Freddie Sears is on target for a glut of goals for Colchester United

Freddie Sears celebrates scoring the second half equaliser against Carlisle

Freddie Sears celebrates scoring the second half equaliser against Carlisle - Credit: Archant

Freddie Sears feels that he can embark on a scoring spree this season.

Colchester United’s talented front-runner made it two goals in two games, with his 71st minute equaliser in Friday night’s 1-1 home draw against Carlisle.

Having already hit the back of the net the previous weekend, in the 1-1 draw at Sheffield United, Sears is in a rich vein of form. And he believes that could be just the start of a fantastic season, both for himself and the team.

“Getting off the mark last week took a bit of the pressure off me,” explained Sears.

“And once I get one, I feel that I can keep going, keep going and keep going!

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“I’m really happy to have scored two goals in the last two games, and it’s looking good for the season.

“I think that Sanchez (Watt), Craig (Eastmond) and Jabo (Ibehre) have settled in really well again.

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“They were with us last season. They have a good work ethic and also a bit of skill and flair.

“If we can keep this up, as a tean, and can keep everybody fit, then we will try and push to stay up there,” added Sears.

Ex-West Ham attacker Sears was the U’s top scorer with eight goals last season, but he is looking to eclipse that this term.

For a long time, it seemed as though Joe Dunne’s men would be left frustrated by stubborn Carlisle in an entertaining Friday night duel.

The Cumbrians, boosted by a fourth minute opening goal from Matty Robson, impressed in the first half and then defended in depth after the break.

Time was beginning to run out, with chances squandered – full debutant Tosin Olufemi struck the bar with a rasping shot in the first-half, while visiting keeper Mark Gillespie also saved well from Jabo Ibehre.

But Sears then obliged with a slick, first-time finish, from Gavin Massey’s lay-off, with 19 minutes remaining, to at least maintain the U’s unbeaten start to their league campaign.

“I think we fully deserved to at least get the equaliser,” insisted Sears.

“It was a tough game at times, after we got caught cold and caught by the suck punch.

“But we played well, and I think we played the right way for a good part of the game, finally getting the goal we deserved.

“We feel a bit disappointed not to get all three points, but then at the same time a bit relieved to at least get one. It’s a mixture of the two.

“We would have been devastated if we had come away with a loss.

“The draw keeps our unbeaten league run going. Sometimes things don’t quite work out the way you want, so we have to respect the point.

“We were patient. We didn’t panic. Carlisle sat back after the early goal and made it hard for us.

“But we got at Carlisle in the second half, and we are all trying to repay the fans for their great support last season, when we were struggling,” concluded Sears.

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