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Hey Jude XI 1 Colchester 9


Hey Jude went to Colchester in high spirits following the 5-3 win over Interbears in their last match. The management was rocked by the news that Sammy Fenton-Elstone was unable to play due to fever and the late arrival of Jimbee.

With this in mind the managerial duo of Chris Wickham and Paul Fitzsimmons made a couple of changes to the side and lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with

Gk: Matt Dolman
DL: Michael Williams
DR: Jonno Fitzmaurice
DC: Leigh Miah
DC: Paul Griffiths
ML: David Johnson
MR: Steven Johnson
MC: Pete Johnston
MC: Phil Marchant
FC: Rik Scales
FC: Gary Evans

With
Steven Smith
Paul Fitzsimons
Dan Casey
Jim Finnegan 


The game was played in very windy conditions and Hey Jude played the first half with the wind to their advantage. Hey Jude dominated the start of the game but failed to gain anything from their dominance despite coming close on several occasions. As the game progressed Colchester came back into the game and came close to taking the lead when Leigh sliced a clearance just wide of his own goal for a corner.

Leigh did not let this get him down and soon gave Hey Jude the lead with a free kick punted up the field from inside the Jude half which bounced wickedly and with the help of the wind carried it self into the net over the despairing keeper who made the big error of coming out to far on a windy pitch.

The game became very even before Colchester leveled the game when an unfortunate slip from Jonno let in the Colchester forward who calmly slotted the ball past Matt in the Hey Jude goal who was left with no chance.

Colchester made it 2-1 before the break when after a corner and a goal line scramble the ball finally made its way into the net with Hey Jude bodies blocking the path of Matt Dolman who had no way of making space for himself to save it.

The general feeling on the sideline at this time was that Hey Jude deserved to be level and that they needed to be because the wind was going to be hard to defend against in the second half.

Half Time Colchester 2 Hey Jude 1

The management made two changes Jim replaced Gary Evans upfront and the enforced change of bringing Steven Smith on for Steve Johnson who was exhausted whilst switching Dave Johnson to right wing and Smith to left wing.

The second half was extremely tough with the wind much stronger then that of the first half and the ball spending majority of the time on the right side of the Hey Jude setup. The game wasn't really dominated by Colchester but the wind seemed to help them and they made it 3 shortly after half time before adding a 4th later on. Hey Jude continued to attack and this seemed to cause problems as Colchester were very strong on the counter attack and hit Hey Jude harshly on the attack with some excellent finishing off some well worked moves and were denied on occasions by some excellent saves from Matt Dolman including one miles outside of his area.

In the end Colchester deserved the win but not by the high margin they achieved it by the management can take some positive things out of the game and will consider themselves unlucky to have lost by such a high margin. Credit must go to the Colchester lads who were a brilliant set of lads and reminded me very much of the Hey Jude spirit. In all a disappointing result but the weather played a big impact in that.

*(Ed - Jonno) Note - One of the 7 conceded in the second-half was a fantastic own goal by Rik Scales. A high ball was played by a Colchester player onto Rik who was near the byline, the ball went over his and he flicked the ball with his foot, which went flew over the defence and Supes to go in the goal!!

(Ed) Thanks to Steven Smith for the very informative match report!

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