Colchester United's U23s completed a memorable week by defeating table topping QPR 5-1 at the R's training ground on Friday afternoon.
Having defeated Thurrock 4-1 in the Essex Senior Cup on Monday, the U's went one better by hitting five, including three in the second half, as they recorded a fantastic result on their travels.
The U's youngsters have still lost just twice in the league this season and are hot on the heels of the teams at the top as a result of this big win.
Against a strong R's side, the U's fell behind just nine minutes into the game. Dan Wilks had saved well from Dan Darbyshire, but the dangerous Reece Grego-Cox was on hand to tuck home the rebound.
The U's had a chance to draw level on 20 minutes, but Tariq Issa was denied from the penalty spot after winning the spot kick himself.
After Grego-Cox was denied by a fine stop by Wilks, the U's got level as they converted another spot kick. Will Wright stepped up this time and although he saw his initial effort saved, he surged in with a defender and the ball nipped past the R's keeper and make it 1-1.
The U's then got their noses in front just before half time, as Tarryn Allarakhia rounded Herdman in the R's goal and slotted home to put the visitors 2-1 up.
Wayne Brown's side almost added a third just after the hour mark as Louis Dunne fired over from inside the area, before Dan Wilks saved well from Eshun who was able to spring the offside trap.
The U's did get the next goal in the game and it was Issa who made amends for his penalty miss by smashing home off the post to extend the advantage.
Two minutes later, it was four. Eoin McKeown had come off the bench against Thurrock to score for the U's and he notched again on Friday as he put the ball past Herdman to make it 4-1 with twenty minutes remaining.
The visitors were not done yet with their scoring and grabbed a fifth as Courtney Senior (pictured) slipped a shot inside the near post to take the game even further away from the home side.
It rounded off a fantastic performance from Brown's side, as they lift themselves up the Development League table.