Tom Eastman is so used to being one of the first names on the Colchester United team-sheet, over the last five years, that it must have felt a little weird to have spent most of the first month of this campaign warming the substitutes’ bench.
Colchester United can be warmly satisfied with their opening day showing at Notts County, on a sun-kissed Saturday afternoon at Meadow Lane, the home of the oldest surviving Football League club in the world.
Here are Colchester United writer Carl Marston’s U’s Player Ratings after yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City, when substitute Luke Waterfall’s injury-time header finally ended the U’s already slender hopes of making the play-offs.
Club captain Luke Prosser answered his manager’s call for goals to come from other areas, in Saturday’s superb 2-1 win over then-leaders Luton Town, and the central defender is looking for more of the same at Forest Green Rovers this afternoon.
Colchester United writer Carl Marston awards his player ratings after yesterday’s 2-1 home win over Luton Town, when first-half headed goals by Tom Eastman and Luke Prosser secured three points for John McGreal’s men.