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Big Match Preview: Colchester vs Stevenage

3 December 2019

Stevenage return to action for the first time in 10 days for a Trophy Second Round tie versus Colchester United at the Jobserve Community Stadium…

  • Tickets…

Tonight’s fixture kicks off at the earlier time of 7:30pm, with tickets available at the following prices:

  • Adults: £8.00
  • Senior/Forces/Disabled: £6.00
  • Under 18: £4.00
  • Under 11: £1.00

Tickets are only available from the ground on the day of the game or online via

Please note, Stevenage supporters should buy their tickets in BLOCK W9.

  • Travel…

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach is NOT running for this fixture. Supporters have the opportunity to purchase a parking permit via 01206 755161 or by visiting

Find more key matchday information from the Colchester United Official Website by clicking here.

  • Onto the game…

For the first time in the competition’s current format, Stevenage have made it through to the knockout stages of the Trophy. However, back in 2013, Graham Westley took the team to the Southern Section semi-finals of the then Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, before falling away at Swindon Town on penalties.

Mark Sampson’s men will aim to better that performance, with a trip to Wembley only four games away.

Stevenage fell to defeat in the opening fixture of the Group Stages with a 3-0 humbling of MK Dons at The Lamex Stadium, before overcoming the challenge of Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park a month later, securing a 1-0 win thanks to Jason Cowley’s early header.

In the final game of the Group Stage, Stevenage faced the challenge of Fulham Under 23s at home. Charlie Carter’s first half goal was cancelled out in the last minute by a Timmy Abraham strike, but Sacha Bastien turned Boro hero, with a match winning penalty save in the resulting shootout.

After a slow month of games due to postponements and cup knockouts, Stevenage know games will start to come thick and fast as we head towards the Christmas period and a run of wins would not go amiss.  

Colchester United finished top of their group, a run including wins at home to Ipswich and away at Gillingham, as well as losing on penalties to Tottenham U23s.

  • Previous meetings... 

Tonight’s trip to Essex is our second this season, having already played Colchester in Sky Bet League Two at the start of October.

Stevenage took the lead early in the first half with thanks to Jason Cowley’s effort from outside the box, before Eastman, Poku and a Nouble penalty wrapped up the win for The U’s.

On paper, December is Boro's best time to play Colchester United away. Our first ever meeting with The U's was on Boxing Day of 2011, a memorable record 6-1 in our first season in League One. 

The fixture was then repeated on the same date last season, as goals from Danny Newton and Ben Nugent earnt Stevenage fans a very much welcomed late Christmas present.

There was also a Boxing Day meeting between the two sides in 2013, but we prefer not to talk about that one. 

  • Officials...

Referee: Neil Hair

Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Aylott

Assistant Referee 2: Paul Kelly

Fourth Official: Stuart Butler

  • Betting...

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  • Online coverage...

Stevenage supporters unable to attend tonight's game at the Jobserve Community Stadium can stream the action live from wherever they are. All midweek fixtures in 2019/20 are available for domestic streaming with an iFollow Video Match Pass

Not only will you be able to watch the game live from your laptop, computer, phone or tablet, but streamers will also receive BBC 3CR's commentary for the full immersive experience. 

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80% of the net revenue gained goes straight into the Club, so click here to order your Video Match Pass now.

Make sure you are following our Twitter account throughout the day as we bring you the very latest from Essex.


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Match Reports

REPORT: Colchester United 1-2 Stevenage

3 December 2019

Third Round here we come...

Boro Number Nine Jason Cowley was the man of the moment in tonight’s Trophy Second Round clash with Colchester United, as the forward bagged himself a brace to send Stevenage through to the next round.

Ten days after the goalless draw at Walsall, Mark Sampson made three changes to his starting eleven with Tom Soares, Paul Digby and Emmanuel Sonupe coming in for Ben Nugent, Luther James-Wildin and Charlie Carter.

Paul Digby’s first start for Stevenage since signing in the summer was a much-welcomed inclusion in Boro’s back three, adding to Chris Stokes and Terence Vancooten in front of Paul Farman.

Michael Timlin and Tom Soares added experience into the middle of the park, with Charlie Lakin and Elliott list on each flank. Craig Mackail-Smith led the line up top, with Emmanuel Sonupe and Jason Cowley in behind.

Paul Digby’s presence in the heart of the Stevenage defence was immediately noticeable, clearing with ease after a Frank Nouble low cross in the first couple of minutes.

It did not take long, however, for Stevenage to go up the other end of the pitch and put themselves in front. As always, Elliott List was causing a nuisance of himself for the Colchester defenders to handle. His quick play resulted in Tom Eastman being able to nothing but bring him down inside the box on four minutes. Step up Jason Cowley, who slotted the ball calmly past Ethan Ross.

Minutes later, Emmanuel Sonupe almost doubled the visitors’ lead. After cutting in onto his favoured right foot, the attacker struck the ball towards the near post, but Ross was equal to it.

Five minutes later, Stevenage had another penalty. Target man Craig Mackail-Smith won a lofted ball from defence with his head, and flicked towards goalscorer Jason Cowley who was in on goal. Unselfishly, Cowley squared to Emmanuel Sonupe for an easy finish, before Luke Prosser could only take him down. Up stepped Jason Cowley for his second, but Ethan Ross was equal to it this time with a brilliant save.

Chances followed for the home side, both Callum Harriott and Cohen Brammall caused problems for the Stevenage defence with their mazy runs, but nothing to trouble Paul Farman.

The hour mark came and Stevenage had got that all important second goal. Jason Cowley found himself with the ball at his feet charging towards goal, and tried his luck from outside the area. He was rewarded with a hint of good fortune as the ball took a nick off Tom Eastman, and nestled into the top right corner of the Colchester goal. Stevenage fans elated, Colchester shocked.

Colchester had two more chances at Paul Farman’s goal before the break. Both from Kwame Poku, both off target.

Half-time came and Stevenage looked good value for their lead.

It was almost the perfect start to the half again for Stevenage, this time with the chance coming to the other striker up top, Craig Mackail-Smith. Terence Vancooten drilled a low ball across the Colchester goal, CMS took a first touch too heavy as the ball was cleared

The opening minutes of the second half saw a lot of end-to-end action, with both sides feeling that the next goal could swing the game in their favour.

Charlie Lakin had a snapshot from inside the area hit the near side-netting, before a good save from Paul Farman kept out Callum Harriott.

On the hour mark, and the hosts were back in the game. A troubling run from Frank Nouble out wide bustled his way into the Stevenage box before passing across goal, to find only Chris Stokes who could only find the back of his own net. An unfortunate goal to concede with the majority of the second half still to play.

Minutes later, Emmanuel Sonupe burst through the Colchester midfield as Stevenage looked to regain their two-goal advantage. The attacker looked to have been taken down purposefully after beating his man, but the referee waived claims away.

As we entered the final 25 minutes of the game, Luis Fernandez was introduced in place of Elliott List, in an order to sure up things at the back.

The introduction of Luke Gambin for the home side created problems for Stevenage outside the penalty area, with his pace and eye for a pass seemingly Colchester’s biggest threat in the second half. The midfielder played through Courtney Senior who was in on goal, but the out stuck leg of Paul Farman to keep the goal advantage.

Another Paul Farman save denied Kwame Poku from the edge of the area, before Mark Sampson decided to use his remaining substitutes and bring on Charlie Carter and Scott Cuthbert with 15 minutes to go.

Frank Nouble was deprived of an effort on goal with thanks to a last ditch block from Terence Vancooten with 10 minutes to go, while on the counter attack Craig Mackail-Smith could only hit the side netting with a half volley.

Colchester were reduced to shots from outside the area and half-hearted appeals for handball as Stevenage stood firm for the remainder of the 90, and won their place in the Third Round of the trophy.


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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Trophy Second Round vs Colchester United

26 November 2019

Ticket prices for Stevenage's upcoming Trophy Second Round tie at Colchester United can now be confirmed...

Boro travel to the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 for a 7:30pm kick-off. Tickets are only available from the ground on the day of the game or online via

Please note, Stevenage supporters should buy their tickets in BLOCK W9.

  • Adults: £8.00
  • Senior/Forces/Disabled: £6.00
  • Under 18: £4.00
  • Under 11: £1.00


Please note, the Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach is not running for this fixture. Supporters have the opportunity to purchase a parking permit via 01206 755161 or by visiting

Find more key matchday information from the Colchester United Offiical Website by clicking here.


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