Colchester men’s captain Dean Campbell was pleased with his side’s efforts despite their defeat at second-placed Brentwood.

The Garrison-based side pushed their hosts all the way and were in front at half-time, before Brentwood eventually emerged 4-2 winners in the East Men's League division two south clash.

Campbell said: “Brentwood are a good side but we coped really well with them and led for three-quarters of the game, which we were happy with.

“It gives us a good indication of where we’re at and showed we should be pushing for a top-four place, with performances like that.

“They controlled possession but we defended and stuck to our game plan very well.

“I think Brentwood were pleased with their result in the end and our defending frustrated them, so there were lots of positives.”

Meanwhile, Karen Harris’s fine strike earned Colchester a point against Wapping and ended the leaders’ winning streak.

Harris, who was player-of-the-match, raced into the D and struck home to earn her side a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the unbeaten visitors in the East Women's League division one south fixture.

Harris said: “It was a tough game, against a very fit and well organised Wapping side.

“We’re getting better each week and the confidence is growing, especially from our youngsters.

“We fought hard and it was great to score the equaliser.

“I don’t often get the space and time I did for the shot and when I did and scored, it was great.”