George Moncur says there was a touch of divine intervention behind Colchester United’s survival.

The U’s goal-scoring hero always knew his club’s battle to avoid the drop would go down to the wire – following a chance meeting with a “modern-day prophet”.

“I’ve been a big believer for the last two or three years and saw this lady at my church in Loughton, right at the start of the season, after our away game at Notts County,” said the 21-year-old.

“I didn’t know she was going to be there that day but she knew my name was George.

“She started praying for me and knew all kinds of things about my life.

“She told me to write some things down – so much of which has come true.

“She told me to write down Leyton Orient and Notts County. Both have gone down.

“She also said something will happen after the Swindon game (the U’s and the Robins drew 1-1 last Tuesday).

“Now this has happened.

“I’m a massive believer.

“God has a plan for me and I always knew something like this was going to happen.”

Moncur says his religious beliefs helped him focus on the big game.

“Whatever happens is already planned out but no-one can tell that apart from the big man up there,” said the former West Ham youngster.

“I just had to go out there and do my stuff and that took all the nerves out of me.”