U’s win Essex derby against Southend in Trophy

Frankie Kent was on target for the U's in their 2-0 win over Southend. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Frankie Kent was on target for the U's in their 2-0 win over Southend. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group B Colchester United 2 Southend United 0 Colchester United claimed an Essex derby victory over rivals Southend United in their Checkatrade Trophy clash tonight, prevailing 2-0 at home.

The U’s took the lead after 39 minutes, when Frankie Kent headed home a long throw from Ryan Jackson.

And the home side extended their advantage shortly after the break, when striker Aaron Collins, on loan from Wolves, finished a fine move by sweeping the ball home on 49 minutes.

It was a game the U’s realistically needed to win to stay alive in Southern Group B of the Trophy, having lost to Southampton Under 21s in their first group clash.

The Saints youngsters were soundly beaten 4-0 by Cambridge United in the other game in the group tonight. The results leave all four teams with a win and a loss from their first two games, so there’s all to play for. The U’s travel to Cambridge on Tuesday, November 13.


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