A brace from Nouble and a further strike from Marriott see Blues triumph in A12 clash
Town proved too strong for Colchester United this evening, winning 3-0 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in the latest pre-season fixture.
A second-half brace from Frank Nouble and a further strike from Jack Marriott ensured Blues would travel back along the A12 with a victory under their belts.
The hosts might a promising start to the game and twice went close to breaking the deadlock inside the first 10 minutes- Freddie Sears curling a free-kick over before Dan Holman sent a rasping drive just wide of the target.
Town settled into the game after and almost hit the U’s on the counter after 10 minutes. Paul Anderson robbed Ben Gordon of the ball and played in Frank Nouble, who crossed to the back-post where Anderson met the ball but headed wide.
Just before the half-hour mark, Alex Henshall whipped in a free-kick from the left that former Colchester man headed wide from eight yards out.
After the break the game kicked into gear and Town soon broke the deadlock.
Daryl Murphy robbed a Colchester defender of the ball before laying into the path of striker partner Nouble, who slammed home from close range after 54 minutes.
Three minutes later and the same man was at it again, convincingly headed home at the back-post after being picked out by Anderson’s inch-perfect cross.
Town ‘keeper Bartosz Bialkowski- who had replaced Dean Gerken at half-time- had to be alert to a stinging drive from former Blue Darren Ambrose at the other end though, producing a sublime reaction save.
That worked in Mick McCarthy’s side favour, as Marriott got himself on the scoresheet 12 minutes from time with a powerful effort into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Striker Marriott thought he had grabbed his second and Town’s fourth late on, prodding home a rebound after Christophe Berra’s header had come back off the post, but the teenager was judged offside by the linesman.