Two out of two for Colchester
Premier BLong Sutton 2 Colchester 4Colchester made it two wins out of two as they won away at Long Sutton for the first time in many years.
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Colchester made it two wins out of two as they won away at Long Sutton for the first time in many years. A few late changes meant that Colchester travelled with the bear eleven with
First appearances of the season for Tom Philp and Mark Harris. Colchester dominated the first half and had many good chances but couldn't quite find the breakthrough early on.
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Colchester took the lead when Rohan Khaira broke down play on the half way line. Khaira played a through ball to Craig Warriner, who rounded the keeper before firing home for his first goal of the afternoon.
The visitors didn't have to wait long before they had double their advantage. Warriner picked off a loose pass across the Long Sutton defence. Again Warriner drove at the heart of the home defence, this time he was brought down for a Penalty Corner. A poor push out meant that Matt Low had to beat the first defender before gently stroking the ball into the bottom corner.
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Colchester had defended well until late in the half when Long Sutton got a Penalty Corner. A slip too the left and deflected shot beat Liam Phillips in the Colchester goal.
Shortly after half-time Long Sutton were level. A long corner to the home side was blocked but only fell back to the taker, who drove into the D and unleashed a shot from a tight angle, which Phillips should have done better with.
Colchester showed good bottle as in previous years this would have signalled a comeback by the home side. However Colchester remained strong and put in some really good work. Some good hassling by the front two kept Colchester's momentum going and they forced a Penalty Corner. This time Colchester used a variation from the straight strike, with the ball being slipped back to the injector, Warriner, who swept the ball home for Colchester's third.
Colchester then wrapped the game up shortly after as Warriner completed his hat-trick. Warriner found himself in space deep in the Long Sutton defence. Warriner feigned to square the ball across, selling the home keeper a dummy before flicking the ball high into the net.
The Hills Residential Man of the Match was Craig Warriner for his incessant attacking and three goals.
One worry for Colchester was the poor conversion rate after getting in the opponents D on numerous occasions and will need to be on better form when they travel to Watford for a game against the recently relegated West Herts.