For Swindon Supermarine this was probably the journey they wanted. An away game at a Football League club, but a winnable one against surprisingly poorly supported Essex side Colchester United. The picture below shows one of the first pictures on Google Images when I typed in “people of Essex” for this blog post. I think it sums up the area well.
Colchester went into this cup game in and around the play-off places in League 1 having dropped out of the Championship two seasons ago. That league is so tight though (except Brighton), they are only 3 points of 2nd place Charlton and its not even the New Year yet so everything is still to play for. Yet despite this, crowds at the Colchester Community Stadium are only averaging around the 3-4000 mark which is slightly below the 10,084 capacity. Maybe a good cup-run would do the trick?
As you can see from the picture above, Colchester’s David Mooney scored the only goal of the game on 21 minutes to knock-out Marine in what has been described as a drab match. Supermarine nearly grabbed a stunning equalizer in the 2nd half but Jamie Gosling’s shot hit the post. Marine have done themselves proud though and they history-breaking cup run has added some much needed dosh to the coffers. As for Colchester, they were probably disappointed by their 3rd Round draw – a trip West to Wales and a date with the Swans…..
ROAD TO WEMBLEY 2010/2011:
2ND ROUND: Colchester United 1-0 Swindon Supermarine (Colchester Community Stadium, Att: 3,047)