Brantham Athletic 3 Leiston 3
The Blues were held in their latest Pre Season friendly at Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Brantham Athletic despite leading twice in the game. Two goals in three first half minutes from Joe Jefford and Craig Parker saw the Blues two goals to the good but by the interval the hosts had levelled. Joe Francis' strike on the hour regained the advantage before a late strike saw Brantham seal a draw.
Next up is a trip to Conference North Lowestoft Town on Saturday.
Blues Reserves will kick off their first season in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One with a home game against AFC Sudbury on Friday, August 8th. This is followed by trips to Debenham LC on Tuesday, August 12th and then Cornard United on Saturday, August 16th. The season will end with the visit of Kings Lynn Town Reserves on Saturday, April 25th.
The full fixture list will appear on the website shortly.
The Blues have completed the transfer of midfielder Scott Mitchell from Ryman Division One (North) AFC Sudbury. The former Ipswich Town, Kings Lynn and Lowestoft Town midfielder has been a target of Blues Manager Steve Ball since the end of last season and the two sides finally agreed a deal after weeks of discussions. Scott has agreed a one year deal at Victory Road and made his debut on Saturday against Colchester United.
Everyone at Victory Road would like to wish a warm welcome to Scott and hope his stay is an enjoyable one.
Leiston 1 Colchester United 8
In-form Freddie Sears helped himself to four second half goals as an impressive Colchester United side put the Blues to the sword. There was little other than a solitary Dan Holman header between the sides in the opening forty minutes before two goals in as many minutes late in the first half from Gavin Massey and Sam Szmodics gave the U's a 3-0 interval lead. Gareth Heath reduced the arrears early in the second half before substitute Sears netted four times with a Drey Wright goal sandwiched in between.
The Blues now travel to Brantham Athletic on Tuesday for their fourth of seven friendlies.
The Blues will start the new season at Wingate & Finchley on Saturday, August 9th following the release of the Ryman Premier Division fixtures on Thursday, July 17th. August sees a host of difficult fixtures against sides expected to challenge next season. The first home game at Victory Road will be three days after the opener on Tuesday, August 12th with Billericay Town the visitors. Here are our August fixtures;
August 9th - Wingate & Finchley (A)
August 12th - Billericay Town (H)
August 16th - Dulwich Hamlet (H)
August 19th - AFC Hornchurch (A)
August 23rd - Peacehaven & Telscombe (H)
August 25th - Witham Town (A)
August 30th - Margate (A)
Other notable fixtures include;
December 26th - Bury Town (A)
January 1st - Witham Town (H)
April 6th - Bury Town (H)
The full fixture list will be posted in the next couple of days on the website.