Blues impress during derby draw

Colchester United v Southend United – JobServe Community Stadium – Friendly Match – Report

Colchester United 2-2 Southend United

Impressive Southend United provided Colchester with plenty to think about after the Essex duo played out an entertaining 2-2 pre-season draw at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Blues enjoyed much the better of the second half, although it was the Sky Bet League Two side who got out of the traps the quickest.

Steve Arnold earned his corn, narrowing the angle and rebuffing from John Akinde after the U’s frontman had found himself in the clear following a pinpoint pass from Alan Judge. Moments later, the Blues stopper stuck out a glove to deny Noah Chilvers as Colchester continued to create the better of the early opportunities.

Indeed, the U’s looked the more likely. They forged ahead midway through the opening period thanks to a familiar source. Akinde burst in from the left before squaring to Freddie Sears, who beat Arnold with a right-footed strike from twelve yards.

Southend had displayed very little in the way of attacking intent. However, they were almost on terms when Sam Dably’s towering header left Sam Hornby clutching thin air only for the post to thwart the former Leyton Orient man.

Southend again went close shortly after the restart. Dan Mooney’s first-time effort curled narrowly wide after Jack Bridge had teed the former Altrincham man up.

Southend were enjoying their best spell of the match. Substitute, Christopher Wreh clipped over after a neat interchange with Mooney. And with their next meaningful foray forward, the Blues restored parity.

Mooney’s sweetly struck shot took a slight deflection to deceive Hornby. Nevertheless, the goal was no more than the visitors deserved for their second-half toil.

But Southend hadn’t finished. Controlling the game, they turned it on its head five minutes from time. Hornby should have done better in dealing with Cav Miley’s fizzing strike from a distance. The sizable Blues’ following roared with delight as the ball nestled in the bottom corner of the U’s net.

But with the final action of the match, Akinde seized on a loose ball to head the U’s level. The hosts, perhaps with more to think about than their non-league neighbours

Colchester United face Chelmsford City at the Melbourne Stadium on Wednesday, July 20 (7:30pm), then take on Ebbsfleet United at Stonebridge Road on Saturday 23 (3pm). Meanwhile, Southend United return to pre-season action on Saturday 23 when they face Gillingham at Roots Hall Stadium (3pm).

Colchester United: Hornby, Coxe, Chambers, Eastman, Clampin (Kazeem 76’), Skuse, Judge, Hannant (Newby 76’), Chilvers, Sears, Akinde Subs not used: George, Cracknell, Miranda, Cooper, Tovide, Terry

Booked: None
Goals: Freddie Sears 23′, John Akinde 90+2′

Southend United: Arnold, Demetriou (Crowhurst 76’), Ralph (Reeve 76’), Taylor (Fonguck 62’), Hobson (Davis 76’), Kensdale (Arrowsmith 76’), Bridge (Ibby Akanbi 76’), Husin (Miley 62’), Mooney (Coker 76’), Dalby (Wreh 61’), Clifford (Wood 76’) Subs not used: Andeng Ndi (GK), Addo

Booked: None
Goals: Dan Mooney 71′, Cav Miley 85′

Referee: C. Brook
Assistants: P. Evans and P Kelly
Fourth Official: A Byrne

Brian Jeeves