AFTER a few weeks of games being called off for various reasons, we finally got to see the U’s play.

We got 2021 off to a draw with local rivals Cambridge and it was a game of two halves...the second half being much better.

The first half was, by anyone’s standards, poor from the lads but they came out fired up for the second 45 and were unlucky not to get the second to gain all three points.

Aside from the actual football, it was typical of the way the year is going that the first game that was on should be threatened by the weather.

The ground staff worked hard to clear the pitch from the early morning snow fall, which was then unhelpfully followed by rain.

Fair play all involved getting the game on but it came at a cost and that was evident to all at full-time.

The pitch resembled more a farmer's field than the football pitch it had been, less than two hours before.

We are lucky to have our next two games away and almost two weeks to get it back to standard and playable.

With the current weather it will be a big ask and hopefully there will be no lasting effects when Scunthorpe come to town for a game under the lights, on Friday week.

But it was nice to be talking about the possibility of a came being called off, without mentioning Covid-19.

The transfer window is open and other than the departure of Luke Norris, it has been quiet for Colchester.

As normal there have been players linked etc, but nothing has come to fruition just yet. Let's hope this week brings more news.

We need a new striker and possibly cover at right-back.

That said, Tom Eastman didn’t have a bad game there but I felt for Miles Welch-Hayes, who fell foul of the Gazette pre-match interview curse and did not feature.

Steve Ball has given his reasons and they made sense.

We all have our own thoughts on who should play and where but we only see the players on a game day and have no insight into what is going on in training and who has knocks etc.

I do know that if Steve and Hayden Mullins do get stuck, Nick Finch and Ian Rayner are ready to do a job up top, maybe for ten minutes only but to provide options.

All joking aside, we have the squad options that with a few key signings to bolster will give us the best chances of pushing on.

Let's just hope we get the required players in, sooner rather than later.

With two away games coming up against Morecambe and Stevenage before the Scunthorpe game I will be happy with six to seven points from the available nine, although more the merrier.

We need to start getting out of the rut we had before New Year; let's hope the Cambridge draw can be a building block for another unbeaten run.

Up the U’s.