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MATCHDAY RECAP: Sluggish U’s slip up 2-1 against Northampton Town

PUBLISHED: 16:57 25 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:15 25 August 2018

Colchester United head coach John McGreal will look to get the better of Cambridge United  Picture: STEVE WALLER    WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Colchester United head coach John McGreal will look to get the better of Cambridge United Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Follow all the action and reaction as we bring you live coverage of Colchester United’s home EFL League Two match against Northampton Town

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Colchester United suffered their first league defeat of the season, beaten at home by previously win-less Northampton Town.

Matt Crooks broke the deadlock, in the 48th minute, and it was no more than the Cobblers deserved against a lack-lustre U’s, who never really got going until the final 20 minutes.

And substitute Billy Waters doubled the lead in the first minute of stoppage time to seal the away win.

Early in the second half and Crooks was allowed to power through the centre of the park unchallenged before arrowing a long-range shot past Dillon Barnes and into the bottom corner of the net, right in front of the travelling fans behind that goal.

The closest the U’s got to an equaliser was when substitute Luke Norris, within 60 seconds of coming on, saw his thumping header cannon back off the bar on 79 minutes.

Waters then prodded home from point-blank range to effectively end the U’s challenge, as the game entered injury-time, although the hosts did halve the deficit just before the final whistle when Sammie Szmodics’s effort was saved, the ball going in off defender Aaron Pierre for an own goal.

• Re-live the action and get the best reaction from Carl Marston in the blog above.

Paul Hurst knows his Ipswich Town side will need to put in a special performance on what is sure to be an emotional evening at Portman Road, as everyone connected with Ipswich Town remembers the great Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town fan Nigel Beckman has written a poem in tribute to the late, great Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst says his players can’t be scared of Brentford tonight.

We take a look at what happened on this day at Ipswich Town

Paul Hurst has hailed the Ipswich Town supporters as the ‘best I have managed in front of’.

Andre Dozzell and Idris El Mizouni were on target as Ipswich Town’s Under 23s beat Watford 2-0 this afternoon.

Ipswich Town host Brentford at Portman Road tomorrow night. Midfielder Cole Skuse spoke to the media earlier today about his recent head injury, the winless start and his role as a senior player.

Mark Heath, Andy Warren and Stuart Watson are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

Paul Hurst has spoken candidly about his eight-game winless start as Ipswich Town manager. Here’s what he had to say about his job potentially coming under threat at this lunchtime’s press conference.

Paul Hurst has an injury doubt over a mystery player ahead of tomorrow night’s visit of Brentford.

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