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U23s See Off Rangers

QPR beaten at Florence Park

4 November 2019

Colchester United's U23s have beaten Queens Park Rangers 3-1

In a game that saw a number of first team squad members involved, the U's U23s deservedly beat the Championship side at Florence Park.

With the U's looking a bit match rusty in the early stages, the visitors took the lead with about fifteen minutes on the clock.

The U's responded well though, and were level and then ahead before the break.

Ollie Sims provided the assist for both, his cross finding Louis Dunne on the far post for the first, and then his corner was met by the head of Omar Sowunmi, (pictured playing in pre-season), to give the U's the 2-1 half-time lead.

Further chances were created in the second period, but they had to wait until late for Jevani Brown to break and chip the keeper to make it 3-1.

U23s coach Richard Hall was pleased with the impact the more experienced players made, and how their presence helped the younger players.

"The first team have had a lot of games lately, and done a lot of travelling so it was important that these lads got some good minutes under their belt. 

"All six got through ninety minutes and that should help them stay sharp for the upcoming fixtures for John, Steve and the first team.

"It wasn't a typical U23s match, and that would have been good for the youngsters in the team.

"The likes of Miguel Scarlett, Matt Weaire and Ollie Sims have been used to the slower tempo of U23s game, but with the first team lads involved, the pace of the game was different.

"They coped well with it and hopefully would have learned a great deal from the experience."

There was also good news on the injury front, with both Harry Pell and Diaz Wright having involvement.

Hall continued: "Harry got ninety minutes under his belt, and Diaz played his first football since pre-season as he got the last twenty five minutes." 

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