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Player Watch: Grimsby

19 August 2016

We take a look at Lewis Kinsella's performance.

This summer's transfer business for the U's is certainly looking like one of much success with signings impressing across the pitch, and one of those new additions is defender Lewis Kinsella.

In the latest of our Player Watch features, Jake Wilkin takes a look at the performance of recent addition at left back Lewis Kinsella against Grimsby.

Colchester United struggled defensively last year and this will certainly be resolved if the left back's form continues over the course of the season.

League Two is renowned for its physical aspect and the full back doesn't shy away from slide and shoulder-to-shoulder tackles. 

Midway through the first half, Grimsby Town's Bolarinwa appeared to be clean through down the right hand side of the pitch, but a strong shoulder barge from Kinsella slowed down the winger's charge and eventually won a foul when bowled over by the Grimsby player.

In the modern game, we are seeing a development in the use of full backs as not only having defensive duties, but a job in starting off attacks as well.

Kinsella was keen to loft balls over to Dickenson throughout the game, often starting off promising attacking play. He was also keen to get up the pitch and support attacking players from what was a very physical game from the Grimsby Town defenders.

A perfect touch past a player and winning a foul after being brought down by the same defender earned an applause from the crowd for the 21-year-old as the U's began to slow the play down and see the rest of the game out.

The game ended 3-2 to Colchester United, which means the unbeaten run continues but they will be disappointed with the scoreline ending so narrowly after what was a dominant performance from McGreal's men.

Overall however, the start of this season has been one with much encouragement for U's fans and, with continued showings like those that we have seen thus far from Lewis Kinsella and the other players, this could also be a season where we not only see promise but success from Colchester United.

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