Fine display grabs pre-season win.
A lush pitched welcomed the U's when they arrived at Needham, a great tribute to the hard-working home club.
The game developed into the U's versus a 10 man defence for long stages of the second half as Needham could not keep with the pace and movement of the U's.
On 25 minutes Olufemi had got into a very threatening advanced position on there right, but his cross failed to beat the first man, and the ball rolled behind for a corner. From the flag kick Tom Eastman headed back across goal and the ball appeared to be going into the top corner, but it struck the underside of the bar and was cleared.
It was inevitable that the U's would ask Needham one question too many, and the inevitable breakthrough arrived in the 33th minute.
Left back Michael O'Donoghue skipped past a challenge and drove the ball towards the far corner of the goal from 20 yards. Keeper Plummer could only push the ball out at full stretch, and Marcus Bean planted the loose ball into the net from 10 yards.
Not forgetting the relative standing of the opposition, there were times when Gilbey drove forward in the style and manner of a young Steven Gerrard. Needham had little answer, and could only gallantly park 10 men behind the ball and contest every ball they got near to.
Drey Wright and Alex Gilbey (twice) came closest to beating Plummer, and further chances were liberally spread around the team.
The final goal came from Morrison, who converted a close range chance. from yet another carefully-constructed build-up. Needham were a relived to hear the final whistle on the stroke of 90 minutes.
With thanks to Jim French for his help with this report.
Colchester: Walker, Olufemi, Thompson, Eastman, O'Donoghue, Bean, Gilbey, David Wright, Drey Wright, Morrison, Massey Subs: Phillips, Hubble, Curtis, Bonne, Simmons