Strikers Freddie Sears and Dan Holman on target again in another Colchester United win

Freddie Sears, scored from the penalty spot at AFC Sudbury tonight

Freddie Sears, scored from the penalty spot at AFC Sudbury tonight - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

AFC Sudbury 1 Colchester United 4

Colchester United recorded their third pre-season friendly victory inside six days with a 4-1 win at AFC Sudbury tonight.

The U’s went two-up in the first half, thanks to a penalty by Freddie Sears, after defender Yiga had handled Drey Wright’s cross, and then a goal by Drey Wright himself.

Winger Wright beat keeper Archer with a curling shot that flew into the top corner of the net.

AFC Sudbury pulled a goal back, early in the second half, when half-time substitutes Shinn and Hughes combined. Shinn’s corner eluded keeper Sam Walker and Hughes headed home.

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Howvever, the League One side restored their two-goal advantage thanks to Sammie Szmodics’ first goal of the summer.

Dan Holman released Gavin Massey down the wing, and the ex-Watford man set up Szmodics to guide home the U’s third.

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It was Holman who added the fourth, benefiting from a defensive mistake to net a real poacher’s goal.

Holman had also netted in the first friendly, a 4-1 win at Brantham last Saturday, while fellow striker Sears now has four goals to his name following a penalty at Brantham and a brace at Heybridge on Tuesday night.


AFC Sudbury (starting line-up): Archer, Swatman, Flynn, Baker, Yiga, Henshaw, Coley, Clarke, Reed, Maxwell, Newby. Subs used: Shinn, Hughes, Baker, Blackwell, Mallardo.

U’s (first-half): Lewington, Olufemi, Okuonghae, Eastman, Gordon, David Wright, Eastmond, Drey Wright, Sears, Vose, Ibehre.

U’s (second-half): Walker, Clohessy, Thompson, Kent, O’Donoghue, Gilbey, Moncur, Watt, Szmodics, Massey, Holman.

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