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U's Hit Five In Braintree Win

Impressive display sees

10 July 2018

Colchester United put in an impressive display to make it two wins out of two so far in pre-season, beating Braintree 5-0.

The goals were again shared around, as John McGreal's men made it nine in their two friendlies so far.

It was a steady start to the game, with the U's seeing the most of the ball but finding Braintree willing to close them down early when they broke into the home half.

Their patience paid off after ten minutes, though, when Gondoh's hard work won the ball back in the Braintree box and he squared it to Nouble who finished well.

Courtney Senior was looking lively in the first half, and won the latest of a series of free kicks just after the quarter hour mark. However, Brennan Dickenson could only fire over.

The U's went close to doubling their advantage eight minutes before half time, as Dickenson sent over a fierce cross that the diving Ollie Kensdale could only divert over the bar.

And they had another chance three minutes later and Gondoh sent over a fantastic cross that Nouble diverted towards goal with a glanced header, forcing a good stop out of McDonald.

And the visitors were finishing the half strongly, with Senior again driving past defenders to put a shot just wide of the post with McDonald beaten.

If the U's felt they should have been further ahead at half time, they rectified that shortly after the interval.

First Mikael Mandron sidefooted a lovely finish into the bottom corner to make it two nil, before Sammie Szmodics darted onto a long Tom Eastman pass to divert the ball past McDonald.

The U's were beginning to turn the screw and, after his initial shot had won the corner, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe made it four when he converted off the bar at close range after good work from Szmodics.

Szmodics then put one the wrong side of the post with some sharp footwork, Ogedi-Uzokwe curled one wide and Collins forced a good stop out of the keeper with another U's chance.

They eventually got their fifth three minutes from time when Aaron Barnes got around the back to square to Mandron, who scored at the second time of asking.

And that was enough to secure a very polished victory.


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