to scramble home late on following an O’Malley set-play sent in from the right.

Scunthorpe return to action with a trip to face Southend United on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

IRON: Howard, Clarke (Rowe 77), O’Malley, Onariase, McGahey (Bedeau 42), Beestin, Gilliead, Spence, Green (Eisa 74), Jarvis, Taylor (Loft 45).

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Watson, Hallam, McAtee.

COLCHESTER: Gerken, Welch-Hayes, Bramall, Eastman, Smith, Gambin, Harriott (Sowunmi, 53), Chilvers, Brown (Folivi 58), Senior (Poku 71), Norris (Clampin 71).

COLCHESTER UNUSED SUBS: George, Tchamadeu, Marshall, Miranda.  

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