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Players Return From Short Break

After a short break away in Portugal, Colchester United's players returned to England on Wednesday morning to begin their preparation for the weekend game at Oldham.

Having flown out to Southern Europe on Sunday morning, the U's squad enjoyed three days of recuperation in Portugal - although there were training drills and preparation for Saturday's fixture during their time out of the country as well!

However, having arrived back safely in England on Wednesday lunchtime, Phil Parkinson's players will begin their build up to the match against Brian Talbot's Latics in earnest on Thursday. They will then travel up to the North West on Friday morning for a training session, before staying over in a hotel ahead of Saturday's match.

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Colchester United have re-signed young Crystal Palace striker Gareth Williams on loan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old has just completed a month's loan with Second Division rivals Bournemouth on Saturday and it did not take him long to leave Selhurst Park and rejoin The U's.

The Welshman enjoyed a successful two-month loan spell at Layer Road last season and earlier this campaign, he spent time on loan at Division Three side Cambridge United.

With first team opportunities limited with The Eagles, Williams will aim to make the most of his second spell with the Essex-based outfit.

Williams will have a run-out in Colchester's reserves on Monday, as manager Phil Parkinson runs the rule over five trialists in the match.
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Gareth's done the biz for the U's in the past, hope he can get some games in and do the same again
I think he will

U's Interest In Kendrick Ongoing


Triallist Joe Kendrick has returned to Germany and 1860 Munich - but boss Phil Parkinson stressed that his interest in the young Irishman is still ongoing.

The former Newcastle United defender/midfielder played in the reserve team clash against Leyton Orient on Monday and impressed the watching U's management. However, no deal was concluded before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Parky explained: "Joe did well and he will be coming back, but it was a bit too complicated to get anything sorted by transfer deadline day, because of the logistics of sorting paperwork with a foreign club. Joe is keen to come back to England and a move could be a possibility at a later date."

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Doogie Aims For Bournemouth Return

Having seen a specialist at the end of last week, U's skipper Karl Duguid has told the official website that he is aiming to return to action at Bournemouth next week.

Doogie and Scott McGleish have both been out of action with knee ligament injuries in the past month, but the club captain is hoping that they will be ready to turn out against the Cherries.

The right winger told his matchday magazine column: "When I went to see the specialist last Friday, he estimated that it would be two to three weeks before I was ready to play again.

"Scott and myself are both doing similar work at the moment and, although his injury was worse, we are both aiming for the Bournemouth game to be back and playing. I

"Itís definitely hard being out of action because Iíd love to be out there on the pitch, but equally itís not worth rushing my way back to fitness and causing more problems."

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Doogie Aims For Bournemouth Return

Having seen a specialist at the end of last week, U's skipper Karl Duguid has told the official website that he is aiming to return to action at Bournemouth next week.

not him again

But I doubt he can repeat what he did against us at Layer Road tho
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not him again

But I doubt he can repeat what he did against us at Layer Road tho
I think he's not going to play Andrews can do you lot over

Youth To Get A Chance At Bournemouth?


As Colchester United prepare to travel down to the Dorset Coast on Saturday, Phil Parkinson has named two up and coming youngsters in his squad for the game against AFC Bournemouth.

Following the success of Greg Halford in the Uís first team, in recent weeks, Parky has told youth team players Craig Johnston and Jamie Guy they will be travelling with his 18-man party to Dean Court this weekend.

A powerful centre forward, Guy is still in his first year with the Layer Road youth set-up but the 16-year-old has been impressive in helping the under-19s to the top of their league in 2003/04, scoring 17 goals.

Craig Johnston meanwhile has been selected in the Uís squad on a handful of occasions this season but is yet to make his debut for the first time. The livewire winger, comfortable on either flank has pace in abundance and the 18-year-old is another one of the youth departmentís brightest prospects.

Johnston scored in a triallist game at Layer Road on Wednesday afternoon and has been in impressive form for Micky Cookís U19s of late.

Of the more experienced players in the Uís squad however, Wayne Brown is suspended for the trip to Dorset following his dismissal at Brighton and Hove Albion for a second booking. Rowan Vine is another doubt for the game due to illness.

There is better news for midfielders Thomas Pinault and Bobby Bowry however, who are once again available for selection. Pinault was unable to play at Blackpool because of a bruised foot and Bowry was stretchered off in Lancashire after a foul from Danny Coid, which saw the Seasiders defender sent off.

Scott McGleish and Karl Duguid remain unavailable after their knee injuries, Andy Myers is still out with his back problem and Richard McKinney is hoping to resume full training next week after damaging his ankle at Oldham Athletic.

After two consecutive 0-0 draws in the past week, Parky will be hoping his players can retain their defensive strengths, while converting the chances they create at the other end.

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Cherries 1 - 1 Colu

It wasn't a classic at Dean Court today :rollani:

Halford was 50-1 to score the first goal!!! :eekani:

Neither side played well to be honest,
and I guess a draw was fair although it took a late goal from Hayter for us to get something from the game.
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It wasn't a classic at Dean Court today :rollani:

Halford was 50-1 to score the first goal!!! :eekani:

Neither side played well to be honest,
and I guess a draw was fair although it took a late goal from Hayter for us to get something from the game.
Halford is a real midfield dynamo for us at the moment

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The big win that Colchester Unitedís recent form had been threatening finally arrived on Saturday afternoon as a Craig Fagan hat-trick guided them to a resounding 4-1 victory over Notts County.

Fagan and Williams formed an potent partnership right from the word go against the struggling Magpies and both were on target as the Uís recorded their biggest win of the season. And the home side could have had more in an impressive afternoonís work.

It continued Faganís talismanic position in the Colchester side where, every time he had hit the target, the Uís remained unbeaten. When the former Birmingham man scores, the Uís record reads six wins, one draw and not one single defeat.

Williams had come in up front for the suspended Wayne Andrews, with the returning Wayne Brown replacing Liam Chilvers in the heart of defence.

The game started off relatively quietly, but the Uís strung together a good move after five minutes. It began with good defending by Wayne Brown, who lay the ball to Simon Brown to clear. A great flick on by Johnson set Williams and Fagan free, with the former sending the latter through for a shot which was tipped around the post.

That was quickly followed by more good work by Williams. He chased a ball down into the corner and laid it into the box to Keith. His run and cross was cleared off the line by Barras for a corner and, after the original set piece was cleared, it required good handling by Garden to stop White nodding home.

The home sideís early pressure paid dividends with a goal on eight minutes. Firstly, Izzet won the ball with a strong tackle in midfield on McHugh and, although Fagan was not the favourite to win the loose ball, he won it and ran clear, before striking a fine shot beyond Garden into the bottom corner of the net.

They could have doubled their lead on eleven minutes when Williams got a shot in on goal. An angled ball over the top eluded Barras and, sidefooting it on the volley, the Palace loanee was only able to strike his shot straight at the County keeper.

It was the bright start that the Uís would have been looking for and carried on where they had left off after some good displays in recent weeks. They were looking sharp and lively and had not given the visitors a chance to settle.

They doubled their lead on 16 minutes after a defensive mistake. Richardson let the ball bounce over his head and, as Garden rushed out to attempt to get to the loose ball, Fagan again reacted quickest to loft the ball over the County keeper and into the back of the unguarded net.

It was a crucial second goal after so many occasions this season where the Uís had taken the lead and not capitalised on their advantage. And, on 19 minutes, they could have made it three after superb work by Keith.

The left winger went on a great run beating three players and laid it to Williams. The striker played it back into Keith and he lofted a curled shot over the outstretched arm of Garden but unfortunately also over the cross bar as it dipped past the upright.

It really was all one way traffic in the early stages and the Uís were very good value for their lead. Not only were they vibrant going forward, they were preventing the visitors having time on the ball and Brown had been relatively untested in the first 25 minutes.

Mills reacted to his teamís subservience by putting three centre halves at the back and moving Pipe over to the left hand side in a 5-3-2 formation. It paid some dividend as the visitors then had a small spell of pressure, although the Magpies were still unable to test the home keeper despite the best efforts of Scully in particular.

However, the home side were still potent. On 31 minutes, Williams saw a loose ball from 35 yards out and lashed in a shot that was destined for the bottom corner until Gardenís dive tipped it around the post.

The frustrations of the visitors showed itself on 38 minutes. Stockley had embarked on a run down the left, which ended without bearing fruit and, as he ran away to restart play, Garden decided to come out and push the Uís man. It saw the keeper receive a yellow card.

Mills continued his tactical tweaking by replacing Scoffham with Parkinson, but it was the Uís who again went close to scoring again. Firstly, Faganís clever run set up Keith on the edge of the box, but his goalbound shot was deflected just wide. From the resulting set piece, Wayne Brown saw the ball come to him twelve yards out but his low strike was cleared off the line.

The Uís finished the first half with a string of corners and Faganís placed header was cleared from danger as he looked to complete his hat-trick. However, it was the visitors who finished the half with the best chance as Heffernanís run and low shot was well saved by Simon Brown as it went towards the bottom corner.

Phil Parkinson made a tactical change of his own at half time, replacing Keith with Jamie Cade for the second period. And the Uís again started brightly, with Halford first embarking on a great run down the right and then heading just wide from the resulting corner.

Despite their dominance, the Uís had to remain on their mettle defensively, with Heffernan and Parkinson sniffing around for any mistakes or space that they could find. Yet, there was always the chance that theyíd score again and it arrived on 54 minutes as Fagan completed his hat-trick.

Johnson did well to beat two men down the left, before sending over a cross into the box. It went to the far post where White headed it back into the danger area and Fagan reacted quickest to rise high and push his header past the exposed Garden.

Things were going from bad to worse for the visitors and Scully, having fallen foul of a heavy challenge from Bowry, was replaced by McGoldrick. And their continued frustrations with how the game was going saw Fenton booked for scything down Fagan. From the resulting free kick, the ball fell to White but his shot was well saved by Garden.

White was then booked in the next phase of play, as he was adjudged to have led with his elbow as he went up for a header with Richardson. From that set piece, the circle was completed as the ball fell to Fenton on the far post but he could only hook his shot straight at Brown.

The game was full of incident and the Uís nearly got a fourth twenty minutes into the second half. Johnson again was the provider, bursting down the left and cutting back from the byline and it was only a late tackle that prevented Fagan getting on the end of it.

It was then the visitors who had a chance to pull one back on 68 minutes. Oakesí free kick was well saved by Brown, but the ball fell straight to Parkinson. However, the keeper reacted sharply to save well again and Johnson hooked clear from off the line.

At this stage, though, the game was somewhat fragmented with a number of free kicks in quick succession breaking up the flow of the game. The visitors were having slightly better of things but White was winning his personal battle with Heffernan Ė although the striker came close with seventeen minutes remaining with a long range drive.

Yet, whilst the Magpies were improving going forward, they still looked shaky at the back and Johnson was next to go close on 75 minutes, driving a low shot into the side netting. Since returning to the first team, he had been dangerous going forward but that first goal was just eluding him.

However, Gareth Williams first goal of his latest loan spell arrived on 77 minutes. Halford had won the ball on the edge of his own box and, as the ball entered the County half, he had continued his run. As he received the ball, he laid it out to Williams in space and, having eventually got it under control, he lashed it home past Garden.

The Uís then made two quick changes, replacing Halford with Chilvers and Bowry with Pinault. And they continued their dominance over the visitors with Williams nearly grabbing a fifth with five minutes to go, lashing in a shot which went just over the bar Ė although Fagan and Cade were both in good positions.

It looked as if the visitors may sneak a late consolation goal when McGoldrick stormed unchallenged down the left and crossed for the awaiting Parkinson. However, his cross was blocked behind for a corner. The Magpies were to get that goal, though, as from the resulting set piece, Richardson rose highest to head home to grab that late strike.

The drama was not over though and Izzet brought down Parkinson in the box after a melee in the box deep into injury time. Heffernan stepped up to take the spot kick, but Brown pulled off a great save to palm the ball around the post.

The Magpiesí late rally was meaningless in the greater scheme of things, however, and the Uís rode out four minutes of additional time to record their biggest win since Phil Parkinsonís first game in charge against Port Vale fourteen months ago

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Whast the atmopshere like now at Layer Road?

Must be odd as you have enough points not to be in any relegation trouble but also far enough from the play offs to not be in contention.

Its gotta be somewhat flat

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Whast the atmopshere like now at Layer Road?

Must be odd as you have enough points not to be in any relegation trouble but also far enough from the play offs to not be in contention.

Its gotta be somewhat flat

Nice win though
It's a good atmosphere with most of the banter coming from the Barside! There's no way we will get relegated now but we lost a few games around christmas which cost us a play-off spot, it's not "flat" as we are including some youth team players in the first team and they are not disapointing, Halford's freekick against Brighton was top class, Gerken made some good saves today at Brentford.


In a physical game at Griffin Park, Brentford grabbed three points in their battle against relegation as they saw off us off by a 3-2 scoreline, Fagan & Williams scored again :rollani:

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It's only a couple of weeks until the U's final home game of the season and that means it's time for our 2003/4 Official Player of the Year!

Once again, the clubís official website will be joining together with the Colchester Evening Gazette and The Co-op Jewellery Store, Colchester to crown the Uís best player of the 2003/4 season Ė and what a season itís been!

My vote goes to: Rowan Vine

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Williams, Halford and McGleish all scored in our 3-1 with over Wrexham today at Layer Road

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Colchester United midfield duo Kem Izzet and Karl Duguid will be turning out for the U's next season, with the two players signing new deals with the club.

Of those out of contract, Izzet and Duguid become the first players to confirm their allegiance to Phil Parkinson's side for next year's promotion push and it is hoped that others will soon follow their lead.

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The first of Colchester United's friendlies in preparation for the 2004/5 season have been confirmed, with West Ham and Watford on the pre-season agenda.

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McGleish Set For Cobblers Switch
Uís boss Phil Parkinson has confirmed to Uís World that striker Scott McGleish is set for a move to Northampton Ė and that he is already looking for a new front man.

Readingís Watson Agrees To Uís Move
Experienced promotion-winning midfielder Kevin Watson has agreed to join Colchester United with Phil Parkinson beating off stiff competition for the playerís signature.

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Alan White the Colchester United defender has completed a move to Division Three side Leyton Orient having spent four years at Layer Road. All I can say is that I think will can get better than him anyway :fero:

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Phill Parkinson has been quite slow this pre-season only making a few signigns. Aidan Davidson an experienced keeper from Grimsby, George Elokobi a tall defender from Dulwich Hamlet, Stephen Hunt from the Southampton youth team he plays in midfield, Wayne Brown has signed from Watford after being on loan last season. Some good trialists are traning with the U's aswell they are Ben Bowditch (former England u-21) and Spencer Prior formerly of Cardiff City.

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