In-form Sears scores four as Colchester thrash Leiston

In-form Sears scores four as Colchester thrash Leiston

In-form Sears scores four as Colchester thrash Leiston

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Freddie Sears scored four times as Colchester United kept up their free-scoring pre-season with an 8-1 win at Ryman Premier side Leiston.

Sears has now netted nine times in the U's opening four friendles, while Joe Dunne's side have scored 24 times overall.

Colchester took the lead after five minutes through new signing Dan Holman who headed home Gavin Massey's cross.

And Massey got on the scoresheet himself three minutes before the break with a powerful shot that flew in off the underside of the crossbar.

Sammie Szmodics lashed home from inside the box to make it 3-0, before U's boss Dunne rung the changes at half-time.

Leiston pulled a goal back through Gareth Heath but Sears then scored twice in as many minutes to give Colchester a 5-1 lead.

Drey Wright scored Colchester's sixth on the hour mark after finishing from Tom Eastman's pass before Sears scored twice more - once from the penalty spot after Alex Gilbey had been fouled - to complete another emphatic friendly win for the U's.

For a full match report and all of the latest Colchester United news, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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9:17pm Sat 19 Jul 14

down the line says...

And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality!
And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality! down the line
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8:16am Sun 20 Jul 14

hungrystudent says...

down the line wrote:
And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality!
I suppose the squad haven't performed well enough in the first 4 friendlies to gain your confidence, 24 goals in 4 games is pretty poor isn't it. Dunne out! Down the line in!
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality![/p][/quote]I suppose the squad haven't performed well enough in the first 4 friendlies to gain your confidence, 24 goals in 4 games is pretty poor isn't it. Dunne out! Down the line in! hungrystudent
  • Score: 7

10:40am Sun 20 Jul 14

down the line says...

hungrystudent wrote:
down the line wrote:
And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality!
I suppose the squad haven't performed well enough in the first 4 friendlies to gain your confidence, 24 goals in 4 games is pretty poor isn't it. Dunne out! Down the line in!
So far we have played Mickey mouse opposition, fair enough you can only beat what is put in front of you, but can you seriously say that the team/squad has been strengthened in the summer?
I hope I'm wrong but can only see a season of struggle again.
[quote][p][bold]hungrystudent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality![/p][/quote]I suppose the squad haven't performed well enough in the first 4 friendlies to gain your confidence, 24 goals in 4 games is pretty poor isn't it. Dunne out! Down the line in![/p][/quote]So far we have played Mickey mouse opposition, fair enough you can only beat what is put in front of you, but can you seriously say that the team/squad has been strengthened in the summer? I hope I'm wrong but can only see a season of struggle again. down the line
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11:54am Sun 20 Jul 14

hungrystudent says...

Yes, we haven't played the best teams but i am impressed with the amount of chances we are creating and the fact we are actually scoring them. Ipswich, Dagenham and Luton will all be tougher tests but its about getting the team into the groove of playing in the way Dunne wants them too.

As of yet i havent seen the likes of Gordon, Clohessy and Holman as well as the youngsters who have been playing in the friendlies (O'donaghue and Kent) but i believe we have a much stronger squad to that of last season.

Out: Wilson, Dickson, Morrison, Cousins
In: Clohessy, Gordon, Holman, Lewington, Moncur

The only player i'm slightly disappointed seeing go was Dickson (but who knows Gordon could be a far better player) As for the rest i think they were over their peak.

Clohessy adds a bit of experience as does Gordon, and he's still young while Holman will hopefully show his hunger to achieve. The Youngsters will start to come through from last season (Szmodics, Bonne, Gilbey) and so further integrate into the squad. Plus the squad has an extra year of playing together.

I hope you are too, and personally i think you may be pleasantly surprised with the U's next season. I suppose we shall see.
Yes, we haven't played the best teams but i am impressed with the amount of chances we are creating and the fact we are actually scoring them. Ipswich, Dagenham and Luton will all be tougher tests but its about getting the team into the groove of playing in the way Dunne wants them too. As of yet i havent seen the likes of Gordon, Clohessy and Holman as well as the youngsters who have been playing in the friendlies (O'donaghue and Kent) but i believe we have a much stronger squad to that of last season. Out: Wilson, Dickson, Morrison, Cousins In: Clohessy, Gordon, Holman, Lewington, Moncur The only player i'm slightly disappointed seeing go was Dickson (but who knows Gordon could be a far better player) As for the rest i think they were over their peak. Clohessy adds a bit of experience as does Gordon, and he's still young while Holman will hopefully show his hunger to achieve. The Youngsters will start to come through from last season (Szmodics, Bonne, Gilbey) and so further integrate into the squad. Plus the squad has an extra year of playing together. I hope you are too, and personally i think you may be pleasantly surprised with the U's next season. I suppose we shall see. hungrystudent
  • Score: 7

4:12pm Sun 20 Jul 14

totallyfootball says...

hungrystudent wrote:
down the line wrote:
And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality!
I suppose the squad haven't performed well enough in the first 4 friendlies to gain your confidence, 24 goals in 4 games is pretty poor isn't it. Dunne out! Down the line in!
Oh please Hungry Student yet again you have exposed your knowledge of football and your lack of involvement in the game, anyone should beat nobodies, you should aim high if you want to achieve higher, 24 goals in 4 games against opposition of no substance counts for nothing other than false hope! All of my boys opposition this season have been of a higher level than we sit and we have beat them all, lets get real and see what this pre-season stands for, winning is confidence building and habitual, these games have proved nothing other than how far the opposition are from pro football!
[quote][p][bold]hungrystudent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality![/p][/quote]I suppose the squad haven't performed well enough in the first 4 friendlies to gain your confidence, 24 goals in 4 games is pretty poor isn't it. Dunne out! Down the line in![/p][/quote]Oh please Hungry Student yet again you have exposed your knowledge of football and your lack of involvement in the game, anyone should beat nobodies, you should aim high if you want to achieve higher, 24 goals in 4 games against opposition of no substance counts for nothing other than false hope! All of my boys opposition this season have been of a higher level than we sit and we have beat them all, lets get real and see what this pre-season stands for, winning is confidence building and habitual, these games have proved nothing other than how far the opposition are from pro football! totallyfootball
  • Score: -10

8:11pm Sun 20 Jul 14

hungrystudent says...

totallyfootball wrote:
hungrystudent wrote:
down the line wrote:
And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality!
I suppose the squad haven't performed well enough in the first 4 friendlies to gain your confidence, 24 goals in 4 games is pretty poor isn't it. Dunne out! Down the line in!
Oh please Hungry Student yet again you have exposed your knowledge of football and your lack of involvement in the game, anyone should beat nobodies, you should aim high if you want to achieve higher, 24 goals in 4 games against opposition of no substance counts for nothing other than false hope! All of my boys opposition this season have been of a higher level than we sit and we have beat them all, lets get real and see what this pre-season stands for, winning is confidence building and habitual, these games have proved nothing other than how far the opposition are from pro football!
Lets not be libelous Totally, I would recommend you read my second comment @ 11:54 before you berate and harang me further.

Dunne is simply trying to get the team playing a certain style of football, he does this by playing against teams that we will undoubtedly beat comfortably therefore allowing him to install his tactics easily (a bit like a training game, but the opposition will be more competitive than our B team) I think this is further backed up by the fact we have played 4 games in a week. Playing against championship or premiership teams straight away would halt this process and could possibly dent the teams confidence.

I was simply pleased with the fact we had created and scored so many goals, which if you remember rightly, we struggled to do last season. Perhaps this is part of Dunne's reasoning to start playing against lower oppositions.

I would like to now commend you on your achievements with your boys club and wish you good luck for the season ahead.

We can now only wait for the tougher opponents of the pre-season and see how we fair.

HS
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hungrystudent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: And then Ipswich come to the whcs next week and it's back to reality![/p][/quote]I suppose the squad haven't performed well enough in the first 4 friendlies to gain your confidence, 24 goals in 4 games is pretty poor isn't it. Dunne out! Down the line in![/p][/quote]Oh please Hungry Student yet again you have exposed your knowledge of football and your lack of involvement in the game, anyone should beat nobodies, you should aim high if you want to achieve higher, 24 goals in 4 games against opposition of no substance counts for nothing other than false hope! All of my boys opposition this season have been of a higher level than we sit and we have beat them all, lets get real and see what this pre-season stands for, winning is confidence building and habitual, these games have proved nothing other than how far the opposition are from pro football![/p][/quote]Lets not be libelous Totally, I would recommend you read my second comment @ 11:54 before you berate and harang me further. Dunne is simply trying to get the team playing a certain style of football, he does this by playing against teams that we will undoubtedly beat comfortably therefore allowing him to install his tactics easily (a bit like a training game, but the opposition will be more competitive than our B team) I think this is further backed up by the fact we have played 4 games in a week. Playing against championship or premiership teams straight away would halt this process and could possibly dent the teams confidence. I was simply pleased with the fact we had created and scored so many goals, which if you remember rightly, we struggled to do last season. Perhaps this is part of Dunne's reasoning to start playing against lower oppositions. I would like to now commend you on your achievements with your boys club and wish you good luck for the season ahead. We can now only wait for the tougher opponents of the pre-season and see how we fair. HS hungrystudent
  • Score: 3

9:11pm Sun 20 Jul 14

super waluigi says...

Good blog Hungry student. Very astute of you to spot the bigger picture. 'Clan negative' have a free run on this website and will spend the whole season putting down the team they support and guessing what will happen next. They are wrong 90% of the time and this is mostly because they are unable to think outside the box, like yourself and understand the premise of a friendly. I am happy with our performances so far, and I am not bothered if Ipswich beat us.
Good blog Hungry student. Very astute of you to spot the bigger picture. 'Clan negative' have a free run on this website and will spend the whole season putting down the team they support and guessing what will happen next. They are wrong 90% of the time and this is mostly because they are unable to think outside the box, like yourself and understand the premise of a friendly. I am happy with our performances so far, and I am not bothered if Ipswich beat us. super waluigi
  • Score: 4

11:08pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Boris says...

Oldham Athletic will be quaking in their boots.
Oldham Athletic will be quaking in their boots. Boris
  • Score: -3

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