Guy’s hat-trick of U’s moments

COLCHESTER United will be taking on Braintree Town in a Jamie Guy benefit match at Cressing Road tomorrow evening (7.45pm), with Guy planning to kick off the game.

COLCHESTER United will be taking on Braintree Town in a Jamie Guy benefit match at Cressing Road tomorrow evening (7.45pm), with Guy planning to kick off the game.

Front-runner Guy, who spent six years at Colchester, is currently making good progress following a double open fracture of his tibia and fibula while playing for Braintree at Eastleigh in February.

Although it was initially feared that Guy might have trouble walking properly again, due to the seriousness of the injury, the 23-year-old is defying the odds by making rapid strides in his rehabilitation programme.

Although Guy only scored three senior goals for the U’s, they were all netted in the Championship during the Club’s historic 2006-07 season when Geraint Williams’ men went on to finish 10th in the table, and 30th overall in the Football League tier, their highest ever finish.

Here we remember Guy’s hat-trick of goals:

1 Scored within 30 seconds of coming on as an 82nd minute substitute at West Brom on August 21, 2006. Although the U’s lost 2-1, to lose their fourth straight league game at the start of the season, it was still a special moment for a 19-year-old Guy to hook home his first ever senior goal, past Hungarian international Pascal Zuberbuhler.

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2 His second goal was also in a 2-1 defeat, at Coventry City in October, 2006, again as a late substitute, although it was another big moment for Guy, because the game was screened live on Sky Sports. He exchanged passes with Jamie Cureton before beating ex-Ipswich keeper Andy Marshall with a low drive.

3 Guy’s third and last goal for the U’s was this time a winner, not merely a consolation, in a 3-1 home win over then-league leaders Cardiff City at Layer Road. He shrugged off the challenge of big defender Darren Purse to prod past keeper Neil Alexander. That put United 2-1 up and on their way to a sixth straight home victory, to move to within two points of the play-offs.

It was perhaps the highlight of Guy’s still fledgling career.

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