Dazzling Colchester United make it four wins on the bounce

Marvin Sordell celebrates scoring Colchester United's second goal against Bradford tonight

Marvin Sordell celebrates scoring Colchester United's second goal against Bradford tonight - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Colchester United 2 Bradford City 0

First-half goals from Callum Harriott and Marvin Sordell secured a fourth victory on the trot for impressive Colchester United, against Bradford City, at the Community Stadium tonight.

It was the first time that the U’s had won four league games on the bounce for nearly six years, since December, 2009, when Aidy Boothroyd was on the U’s hot seat.

Harriott bagged his third goal in the last three matches, following up his winners against Gillingham and at Swindon by netting after just seven minutes.

The Charlton loanee left Brad Jones blushing, as his speculative angled drive deceived Bradford’s keeper and rolled into the net.


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It was a well-struck shot by Harriott, but in truth Brad Jones should never have let the ball sneak under his body.

Sordell doubled the lead in the 32nd minute, with his second goal for the club since his switch from Burnley, and his first at the Community Stadium.

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The classy Sordell was certainly indebted to Owen Garvan, who set him up with a fantastic, defence-splitting pass, the brightest moment of another terrific display.

Sordell did not need a second invitation, beating Brad Jones all ends up with a first-time shot which flew into the corner of the net.

There was no way back for rather one-dimensional Bradford, managed by ex-U’s boss Phil Parkinson.

It was Parkinson who masterminded the U’s promotion to the Championship, back in 2005-06.

These are still early days, but on the form of the last three weeks, current boss Tony Humes has a squad capable of making a promotion push this season.

Squads

COLCHESTER: Jones, Olufemi, Kent, Eastman, Briggs, Edwards, Garvan, Moncur (sub Porter, 80), Massey, Sordell, Harriott. Unused subs: Parish, Elokobi, Gilbey, Bonne, Sembie-Ferris, Harney.

BRADFORD: Jones, Darby, Burke, Routis, Meredith, Davies (sub Marshall, 71), Evans, McMahon, Knott (sub James, 83), Hanson, Cole. Unused subs: Williams, N Clarke, Liddle, Leigh, Mottley-Henry.

Referee: James Adcock (Notts)

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