U18s Thrash Colchester
Saturday, 12th Oct 2019 19:39 by James Ager
Town's U18 side thrashed Colchester United 6-1 at Playford Road on Saturday morning with striker Lewis Reed (pictured) netting a hat-trick and Liam Gibbs, Harley Curtis and Dylan Ruffles also on the scoresheet.
Reed, who scored the Blues' goal in last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, opened the scoring midway through the first half from the penalty spot after he had been tripped in the area by U's winger Diogo Freitas-Gouveia, before he added a second in first-half stoppage time with a glancing header from Matt Healy's freekick.
Six minutes after the restart Alfie Cutbush nodded in from close range following Healy's corner, but the assistant referee flagged to signal the ball had curled out of play and the effort was disallowed.
However Cutbush was involved with Town's third goal on the hour mark when his right-sided cross was cleverly flicked towards goal by Gibbs, and then on 69 Reed curled a low and central freekick around the wall and beyond Chandler Hallett after sub Harley Curtis had been fouled.
With six minutes remaining Nyan Mesuria played a ball into Gibbs in the box and his touch allowed Curtis to finish well, and just a couple of minutes later Ruffles added a sixth following a fine burst forward.
The visitors netted a late consolation in stoppage time when Donell Thomas's cross from the right was headed past Town keeper Jake Alley by Jake Hutchinson but Town, who are up to fourth in the Professional Development LeagueTwo South table, had been clinical and some good finishes led to an emphatic scoreline.
Healy was instrumental in a lot of the chances that the Blues created, while Reed took his three goals well and Gibbs was a constant threat to the U's backline and forced Hallett into a number of fine saves, particularly in the first half.
Meanwhile, former U23s defender Ross Marshall has joined Vanarama National League South Maidstone United having left Town in the summer.
U18s: Alley, Ruffles, O'Reilly, Healy, Baggott, Henderson, Cutbush (Curtis 61), Alexander (Wyss 86), Reed, Baker (Mesuria 61), Gibbs.
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