In a match played at the Stockbridge Park Steels ground at Bracken Moor, the U’s faced a team with similar results to themselves of one draw and one loss this season. It was opponents that they had lost to, 2-1 last season, when Noah Chilvers was on target, and how things have changed for him recently.
The home team began the match well with keeper Callum Coulter saving well from an Alex Hunt set piece and he was soon in the action once more as he denied Osaze Urhoghide as the Owls looked for the first goal. Colchester did have their chances, as Harvey Sayer rattled the bar with a fine strike.
However it was Hunt who continued to catch the eye as he hit the post with a fierce attempt. Just when it looked to be a scoreless half, both teams scored in the last few minutes of it. First Jordan O'Brien netted with a calm finish.
Then three minutes later and the U’s were back on level terms as Michael Fernandes fired home from close range.
After the interval, the home team got on top again, as Liam Shaw warmed the hands of keeper Coulter from a fair way out. Then the lead was then regained by Sheffield soon after that when the good work was done by Fraser Preston who created the opportunity for Liam Waldock to make it 2-1 six minutes after half time. From then on, Wednesday dominated things.
Two late goals by the home team saw the scoreline extended. First a superb effort by Ben Hughes crashed into the roof of the net with two minutes to go and in stoppage time, there was another as Hughes scored again, when O’Brien cut the ball back to him.