Pennyfather revels in win over rivals Colchester

CHELMSFORD City boss Glenn Pennyfather was understandably waxing lyrical after his Clarets side dumped neighbours Colchester United out of the FA Cup yesterday.

The non-league hosts were good value for their 3-1 win at Melbourne Park, thanks to a brace from Donovan Simmonds and a late third from Jamie Slabber. Michael Rose replied for the U’s with a free-kick.

Pennyfather, the former Southend and Ipswich Town midfielder, was in buoyant mood when addressing the press just after the final whistle – the first question prompted an enthusiastic three-minute response from the delighted boss.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable,” enthused 49-year-old Pennyfather.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say it, when you get results like this. You’re a little bit in shock, trying to take everything in.

“When we went 1-0 up, I thought me might have stung Colchester into a bit of action.

“But I thought we got our game-plan spot on today.

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“There was a little bit of turmoil at the start, with losing Robbie Edmans to injury. He’s been fantastic since he’s been on loan from Dagenham for us.

“So it was Plan B, C and D come into operation, and we eventually got the right one!

“David (Rainford, assistant manager)) and myself had a good chat about it overnight – not all night though! – and this morning, and I thought we got that spot on.

“We knew that we had to stop Colchester playing. I’ve watched them three times and the are a good side, in really good form.

“So I’m delighted with the way that we have gone about our work,” added Pennyfather.

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