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Colchester still have slim play-off chance

By Mark Murphy

League Two holds its final fixtures this weekend — and one of the main talking points is who will achieve that final play-off spot.

Colchester United face an away trip to title winners Lincoln City with the possibility of achieving the final play-off spot (if results go their way) With the Newport County vs Oldham Athletic finishing 2-0 on Tuesday, this puts even more pressure on Colchester who even before had to win.

What happened the last time the sides met in the league? When the two sides met earlier in the season it was United that were 1-0 winners thanks to a Frankie Kent rebound goal in the 28thminute. This win put them one point off the top three, unfortunately the situation is somewhat different now with Colchester potentially not even making the play-offs.

I spoke to Bryn Griffiths a passionate Colchester United fan and occasional Colne Radio football pundit. He expects a tough game against the league leaders, in fact in his mind fans were always in his words “gulping” about having to face Lincoln on the last day. However, he does expect United to be up for it and really go for the victory. Griffiths like most of the Colchester fandom have immense respect for the Cowley brothers and what they’ve achieved at Lincoln City (the Cowley’s used to manage nearby side Braintree Town).

When asking him about some of the players to keep an eye on for Colchester, he firstly highlighted 22-year-old Ethan Ross. He’s been third choice keeper for United, but since Dillion Barnes’ sending off against Yeovil he’s been given the chance and kept a clean sheet against MK Dons last weekend. Griffiths stated that the game could rest in his hands.

Additionally, Frankie Kent was also praised by Griffiths and was highlighted as another player to look out for. With Kent being described by Bryn as “the classiest player at Col U”, his calmness and discipline was also commended, and Griffiths concluded his opinions on Kent by saying of all the players at Colchester he has the “most promise”.

As for a prediction Griffiths said that he couldn’t see United not conceding and went for a 2-1 victory for Colchester.

If you want to follow Bryn Griffiths on Twitter, his handle is ‘@ColUBryn’. In addition, you can listen to previous shows that Bryn has conducted with his co-host Bill here: https://www.mixcloud.com/brynandbill/

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