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Colchester United have won five games out of five, in pre-season, but boss John McGreal knows that the U’s will have to be on their “mettle” if they are to continue that trend at home to Ipswich Town tonight.

Jaik Mickleburgh confirmed his billing as the top batsman in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, as he masterminded Copdock & Old Ipswichian’s four-wicket win at Suffolk rivals Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

Frinton enjoyed the better of their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League match at Great Witchingham, which was abandoned as a draw on Saturday.

Kurtis Guthrie is still not quite ready to return to the Colchester United first-team fold.

Luke Prosser has suffered another knock-back, in his quest to return to the Colchester United first team.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, was very impressed with the brief first appearance of his latest signing, Mikael Mandron, at Braintree Town on Saturday.

Mikael Mandron, signed from Wigan Athletic yesterday, made his Colchester United debut as a substitute on the hour mark in today’s 3-0 win at Braintree Town.

Braintree Town 0 Colchester United 3

Liam Nash has today completed a dream move from Maldon & Tiptree to League One club Gillingham.

Colchester United have so far enjoyed a very satisfactory pre-season, and they will look to make further progress at National League South side Braintree Town tomorrow (3pm).

New Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club head coach, Ollie Smith, is excited about the prospect of taking the club forward to the next level.

Denny Johnstone is blessed with the “feel-good factor” at the moment, not just because he is scoring goals, but also because he is proudly wearing the No. 9 shirt.

Colchester United extended their 100% record in pre-season, with a fourth win from four friendlies following last night’s comfortable 2-0 home win over a West Ham XI.

Colchester United 2 West Ham XI 0

Denny Johnstone netted his third goal of pre-season, to suggest that Colchester United’s need for a new striker is not that urgent.

Suffolk’s Minor Counties Championship match at rivals Norfolk ended in a tame draw, at Manor Park today, after Hugo Douglas and Tom Rash had been involved in a stubborn last wicket partnership.

Michael Griggs starred with the bat, and Dan Carter with the ball, as Frinton cruised to an impressive victory over Cambridge Granta by 94 runs in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.

Bury St Edmunds captain, Sean Park, still believes that his side can engineer an escape from the clutches of relegation, despite failing to win for the 12th time from 13 starts in the East Anglian Premier League , at home to Horsford on Saturday.

Brennan Dickenson, Colchester United’s player-of-the-year last season, does not expect to be back in competitive action until February, at the earliest.

Cole Kpekawa has completed his move from Barnsley to Colchester United.

Honours were even after day two of Suffolk’s Minor Counties Championship match against Norfolk, staged at Manor Park.

Suffolk sides Copdock & Old Ipswichian, and Mildenhall, both had to settle for draws in their respective East Anglian Premier League matches at home to Great Witchingham and Norwich respectively on Saturday.

Former Colchester United loanee defender, Cole Kpekawa, could be on his way back to the Essex club, this time on a permanent deal.

Former Colchester United centre-half, George Elokobi, has today signed for Leyton Orient.

Jack Millar posted one of the quickest five-mile times achieved in the UK this year, and in only his second outing over the distance, at the annual Great Bentley Friday Five last Friday evening.

Norwich all-rounder, Will O’Donnell, staged a one-man show to deny Frinton a victory in their Eaat Anglian Premier League clash at Ingham on Saturday

A unbeaten last wicket stand of 78, between Dustin Melton and Jonathan Gallagher, secured a remarkable victory for leaders Sudbury, in their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League clash at Burwell on Saturday.

Rene Gilmartin has played with, and under, some big goalkeeping names during his career, especially at Watford.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian were involved in an exciting tied match (technically called an equal score draw) at Cambridge Granta, following a thrilling finale at Clare College Sports Ground on Saturday.

Colchester United’s second pre-season friendly of the summer is at Needham Market tomorrow evening (7pm).

Ben Shepperson led from the front as Mildenhall recorded an impressive 74-run win at Vauxhall Mallards on Saturday, in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

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