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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.

Tommy Smith will be watching from afar as Ipswich Town attempt to find a new level of consistency to force their way into the Championship play-offs.

Tommy Smith leaves Ipswich Town after more than 267 appearances for the Blues over 10 years - he certainly made his mark. We’ve picked out the best pictures from his time at Portman Road.

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Ipswich Town U23s paid for failing to convert their chances as they lost 2-0 to Sheffield United in the Premier League Cup at Portman Road, writes Harry Mallett.

Ipswich Town will miss the ‘influence and experience’ of departing stalwart Tommy Smith, according to striker Martyn Waghorn.

Long-serving defender Tommy Smith admits the tears were flowing when he said goodbye to his Ipswich Town team mates having today completed his move to MLS side Colorado Rapids.

Ipswich Town remain 12th in the Championship table following Saturday’s dire 1-1 draw at lowly Bolton Wanderers.

Martyn Waghorn knows he and his team-mates must rediscover their clinical side and begin to put together winning runs if they are maintain any kind of play-off push.

Former Ipswich Town player Georges Santos joined Andy Warren for a special edition of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Joe Garner turned home to finish off a superb Ipswich Town move as the Blues rescued a draw at Bolton.

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