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Stones 0 Colchester 3

PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:43 pm
by worruz
Sorry, I didn’t go so can’t give much insight.

Re: Stones 0 Colchester 3

PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:52 pm
by charlie
Insight ? Well a centre forward that does not fall over, thats a treat for this season!! Connor Smith looked like the old Watford loan of yesteryear.. thats a treat.

Anything else . Left out of the starting team which played 50 odd minutes was Jake Sheppard and Sellars, plus Northy injured. Then on came another team but

not as good as the original team.

Was I impressed.. So So

Re: Stones 0 Colchester 3

PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:15 pm
by timfparks
Well we started with pretty much our strongest lineup IMO - apart from the strange decision to move the very right-sided Nick Arnold to left back - and had as much of the game as our League One visitors with Danny green, Connor smith and Billy Clifford proving a tight, creative unit in midfield. Good news that Clifford apparently signed NLS forms this evening. Jacob Mendy Mendy (so good they named him twice) showed pace, strength and trickery on the left and Dennon Lewis again impressed with his quick feet and ability to get a shot off. Ross L was monstered by Colchester’s two hulking centre backs in the great League Two mould and couldn’t really find the space to show his class- but he wont be marked as well again this season. Well, until he comes up against Virgil Van dijk in the F A Cup 3rd round.
It was at the back we didn’t really gell with Connor uncharacteristically giving the ball away - as did the athletic but accident prone Efete- and as mentioned, Arnold (who looked very good at Hitchin) a fish out of water at left back.
Come the tolling of the hour, both teams changed their entire outfield 11, poor Dylan Paterson again the only one overlooked, and we buzzed about without ever looking likely to bother the more together-looking visitors. That’ll be the benefit of full time training, while our lads were literally a collection of individuals with a fatal weakness through the middle. Yaw, culpable on Saturday, seemed to be caught out again by a straightforward ball over the top and they raced in for 2-0. The third was a mistake by the otherwise impressive Theo Richardson in goal, trying to make the perfect save from a powerful low strike from luke Gambin but letting the ball slither under his body.
We made little headway in the last 30 mins but that opening hour was a decent guide to our prospects- sort out the fullbacks and we would have achieved parity with an above-average League Two outfit.
I expect us to look better balanced and turn over the young Hornets on Saturday.

Re: Stones 0 Colchester 3

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:58 am
by The Guvnor
Not at the game last night but its the sort of match that is far more beneficial to the players and management than the sort of stroll around we had at Hitchin.

Sounds like we did ok for an hour with our "best 11" and then as you would expect the game got away from us a bit towards the end after the raft of changes.

Good competition for places too which we didn't really have last season and you can probably see our starting eleven not being too dissimilar to last nights. North will obviously come in and then the full backs seem to be the biggest bone of contention. Arnold should play at right back and then its a bit of quandary at left back for me. Efete who seems better going forward, Sellars who is definitely better going forward or the option of moving Jerome over and maybe playing Coker at centre back if he is up to it.

Depends on how DB sees the game, if he wants full backs to bomb on then we have the players but if he wants a solid back four who can all defend then Jerome will have to come over or get someone else in.

Re: Stones 0 Colchester 3

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:47 am
by attic
Stones gave a decent account of themselves before the mass changes were made. Colchester were everything you would expect for a pro club's first team. Big, strong, Closed down efficiently and hit hard and fast on the break. We caused them quite a few problems in the first half but couldn't quite get a decisive effort in on goal. However the main positive is we lived with them whilst the team remained stable. Once the changes were made the game opened up and we got caught out a couple of times. Clearly a few players playing for a place in the squad and maybe over eager to impress. Result largely irrelevant but we showed enough tonight to believe that things are looking okay at present.

Re: Stones 0 Colchester 3

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:10 am
by BillyByrneFan
Competed very well without a "recognised" left back against a very fit and physical professional unit for an hour, and could've gone in at half time at 1-1 but for a very good save from the Colchester number 1. I'm guessing the full back situation came about because of the recent injury to Sellars who's now playing catch-up and wasn't risked for the 1st hour as DB knew it would be tough. Connor Stevens was great defensively against a very quick, robust, aggressive centre forward but as Tim mentioned, gave the ball away a couple of times. I can't see him doing that against many league opponents. Lots of good performances over-all and hope it all transfers to a good league start.

Re: Stones 0 Colchester 3

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:20 am
by BillyByrneFan
Chesham Utd next up on Thursday. They beat H&RBFC away 5-1 last night with Jefferson Louise bullying their defence despite the classy Dean Inman returning to the club. James Ewington who some fancied us signing scored the only reply after coming on as a sub. It sounds like Chesham took it more serious than Hampton and put it about. Beavers still have Matty Whitchelow on their books. :roll: It should be another tough game

Re: Stones 0 Colchester 3

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:18 pm
by worruz
timfparks wrote: until he comes up against Virgil Van dijk in the F A Cup 3rd round.


Van Dijk would probably be rested for that game.

I'd wager we'd have half a chance of a goal if Lovren is brought into the Liverpool line up.