IT'S looking more and more likely that our game against Southend United later this month will be a relegation decider to see who joins Grimsby Town for the drop.

With Oldham Athletic coming up on Friday, we need to improve our shot to target ratio, along with putting games to bed when the chances arise.

We are running out of games to get the points and from a fan point of view, I'm running out of fingernails watching.

I just hope we see more of the Bolton game than the Barrow game, in the coming month.

Football is a 90 minute game and in our precarious position, we need to ensure that we use all those minutes and play each second of the game with the iron will and upmost confidence.

In what has been a week packed with Colchester United news, it was unfortunate not to end on the high that we all hoped.

Yet another change in the managerial hot seat saw Hayden Mullins take over, followed by the somewhat surprising, yet interesting news of Paul Tisdale joining, not as assistant, but as an advisor.

All this looked like a strong throw of the dice by Robbie Cowling, in order for us to secure our status as an EFL club.

With games coming up against teams in the same plight as us, this could be the most important change the owner has made.

Good Friday saw us travel up to one of the league's in-form sides with a trip to Bolton.

Now even the most die-hard of U’s fans will have given us little chance of getting anything from the game.

But we went out with fire and desire, after a shaky start we grew into the game and held our own, bringing a deserved and much-needed point back to Essex.

All eyes were then on the home clash with fellow strugglers Barrow.

Before kick-off, social media was showing for the first time in ages a fanbase with a green shoot of confidence.

Could we take the positives from the Bolton draw and build on them in what was a crucial game?

After a rocky start we were able to create chances and through Callum Harriott took a much-needed lead.

So far, so good; we created chances and should have been two or three goals up before the break.

Little did we know, although possibly given our season, that these missed chances would come back to bite us hard.

Barrow as expected were clearly given a stern talking to at half-time and seemed to come out with a more attacking attitude.

We weathered the storm and yet again had a very good chance that we failed to capitalise on.

This kept Barrow with a foothold in the game and sadly just before the end of normal time, the visitors found the equaliser.

This was very hard to take sat watching at home; we had the game there for the taking and showed what missed chances will mean, in this fight for survival.

We had 14 shots – which is an improvement on previous games – but this was put into perspective with only three being on target, a ratio that needs to be worked on and fast.

Let's keep fighting until the end and retain our league status so come next season with the return of fans, we can reset and put this all behind us.

Up the U’s.