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4 February 2022

Three points for young Blues in Essex

Kieron Dyer’s young Blues claimed the spoils over a 10-man Colchester United, owing to goals from Tawanda Chirewa, Tommy Hughes and Cameron Humphreys.

Armando Dobra was named in the Colchester side, the Town loanee striking the post in the second period at JobServe Community Stadium.

It was an even start, with both sides seeking attacking routes utilising their wider players, however it was Town who looked the most likely to take an early lead 10 minutes in. A move down the right wing saw Tyreece Simpson shoot wide of goal following a right-footed cross from Harley Curtis.

Colchester’s first dangerous effort followed similar fashion; and Harvey Sayer saw his shot go wide of Bert White’s left post.

It was 20 minutes into the game when the young U’s broke through the Blues’ backline, with Chay Cooper getting the better of White in a one-on-one and breaking the deadlock.

Fifteen minutes from half-time, an exciting two minutes saw three goals scored between the sides. Chirewa first picked up an intercepted pass between the Colchester United centre-halves and fired Town level, although a quick reaction from Colchester saw Sam Cornish put the hosts back in front a minute after.

The young Blues were not behind for long, however. Hughes brought the sides even on 32 with an incredible shot into the top right corner of Edurance Johnson’s goal from outside the 18-yard box. 

Five minutes after the break, Simpson had a nicely taken goal to the left of Johnson disallowed due to an offside call, however Town used the momentum and were unlucky again immediately after not to take the lead after Hughes’ shot inside the box was saved.

On the hour mark, the U’sCooper found Dobra from the right, although the Town loanee saw his shot rebound from the post and the ball was cleared.

The young Blues looked to be the side most likely to go in front, and this was achieved after Humphreys’ lunging effort towards the back post saw Zanda Siziba’s cross into the six-yard box converted, sending Town into the lead for the first time of the evening.  

The U’s were forced to play the remaining 11 minutes of the game a man short, following a red-card-challenge from Kai Redgrave on Town midfielder, Fraser Alexander. The hosts were unable to find a way past the Blues’ backline in the closing stages as Dyer’s side secured all three points.

Town: White, Agbaje, Stewart, Baggott, Smith, Alexander, Humphreys, Chirewa, Hughes, Curtis, Simpson (Siziba 63’).  

Subs: Ridd, Bradshaw, Yengi, Bello.

Colchester United: Johnson, Sullivan, Sayer, Lowe (Redgrave 73’), Beadle, Gdadebo (Chakawa 78’), Cooper (Parish 83), Miranda, Thomas, Dobra, Cornish.

Subs: Tedaldi, Price.

Sent off: Redgrave.

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