Rene Gilmartin made his first league appearance for more than five-and-a-half years, ironically replacing his 'pupil' Dillon Barnes in goal, for Colchester United's 3-1 home win over Crawley Town on Saturday.
Club captain, Luke Prosser, has praised young keeper Dillon Barnes for his performances at the start of this season, following his promotion to the No. 1 berth after Sam Walker's summer move to Reading.
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.
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.
Carl Marston's U's Player Ratings following yesterday's 4-1 home defeat to Cheltenham Town, during which Kyel Reid was sent off just three minutes after Kurtis Guthrie had slammed the U's into a 1-0 lead on 40 minutes.