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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's 14:14 - May 5 with 680 viewsdurham_exile

JM and SB are preparing their charges for the 46th game of the League Season. Now of course there may be another three games to come, potentially ending in glory at Wembley on 28th May, but let us for now focus on the requirement to defeat the Glovers on Saturday evening. The 5.30pm kick off means that we will not know our fate until about 7.15pm.

Darren Way’s Yeovil Town of course would like to be the party spoilers and with our considerable history of final game dramas (May 2006 takes some beating) JM knows that the U’s must be fully focussed to achieve the three points that will give them a fighting chance of the play-offs.

Sadly, the matter is not in our own hands. Not only do Colchester have to win, but also three of Carlisle, Blackpool, Stevenage and Cambridge must FAIL to win.

The other final day League Two fixtures that count are as follows;

Blackpool v Orient – Blackpool sit firmly in the box seat with 67 points and a plus 21 goal difference. Can Leyton Orient and their depleted supporters (the EFL has agreed to Blackpool’s request to limit the away ticket allocation to 1000 die hard Orient supporters) manage an almost impossible result and win or draw at Bloomfield Road. I suppose it comes down to who their supporters believe is the most loathsome, Oyston or Becchetti. Can Orient end their League status in some style and give something back to their long-suffering supporters.

Exeter v Carlisle – This really is the “game of death”. Now, after the EFL have launched an investigation into Huddersfield Town’s 10 changes for last weekend’s game at Birmingham (in the knowledge that they already had secured a play-off berth) will the Grecians risk saving their “stars” and play a weakened team against the Cumbrians, for whom Jabo Ibehre is on fire at present or will they attempt to ensure some psychological influence over their opponents and send them back to Carlisle pointless and possibly knocking them out of the play-off running to boot . It will be a fascinating game at St James’ Park. Exeter are of course already assured of a play-off place and cannot be unseated from their 5th place finish.

Stevenage v Accrington – Last season Accrington Stanley lost their opportunity to be promoted automatically on the last day and then lost in the play-offs. They have achieved mid table mediocrity this season, whilst achieving the double over Colchester; the game at the Crown Ground was probably our worst first half performance of any game this season. Will Accrington really want to lose to another rival on the last day or will they try to spoil the Stevenage party or will they be in flip flop mode. Stevenage after their magnificent run of games have well and truly gone off the boil. They cannot afford to slip up on Saturday and will be under some considerable pressure to secure the three points, which will probably confirm their play-off position, providing other results go their way.

Wycombe v Cambridge – The Chairboys were odds on for a play-off position several weeks ago and then embarked upon self-destruction with a shocking run of defeats, which almost put them out of contention. Their goal difference (+4) means that even a victory on Saturday is unlikely to see them into the 7th position, but can Cambridge with their 10 away victories and marginal better GD than Colchester secure a crucial victory. Certainly, a draw is no good for either side and should lead to a classic encounter.

It is clear that the fixture computer has not let anyone down with such key last day fixtures, that will determine the 6th and 7th place finishes in League Two this season.

The table currently stands thus:

Plymouth 45 +25 86 Promoted
Doncaster 45 +31 85 Promoted
Pompey 45 +34 84 Promoted

Luton 45 +25 74 Play-offs
Exeter 45 +20 71 Play-offs

Carlisle 45 0 68
Blackpool 45 +21 67

Stevenage 45 +7 67
Cambridge 45 +9 66
COLCHESTER 45 +8 66
Wycombe 45 +4 66
Mansfield 45 +4 65

Colchester managed to pick up two further injuries prior to last weekend’s game; Brennan Dickenson and Cameron James. Dickenson of course deservedly scooped the top two awards this week as Colchester United’s Official POTY and the Player’s POTY.

Sadly, our unprecedented injury crisis cost the club an automatic promotion berth and that makes the achievement of the remaining players to be battling for 7th place on the final day all the more remarkable.

Kurtis Guthrie, Sammy Szmodics, Craig Slater, Frankie Kent, Denny Johnstone and Luke Prosser remain long term absentees and their returns next season will make it almost seem like a whole new team has been procured.

JM will ponder whether Cameron James will be fit enough to play against Yeovil. If so then Alex Wynter will give way. Should he not make it then I would imagine that an almost unchanged starting line-up will be announced on Saturday. The one other place potentially up for grabs is a second out and out striker, given that not only is the win required but also the need to better Cambridge’s scoreline (assuming they win at Wycombe of course). That would mean Macca Bonne getting the nod after his fine goal against the Orient. JM must decide and choose wisely.

Team

Walker

Eastman Wynter Elokobi

Brindley Lapslie Murray Briggs

Wright Porter Fosu

Subs:

Brill Vincent-Young Kinsella Loft O’Sullivan Bonne Pyke

A decent crowd is expected, probably 6,000+ with only 200 or so from Somerset.

Weather set fair, pitch immaculate, three points to cap a superb home season with potentially 14 wins, what is not to like.

Let us hope that the U’s can secure that final play-off spot on Saturday evening; after all we have had four successive years of struggle with last gasp escapes, it would be great to secure an opportunity to return to league one at the first attempt and to play Luton Town, a team that we have done the double over this season in the semi-finals.

Enjoy the game.

Up the promotion chasing U’s




Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 07:35 - May 6 with 465 viewsbwildered

Did not think Olly Murs was playing until later in the year .
Home win and nothing to show for it ? The league table does not lie come the final outcome.
Lets be honest, should not be in this position due to are incompetence away from home. Still a win is a must and hope others do our dirty work, anything is possible, that's why we all go .
Has with the rest of the season, pressure on our home form which recently against top two has been very good, so no reason why we cannot finish with a win .
Hope springs eternal .
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 11:20 - May 6 with 444 viewsgsy163

Two years ago I placed 5 pf my guernsey pound notes (yes will still have paper £1) on colchester gillingham and Coventry to win in a treble . At 87 mins we were winning the other two drawing thus ensuring survival. However then Coventry and gillingham both scored late winners to make a perfect day.
Can history repeat its self gut feeling of course not , two many drawers not converted to wins
Therefore I will going for blackpool , wycombe and Colchester to win Exeter stevenage games draws , giving us 7th place on goal difference over Carlisle
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:12 - May 6 with 411 viewsdurham_exile

We are 7th as things stand

Come on the U's

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:14 - May 6 with 409 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:12 - May 6 by durham_exile

We are 7th as things stand

Come on the U's


Orient have rolled over (as expected)

No goals at Stevenage or Wycombe.

Exeter drawing with Carlisle

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:28 - May 6 with 399 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:14 - May 6 by durham_exile

Orient have rolled over (as expected)

No goals at Stevenage or Wycombe.

Exeter drawing with Carlisle


Huge second half required.

A second goal will be insurance in case Cambridge score at Wycombe.

Come on the U's we can do it.

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:28 - May 6 with 399 viewsmrhappy

All eyes on Stevenage now

I don't think Wycombe will lose

I rate Colchesters chances as 50/50

MR HAPPY SAYS BE HAPPY - LIFE IS SHORT - MAKE IT COUNT ! GOD BLESS YOU !
Poll: If you had to or could move abroad - where would it be to?

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:44 - May 6 with 389 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:28 - May 6 by durham_exile

Huge second half required.

A second goal will be insurance in case Cambridge score at Wycombe.

Come on the U's we can do it.

Up the U's


So far so good, we must score a second goal for insurance.

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:59 - May 6 with 388 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 18:44 - May 6 by durham_exile

So far so good, we must score a second goal for insurance.

Up the U's


Come on the U's

We can do it

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:00 - May 6 with 386 viewsmrhappy

And Accrington score !

U's are odds on now !!

MR HAPPY SAYS BE HAPPY - LIFE IS SHORT - MAKE IT COUNT ! GOD BLESS YOU !
Poll: If you had to or could move abroad - where would it be to?

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:04 - May 6 with 382 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:00 - May 6 by mrhappy

And Accrington score !

U's are odds on now !!


Exeter have let Carlisle equalise, Exeter must not lose or we are out of the play offs

Come on the U's we can do this

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:06 - May 6 with 380 viewsmrhappy

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:04 - May 6 by durham_exile

Exeter have let Carlisle equalise, Exeter must not lose or we are out of the play offs

Come on the U's we can do this


Oh blimey 2-3 Carlisle

MR HAPPY SAYS BE HAPPY - LIFE IS SHORT - MAKE IT COUNT ! GOD BLESS YOU !
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:09 - May 6 with 375 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:06 - May 6 by mrhappy

Oh blimey 2-3 Carlisle


Exactly Exeter are total shite

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:13 - May 6 with 372 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:09 - May 6 by durham_exile

Exactly Exeter are total shite

Up the U's


We can do no more

Exeter must equalise or. We are out of the top seven

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:22 - May 6 with 368 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:13 - May 6 by durham_exile

We can do no more

Exeter must equalise or. We are out of the top seven

Up the U's


Brilliant from Colchester but Exeter have let us down

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:32 - May 6 with 357 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:22 - May 6 by durham_exile

Brilliant from Colchester but Exeter have let us down

Up the U's


Can we sign Tarique Fosu please!!!!

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:35 - May 6 with 356 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:32 - May 6 by durham_exile

Can we sign Tarique Fosu please!!!!

Up the U's


We should also sign Billy Kee from Accrington

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:37 - May 6 with 352 viewsColukev

Gutted but proud that we were 15 minutes away after all the injuries this year.

Very excited next year with a fully fit squad, automatic promotion is well within our reach

Up the U's
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:39 - May 6 with 349 viewsgerry_us

Can I come out of the cupboard now?

Our day out at Hartlepool is off the schedule Peter.
We gave it a great go but from where we were late last year we should be very satisfied.
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:45 - May 6 with 344 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 19:39 - May 6 by gerry_us

Can I come out of the cupboard now?

Our day out at Hartlepool is off the schedule Peter.
We gave it a great go but from where we were late last year we should be very satisfied.


Gerry - chez vegas beckons though.

I am proud of the team. We have seven long term serious injuries as well.

I would imagine that Luton will go up.

Next season we must push for promotion, preferably automatic.

The players will be hurting tonight.

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 20:23 - May 6 with 323 viewsBFG

All in all a much more entertaining season than we've had in a long while with decent home form & goals, especially given a rubbish start.
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 20:27 - May 6 with 313 viewsbwildered

The only thing that let us down is ourselves.
Hopefully players and management have learnt that winning at home, losing away and winless runs do not guarantee even a play off place .
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 20:28 - May 6 with 311 viewsLeadbelly

Good performance today against a Yeovil side that played it's part. Not quite enough to make the play offs but we can't blame anyone but ourselves. Long run without a win last autumn and poor away form all season are the cause, not Exeter failing to secure a point against Carlisle today.

Poll: Tony Humes - did he deserve to lose his job?

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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 20:54 - May 6 with 274 viewsgerry_us

Wow. Bonne got 4 minutes today. He has to be on his way close season as he is obviously not in the frame as far as the manager is concerned.
What a waste of potential.
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 21:28 - May 6 with 240 viewsBFG

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 20:54 - May 6 by gerry_us

Wow. Bonne got 4 minutes today. He has to be on his way close season as he is obviously not in the frame as far as the manager is concerned.
What a waste of potential.


Let's hope other potential stays. In a strange way the injuries might help retaining the better ones.
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 21:58 - May 6 with 230 viewsdurham_exile

Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's on 21:28 - May 6 by BFG

Let's hope other potential stays. In a strange way the injuries might help retaining the better ones.


The biggest regret today is that Colchester deserved a shot at the play offs.

Sadly it wasn't to be but we will rectify that next year.

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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