Colchester United news

Wed, 12:40

Colchester United manager John McGreal insists his players still have a lot of room for improvement, ahead of the U’s League Two opener at Accrington Stanley, next Saturday.

Summer signing Joe Garner scored his sixth goal of pre-season as Ipswich Town defeated Colchester United, 1-0, in a friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Mick McCarthy has named a team mixed with youth and experience for tonight’s pre-season friendly at Colchester United.

Colchester United have won five games out of five, in pre-season, but boss John McGreal knows that the U’s will have to be on their “mettle” if they are to continue that trend at home to Ipswich Town tonight.

Kurtis Guthrie is still not quite ready to return to the Colchester United first-team fold.

Luke Prosser has suffered another knock-back, in his quest to return to the Colchester United first team.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, was very impressed with the brief first appearance of his latest signing, Mikael Mandron, at Braintree Town on Saturday.

Mikael Mandron, signed from Wigan Athletic yesterday, made his Colchester United debut as a substitute on the hour mark in today’s 3-0 win at Braintree Town.

Braintree Town 0 Colchester United 3

Colchester United have signed striker Mikael Mandron on a two year contract.

Colchester United have so far enjoyed a very satisfactory pre-season, and they will look to make further progress at National League South side Braintree Town tomorrow (3pm).

Denny Johnstone is blessed with the “feel-good factor” at the moment, not just because he is scoring goals, but also because he is proudly wearing the No. 9 shirt.

Colchester United extended their 100% record in pre-season, with a fourth win from four friendlies following last night’s comfortable 2-0 home win over a West Ham XI.

Colchester United 2 West Ham XI 0

Denny Johnstone netted his third goal of pre-season, to suggest that Colchester United’s need for a new striker is not that urgent.

Brennan Dickenson, Colchester United’s player-of-the-year last season, does not expect to be back in competitive action until February, at the earliest.

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Carl Marston has never really recovered from his first game as a Colchester United reporter, when keeper Ron Green went walkabout once too often (twice actually) in a crazy 4-4 draw against Rochdale in 1992. But he is still following the U’s… Follow him on twitter @Carl_Marston

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