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McLeod Strike Seals U23s Win

U's beat Watford youngsters in season opener

15 September 2020

Colchester United's U23s have won their opening league game.

Dave Huzzey's youngsters won with a single second half strike from Sammie McLeod, beating Championship side Watford 1-0.

The game was played at the home of St Albans FC, and the U's were looking to do better than last season when they lost twice against the Hornets.

They managed to do that, with a close range winner from midfielder Sammie McLeod halfway through the second period.

Huzzey praised his side for their second half performance, after a first half where they were very much second best.

He told the official website: "We got the win through resiliance, a good work ethic and a great attitude."

"Watford were the best side by far in the first half, and they will feel a bit aggrieved that they weren't ahead at half time.

"They hit the woodwork, created plenty of opportunities and it was backs to the wall stuff for us at times.

"But the lads were superbly resiliant, and stayed in the game when it could so easily have gone away from us."

On the second half transformation, Huzzey added: "We had to change things around a bit at half-time, and putting three in midfield certainly gave us a bit more control in the game."

"We played some good football and got our rewards with the goal that came just after the halfway point in the half.

"We all know that we weren't at our best, we'll have to work on that in training, but credit to the lads for that resiliance and great attitude I have mentioned."

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