Blues bounce back with comfortable win
Town U23s secured a 4-1 win over Colchester United at Playford Road this afternoon.
An own goal opened the scoring for Blues, before Kai Brown (pictured), Bailey Clements and Tommy Hughes all found the net for Gerard Nash's side.
It took just seven minutes for Town to take the lead, Armando Dobra's pass across the penalty box being turned into his own net by U's midfielder Tyrique Hyde.
The visitors levelled 15 minutes later, though, after Corrie Ndaba's soft back pass was slotted into the bottom corner by Devonte Aransibia.
All square at half-time, Blues regained the advantage six minutes after the restart. Brown tapped into an empty net after Dobra's initial effort was saved by Colchester shot-stopper Ted Collins.
Harry Wright was then called upon at the other end as the Blues 'keeper denied second-half substitute Tariq Issa with a strong right hand.
And four minutes later Town had a third. Brown was once again involved as the striker collected the ball down the right side before finding Clements superbly in the area - the full-back making no mistake with a fine first-time finish.
Twelve minutes from time the result was put beyond doubt. Hughes was brought down inside the penalty area by Collins and the Town man casually converted the spot kick himself.
Colchester almost netted a consolation in the dying stages but Issa's fierce drive from well outside the box cannoned off the crossbar.
The three points mean Blues remain top of the Professional Development League Two South table with 42 points from 22 games.
The U23s are next in action when they face Burnley at Playford Road on March 4 [kick-off 1pm].
Town: Wright, Emmanuel, Cotter, Nsiala, Ndaba (C), Clements (Webber 82), McGavin, Dozzell, Dobra (Hughes 76), El Mizouni (Foudil 76), K Brown. Subs unused: Egan, Z Brown.