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Goal-shy U’s could be in danger of another club record

PUBLISHED: 08:30 16 January 2013

Jabo Ibehre, who is the U's leading scorer from his loan stay before the turn of the year

Jabo Ibehre, who is the U's leading scorer from his loan stay before the turn of the year

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COLCHESTER United’s class of 2012-13 are in danger of scoring the fewest number of goals in the club’s history.

The U’s have currently mustered just 25 goals from their first 27 league games – only Saturday’s hosts, Hartlepool, have scored less in League One this term.

The U’s record for the least number of goals scored, in a season, was set by Bobby Roberts’ Third Division strugglers of 1975-76.

They managed just 41 goals in their 46 league games, and were duly relegated back to the fourth tier at the end of that season together with Halifax, Southend and Aldershot. Steve Leslie (sixth league goals) was the leading scorer.

Joe Dunne’s men have only scored two goals in their last seven outings, and their leading scorer remains Jabo Ibehre, who bagged four goals during his loan stay last year.

Meanwhile, a Colchester United XI tasted victory in a friendly fixture at Gillingham yesterday afternoon.

The U’s beat their Kent hosts 3-2, thanks to goals from Jordan Sanderson, Matt Heath and Tosin Olufemi.

Elsewhere, midfielder-cum-defender Bradley Hamilton has extended his loan stay at Chelmsford City, from the U’s, until the end of the season.

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is prepared to play a waiting game to sign the right striker before the transfer window shuts.

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.

Ipswich Town beat Colchester United 1-0 in a pre-season game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Mick McCarthy has named a team mixed with youth and experience for tonight’s pre-season friendly at Colchester United.

Ipswich Town head to local rivals Colchester United tonight, as the Blues’ preparations for the new Championship season step up a notch.

The best young female footballers in the region will be coming to Ipswich Town as the club saw off strong competition from other teams to partner the Football Association and host the FA Women’s U21 East Region Academy.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is confident he will have a striker signed before his side’s Championship opener against Birmingham City, at Portman Road, in just 11 days’ time.

Scorelines may not matter during pre-season, but the manner of performances and the attitudes of players in friendlies, such as tonight’s at Colchester United, do. Chris Brammer looks ahead ​to the game in Essex.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers knows his place in the team is not guaranteed this season.

Ipswich Town lost 2-1 at League One side Gillingham on Saturday. Stuart Watson looks at what we learned from the first set-back of pre-season...

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