U's boss to look again at triallists

COLCHESTER United manager Geraint Williams wants to take another look at his two triallists, Kevin Lisbie and Bela Balogh.Both impressed during Saturday's 3-0 win at Heybridge.

By Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United manager Geraint Williams wants to take another look at his two triallists, Kevin Lisbie and Bela Balogh.

Both impressed during Saturday's 3-0 win at Heybridge. Former Charlton stalwart Lisbie scored the opening goal, while Hungarian international defender Balogh produced a composed display at the back.

“I'd like to have one more look at the two of them,” explained Williams. The U's play at Cambridge United tomorrow, and at Chelmsford City on Wednesday evening.

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“We have to judge whether they would be able to do something for Colchester United. Kevin (Lisbie) looked quite sharp for this stage of pre-season, and he took his goal well.

“Bela (Balogh) did well, but as a centre-half we need to see him defend more. We will make decisions soon, to be fair to them and the rest of the squad.

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“It's been a good old-fashioned pre-season so far, with a lot of hard work, especially during our five days in Ireland,” added Williams.

The Welshman gave a run-out to every member of his senior squad, with the exception of the injured duo of Mark Yeates and Teddy Sheringham. Winger Yeates is nursing a thigh strain, while Sheringham has a calf problem.

Williams continued: “There was no point in risking Mark. He should be playing in one of the games this week.

“It's nothing major with Teddy, though just as a precaution he had a scan on his calf. I didn't want to play him today for fear of him aggravating the injury and being out for six weeks.”

There were many plus points for the U's, especially the first-half strike-force of Lisbie and Clive Platt. The little-and-large partnership of Jamie Cureton and Chris Iwelumo were a revelation last season, and there were signs that Lisbie and Platt might be a good combination for the coming campaign.

The departure of Wayne Brown to Hull City (for £450,000) has left Pat Baldwin as the most experienced centre-half on the Layer Road books and he was rewarded with the skipper's arm-band for the first-half.

Former Southend midfielder Luke Guttridge was good value for his goal and Kevin McLeod produced some strong wing-play down the left flank. Even more importantly, as Williams confirmed - “there were a few knocks but no injuries.”

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