Colchester United's U23s have lost 2-1 against Birmingham City.
The U's youngsters were back in action this week in their league campaign, with Birmingham City visiting north Essex.
It was a great start for the young squad as Andre Hasanally, (pictured in pre-season action), scored a long-range effort after only four minutes.
The lead didn't last long though, Birmingham got back on level terms just two minutes later after a cross was poorly defended - allowing their powerful centre forward to bring the ball down and finish neatly.
After ten minutes, the game settled down and the young U's started to impart their style of play on the game with plenty of possession.
This led to a number of clear cut chances, with Sayer delivering some dangerous crosses across the Birmingham six yard box.
The young Us failed to make these chances count and went in at the break all square at 1-1.
The U's continued in the same vein during the second half, having possession of the ball but this unfortunately did not transfer into chances created and the young U's looked vulnerable on the counter attack.
Birmingham started to look at threat with a few missed chances acting as a clear warning for the home side.
And City made one of these chance count, scoring late on to win the game 2-1.
Dave Huzzey said after the game: "It was a frustrating day for us in the end."
"After spells of possession, we should have got more from the game. Another great learning experience for these young pros."