Judge finds the net on return from injury
Alan Judge was on target as Town beat Colchester 1-0 in the second of two 75-minute friendlies at JobServe Community Stadium this evening.
The 31-year-old, who has been sidelined since March with a metatarsal problem, scored a stunning goal on what was his, and Town's, first proper taste of pre-season action.
Jack Lankester also appeared to come through unscathed on his first outing in over a year having missed the entirety of last season with a back injury.
Youngsters Ben Folami, Brett McGavin and Idris El Mizouni all came off the bench for Blues in the second half.
Town enjoyed plenty of the ball in the opening stages but didn't create any chances until the 12th minute when two came in quick succession. Andre Dozzell drove at the Colchester back four but drilled wide from the edge of the box, before the ball fell kindly to Judge in the area and he blazed well over with his left foot.
Judge then went close again but his dipping free-kick was tipped over the crossbar by Shamal George.
But it was a case of third time lucky for the Irish midfielder as he broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute with a brilliantly-worked goal. Judge played a short corner nicely with Kayden Jackson, and did the build-up play justice with a fine first-time finish into the far corner.
At the other end of the pitch Adam Przybek produced a fine save to deny Callum Harriott who looked to have found the net with a fierce left-footed effort.
Chances were few and far between in the second half but Flynn Downes and Myles Kenlock did go close for Town - the first a diving header that dropped wide and the second a fierce strike from the edge of the box that sailed over.
Town: Przybek, Donacien, Chambers (c), Ndaba, Kenlock, Downes, Judge (El Mizouni 65', Dozzell, Lankester (El Mizouni 61'), Sears, Jackson (Folami 59').