Ward praises reserves

COLCHESTER United manager John Ward has praised the efforts of his experienced reserve team following their 4-1 victory at Watford in a closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.

Ian Henderson scored a fine hat-trick playing as the lead striker, lobbing the keeper twice and slotting home from one-on-one opportunities, while Anthony Wordsworth got the other goal from his supporting striker’s role.

Experienced players such as Matt Heath, Pat Baldwin, Lloyd James and Lee Beevers – who got two assists – all featured, as did Simon Hackney, who played his first 60 minutes of competitive football following a back injury.

Ward said: “It was a fantastic result because I am a big fan of Watford, they’ve always produced good players and always give us a good game.

“We played some good football so fair play to the boys, they are toughing it out trying to get in the first team and performed very, very well.

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“Metaphorically they are knocking on my door with these performances and asking to be picked for the first team.

“As a manager I drove away from the match very pleased.”

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– Keep an eye on www.greenun24.co.uk this afternoon for Ian Henderson’s thoughts.

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