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Player Watch: Cambridge

15 August 2016

We take a look at Brennan Dickenson's performance.

Summer signing Brennan Dickenson played a starring role in his side's win and Kieran Baldwin gave us a detailed look at the winger.

Colchester maintained their unbeaten start to the league campaign with a comfortable win against Cambridge United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

After his performance today, Brennan Dickenson looks like he could be the answer for Col U as an ideal replacement for Gavin Massey, who joined Leyton Orient in the summer.

The winger looked full of energy going forward and back and certainly wasn't afraid of the physical aspect of the game that League Two promises to bring.

He made the dream start on his full home league debut by drilling home his first competitive U's goal to give the home side the lead.

The break away saw Chris Porter and youngster Sammie Szmodics involved, before the latter fed the ball to Dickenson on the left.

The winger then did the rest, cutting across his defender before rifling the ball across the Cambridge keeper to make it 1-0.

This goal gave Colchester the ideal start and from thereon in, Dickenson, along with the rest of the Col U players seemed to be sharper in every department.

With Colchester playing a lone striker, it was important for both Dickenson and Drey Wright to support Chris Porter. This meant there were plenty of balls up to Dickenson who showed the Col U faithful that he was not only a skilful winger but a combative one too.

Dickenson proved a real outlet when he received the ball to feet as well, as his quick feet allowed him the time and space on numerous occasions during the first half to get a cross away. 

Colchester had another good chance before the break to double their lead. Dickenson made a late run into the box, cut the ball back to Szmodics but his shot was blocked superbly when a goal looked inevitable, but Colchester held a well deserved lead at the break.

The second half started in the same manner that the first ended, Colchester on top but still looking for those crucial clear cut chances. 

Dickenson continued to be a threat throughout the second half as he played high once again.

He seemed to form a strong partnership with fellow new signing Lewis Kinsella that meant they were a solid pairing down the left.

Dickenson also proved a danger when he came inside.

The winger found himself in lots of space in a central area. He drove at the Cambridge back four before releasing a through ball for Porter and his dangerous ball across goal was tuned behind as Szmodics looked for a tap in at the far post.

Cambridge's best chance of the game came in the 64th minute as former Col U man Medy Elito struck the crossbar with a header but this warning seemed to act as a warning to Colchester and they soon found the second goal to put the game out of reach.

It was another new signing that made the game safe for the U's Denny Johnstone replaced Chris Porter up top and his bullet header gave the U's a deserved victory. The impressive pairing of Kinsella and Dickenson were influential in the build up. 

Doug Loft chipped a superb ball down the line, Dickenson showed great pace to reach the ball at the byline and cross straight to the head of Johnstone to convert.

This made it 2-0 and sealed all three points for the new look Col U.

All in all a very satisfying start to the season for Colchester and man of the match was given to Brennan Dickenson. His pace and trickery caused real problems for Cambridge and this performance provides plenty of encouragement for the future.

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