Dean Campbell is hoping to help forge a greater alliance between Colchester’s men’s first and second team squads, this season.

The club’s first-team skipper says there will be opportunities for players to impress for the firsts, in East Men’s League division two south.

Campbell said: “We want to build an understanding between the players on the pitch and get some continuity going.

“Hopefully, it will be easier for us to do that this year because the men’s first and second teams are playing home and away on the same day.

“That will mean that we can have the first and second-team squads together at the same time, as opposed to them being in separate places on matchday.

“It’ll give some of the boys the opportunity to get some experience for the firsts.

“And the guys can be confident that if they’re playing well, people will be there to see them perform.

“It’ll be really positive and it’ll be good to have that fresh blood and having guys coming through to give others a lift.”

Colchester’s men’s first-team players were left kicking their heels last weekend, after their game at Bedford II was postponed.

“It was called off on the morning of the game, which was frustrating,” said Campbell.

“One of the Bedford umpires had a family emergency and unfortunately, there wasn’t anyone else to replace him.

“It was disappointing but we had a good training session and we’ve been boosted by some new players from the University.

“The players are looking forward to the Crostyx game, this Saturday.”

Colchester’s second team secured their first victory of the season, after they won 2-1 at Wapping VI.

Goals from Frankie Watson and Stephen Nunn were enough to help them claim victory, in East Men’s League division four south east.

For a full hockey round-up, see Wednesday's Daily Gazette.