Top 10 highlights of Colchester United’s 2013-14 season

Luke Garbutt, who scored a cracking equaliser at Preston, one of three goals he netted on loan from

Luke Garbutt, who scored a cracking equaliser at Preston, one of three goals he netted on loan from Everton - Credit: Archant

Here are 10 highlights of Colchester United’s 2013-14 season, which ended with the U’s in 16th spot on 53 points.

Macauley Bonne scored a crucial goal to beat Peterborough at home

Macauley Bonne scored a crucial goal to beat Peterborough at home - Credit: Archant

1 Andy Bond clambers off the bench, as an 87th minute substitute, to score the winner just 60 seconds later in an opening day 1-0 victory at Gillingham

2 Cracking goals by Jeffrey Monakana and Jabo Ibehre are the highlights of an entertaining 2-2 draw at Bradford, which also sees a fine debut from Luke Garbutt – a promising sign for future months

3 Macauley Bonne scores a dramatic winner over promotion-chasing Peterborough to secure a 1-0 home win, and so end a miserable run of no wins in 11 league games. The Community Stadium really rocked that day!

4 Elliot Lee’s last gasp equaliser, to snatch a 2-2 draw at Rotherham, feels more like a winner than an equaliser in early November


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5 Luke Garbutt’s deadly finish allows the U’s to steal an unlikely point in a 1-1 draw at Preston, having been battered for most of that November afternoon

6 The U’s produce one of their best home displays of the season to over-run MK Dons 3-1 in late November. It was only their second win in 18 games

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7 Awful the previous weekend against Notts County, the Jekyll and Hyde U’s respond with a wonderfully comfortable 2-0 win at Oldham before Christmas

8 Boxing Day bliss as the U’s crush visiting Stevenage 4-0. It is the biggest win under manager Joe Dunne

9 The U’s rally from a goal down, for the first time this season, to secure a precious 3-2 win at bottom club Stevenage to take a big step towards safety

10 The U’s are staying up! Brentford are blitzed 4-1 in the last home game of the season to secure League One football for another year.

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