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Colchester United manager John McGreal insists his players still have a lot of room for improvement, ahead of the U’s League Two opener at Accrington Stanley, next Saturday.
Summer signing Joe Garner scored his sixth goal of pre-season as Ipswich Town defeated Colchester United, 1-0, in a friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Mick McCarthy has named a team mixed with youth and experience for tonight’s pre-season friendly at Colchester United.
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.
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
Colchester United have signed striker Mikael Mandron on a two year contract.
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).
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.
Former Ipswich Town and Colchester United midfielder Owen Garvan has had his driving licence endorsed with six points for speeding and driving without insurance.
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.
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.
Young striker Macauley Bonne tonight left Colchester United for Leyton Orient.
Colchester United have been linked with a move for veteran striker Dexter Blackstock.
Needham Market 0
Colchester United 4
Two cracking late strikes from Sammie Szmodics saw Colchester United run out impressive 4-0 winners at Needham Market in their second friendly of the pre-season.
Rene Gilmartin has played with, and under, some big goalkeeping names during his career, especially at Watford.
Colchester United’s second pre-season friendly of the summer is at Needham Market tomorrow evening (7pm).
Four of Colchester United’s long-term injury victims made a welcome return to competitive action, during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Maldon & Tiptree in the opening pre-season friendly of the summer.
In a nutshell
Colchester United’s first pre-season outing of the summer, at (Bostik) Isthmian North hosts Maldon & Tiptree, ended in a comfortable victory on Saturday.
Maldon & Tiptree 0 Colchester United 2
Hope always springs eternal at the start of any season, beginning with the very first pre-season friendly, and this year will be no exception at Colchester United.
Colchester United already know two of their three opponents in next season’s Checkatrade Trophy group stage.
Colchester United have recruited Rene Gilmartin as a goalkeeping player/coach for the new season.
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