Best buddies on opposite sides

ANTHONY Wordsworth and Curtis Haynes-Brown used to be best buddies, but there will be no love lost between the former house-mates tomorrow.

ANTHONY Wordsworth and Curtis Haynes-Brown used to be best buddies, but there will be no love lost between the former house-mates tomorrow.

Midfielder Wordsworth and full-back Haynes-Brown came up through the youth ranks together, at Colchester United, and even shared a house.

But that’s where the similarity ends. Whereas Wordsworth has gone from strength to strength with the U’s, and is leading the goal-charts with six to his name this season, Ipswich-born Haynes-Brown has had to bounce back from the disappointment of being released by United, and so dropping into non-league.

Wordsworth is set to chalk up his 139th senior appearance for the U’s tomorrow, at home to struggling Yeovil Town.

Haynes-Brown, meanwhile, will be hoping to start only his second-ever league game since his move to Yeovil from Ryman League Premier Division high-flyers Lowestoft Town over the summer.

“Curtis and I were good friends, and we shared a house together for two years,” revealed Wordsworth yesterday.

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“It can be difficult when you drop out of the League, and have to go to a lower league club. It’s then hard to get back into the Football League.

“But he obviously did very well at Lowestoft, and he deserves his chance again. He came here on trial (over the summer) and he did really well. I don’t know what happened, but he ended up at Yeovil.

“I believe he’s doing really well down there. The manager (Terry Skiverton) likes him, and he got man of the match on Tuesday (against Bournemouth).

“It will be nice to see him come back. I know his strengths and weaknesses, and his long throw is probably his biggest strength!”

Haynes-Brown was released by the U’s in the summer of 2008, without making a senior appearance. The 22-year-old went on to play for AFC Sudbury for two seasons, and then Lowestoft last term, before moving to Yeovil over the summer on a two-year contract.

He has been mostly employed as a substitute by the Glovers, although he played the full 90 minutes in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Bournemouth on Tuesday evening. He will be hoping to retain his place tomorrow.

Yeovil are fourth-from-bottom, with just two wins all season, both at home, against Wycombe and Oldham.

The U’s, who are up to 11th in the table, will welcome back John-Joe O’Toole after a three-match suspension, although the ex-Watford midfielder is unlikely to go straight into the starting line-up.

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