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19 October 2021 Venue JobServe Community Stadium Attendance

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English Football League - League Two

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Match Previews

Match Preview - Colchester v Rovers

18 October 2021

Rovers travel to Essex on Tuesday evening as they prepare to face Colchester United in the Sky Bet League Two.

Last time out, Rovers rescued a late point away against Bradford City courtesy of goals from Alfie Kilgour and a stoppage-time equaliser from Brett Pitman. Next up for Rovers is Hayden Mullins' Colchester United at the Jobserve Community Stadium.

Manager's Preview

The Rovers boss spoke to local press at the Quarters on Monday afternoon to share his thoughts on the upcoming game against Colchester United.

Form Guide

Colchester's early form has been mixed, with their tally of 13 points from 11 games seeing them occupy 19th spot in the league standings.

Hayden Mullins' side recorded their first home league win on Saturday over Harrogate, thanks to a late winner from substitute Sylvester Jasper.

Tuesday's opponents have beaten both Oldham and Barrow on the road this season.

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Stat Attack

Two assists from Antony Evans on Saturday was the third time this season that a Rovers player has recorded two assists in a single (Pitman v Walsall and Thomas v Carlisle).

Rovers have been on the scoresheet seven times away from home this season, with seven different goal scorers finding the net away from the Mem.

The U's have taken 13 points from 11 games so far this season, with 4 of those points coming at home. Leading the scoring charts for Colchester this season is Freddie Sears. Sears has three goals to his name so far this season with one of those goals being scored at home in a 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town.

Goalkeeper Shamal George has played every minute of Colchester's League Two campaign this season, racking up 990 minutes and keeping two clean sheets in the process.

Rovers last faced Colchester United in 2011, losing 2-1 away from home.


View from the Press Bench 

Jonathan Waldron from the Daily Gazette provides us with an informed look at Tuesday's opponents...

'COLCHESTER United will head into tonight’s game feeling suitably buoyed, following their morale-boosting win over high-flying Harrogate Town last weekend.

'The 1-0 victory, which came courtesy of Sylvester Jasper’s late winner, was the U’s first home triumph of the season in League Two and also saw them chalk up their first home league goal from open play.

'It ended a four-game winless run and Colchester have experienced something of an inconsistent start to the new season, with the high number of summer arrivals and departures at the JobServe Community Stadium contributing to that trend.

'Nevertheless, there have been some good moments so far for Hayden Mullins’ side, not least their away form which has seen them lose just once on their travels in the league all season.

'Colchester will go into tonight’s game looking for the likes of Brendan Wiredu, who provided a superb assist for Jasper’s winner against Harrogate, Shamal George and Cole Skuse in top form and hopeful of chalking up back-to-back wins for the first time, this season."

Ref Watch

Graham Scott is the official in charge of Tuesday's game. Scott has taken charge of five games this season, with his last game being Wolves' win at home over Newcastle United. Over his career, Scott has taken charge of 165 games, averaging 21.70 fouls per game and 3.01 yellow cards per fixture.


Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 9/5 for the win tomorrow evening.

On the goalscorer markets, Brett Pitman is priced at 5/1 to open the scoring in the match and Harry Anderson is 7/2 to score at any time.

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

How to Follow the Match

Tuesday's game is available to watch live on iFollow. A match pass is priced at £10, with the majority of the revenue coming back to the football club.

To buy a match pass, please click HERE.


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Match Reports

Match Report - Colchester 1-1 Rovers

19 October 2021

Rovers are held to a draw against Colchester United at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Rovers took the lead through Brett Pitman's glancing header following a wicked delivery from Antony Evans' corner. Colchester equalised late into the game after a long-range effort from Noah Chilvers beat Belshaw at full stretch.

Rovers moved the ball around nicely in the opening stages of the game, but the first clear-cut chance of the match came for the hosts after a loose pass from Belshaw fell at the feet of Frank Nouble. Putting in his defensive duties was captain for the evening, Glenn Whelan, who was on hand to tidy up in the Rovers defence. 


Rovers continued to move the ball around with pace and precision and almost opened the scoring in the game after a well-worked move saw Sammy Nicholson pick out Evans on the edge of the Colchester box who fired his first time shot wide of George's goal. 

Belshaw was called into action minutes later after another loose ball fell to Sears who bore down on goal with only Belshaw in his way. The Rovers 'keeper did well to deflect the ball away from goal for a corner kick. 

The hosts threatened again soon after. A cut-back cross from the right hand side of the pitch found Jasper who had done well to cut inside the Rovers box. Anderson tracked his man and put in a well-timed tackle inside the area to clear the danger. 

Rovers came close to taking the lead after a fine move ended with a low cross from Evans found Pitman in the penalty area where his glancing effort zipped narrowly past the post. 

Rovers had their best chance of the first half in the 45th minute following a foul on Nicholson just outside of the Colchester area. A well-worked set-piece routine saw Pitman's low shot crash against the inside of the post with a handful of Rovers players claiming the ball had crossed the line before George was able to claim the ball gratefully in his arms. 


Pitman had another sight of goal after the halftime interval. A teasing cross by Thomas found Pitman who directed his effort back to the far post. George in the Colchester goal was equal to the effort and was able to hang onto the ball. 

Pitman made no mistake with his next chance. A cross from the corner kick from Antony Evans found Pitman who had made a brilliant run to the front post. The striker met the ball with a glancing header to help it on it's way into the back of the Colchester net for his third goal in a Rovers shirt. 


The Gas then had a flurry of chances. Kilgour came close to doubling the lead only minutes after Pitman had opened the scoring. Collins' low cross fell to the defender who had made his way forward but was unable to keep his first-time shot on target. Colchester were close to levelling the game after Chambers' headed attempt flew narrowly wide of Belshaw's goal. The travelling Gasheads thought Collins had doubled the lead after being played through on goal. However, he was unable to keep his powerful effort on target as it climbed just over the crossbar. 


Cian Harries was shown a second yellow card late on in the game for adjudged time wasting by referee, Graham Scott whilst trying to take a throw-in. Colchester levelled the game moments later. A long-range strike from Noah Chilvers flew through a crowded penalty area leaving Belshaw with no chance in the Rovers goal. 

Rovers were then reduced to nine men in added time after an off-the-ball incident between Trevor Clarke and Junior Tchamadeu resulted in both players receiving straight red cards. 

Colchester pushed for a late winner but were unable to break Rovers down who held firm in the final moments of the game to take a point back to the Mem. 

Rovers return to the Mem on Saturday, 23rd October when they take on Newport County (3 PM KO). 

Colchester United: Shamal George, Luke Chambers, Brendan Wiredu, Luke Hannant (89'), Cole Skuse (46'), Frank Nouble, Freddie Sears, Sylvester Jasper (62'), Tom Eastman, Junior Tchamadeu, Charlie Daniels.

Subs: Jake Turner, Tommy Smith, Noah Chilvers (46'), Armando Dobra (62'), Gene Kennedy, Cameron Coxe, Samson Tovide (89').

Rovers: James Belshaw, Alfie Kilgour, Luke Thomas (77'), Aaron Collins (85'), Sam Nicholson (81'), Connor Taylor, Harry Anderson, Antony Evans, Cian Harries, Glenn Whelan (C), Brett Pitman.

Subs: Jed Ward, Paul Coutts (77'), Zain Westbrooke, Nick Anderton, Trevor Clarke (81'), Luca Hoole (85'), Sion Spence.

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Ticket News

Ticket Info - Colchester United

5 October 2021

Ticket information for our away fixture at Colchester United.

Rovers head the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday, 19th October.

Tickets for this fixture will be sold via Colchester's ticket platforms, with the away allocation of tickets situated in the North Stand.

Tickets are available online and can be purchased right up until kick-off. To buy tickets online please click HERE.

Colchester United have provided a guide to purchasing match tickets that can be found HERE.

There will be no phone sales or in-person sales, with the exception for ambulant disabled/wheelchair and carer (those that have DLA/PIP) whose tickets must be purchased over the phone (01206 755161 - Monday to Friday 10-3)

Ticket prices for the game are as follows;



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Please note that the JobServe Community Stadium is cashless.

This game will be available to watch to fans based in the UK and Ireland on iFollow.

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