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Up for the challenge - Colchester United defensive duo Frankie Kent and Tom Eastman challenge Southend United captain Adam Barrett for a high ball during the U's derby defeat. BA114743_ 005

Comment - U's must start their ascent soon if they are to succeed in their mountainous challenge

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Stanway's Danny Slatter and Jamie Shaw

Harrop believes Stanway fully deserve their Thurlow Nunn League award

Regent match at Haringey Borough is postponed

Regent match at Haringey Borough is postponed

Webster expects more rest and recovery time to pay dividends

Webster expects more rest and recovery time to pay dividends

Derry takes McDowell Cup honours at the Fennes

Derry takes McDowell Cup honours at the Fennes

Braintree Golf Club's Steve Hambling has joy at pro-am

Braintree Golf Club's Steve Hambling has joy at pro-am

UMPIRING AMBITIONS: Katie Black, pictured holding the Australian flag aloft (on the far side), volunteered at the recent England v Australia Test series match.

Growing academy reaches its first milestone

Derby duel - Colchester United defender Frankie Kent does battle with Southend United's Stephen Hendrie during the League One clash at Roots Hall. Picture: MAXINE CLARKE BA114743_ 059

Kent - we must all take responsibility for U's results

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No extension - Jake Kean has returned to Norwich City following his loan spell with Colchester United. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO113474_0045)

Keen - "there were a couple of things Jake wasn't happy with"

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Mark Phillips is congratulated on his goal against Chester by his Braintree Town team-mates. Picture: AMY JARVIS

Two columns hold particular interest for Braintree Town's Mark Phillips

Frinton golfers make a flying start in Mail on Sunday Team Challenge

Frinton golfers make a flying start in Mail on Sunday Team Challenge

Aoife Marley (left) and Maia McPherson.

County silver joy for Witham Dolphins' Aoife at long-course championhsips

GETTING HIS TACTICS SPOT ON: Harwich’s Pat Allen Cripps (right) enjoyed a clear unanimous points victory against soldier Lee Holmes. Picture: Dave Edwards Photography

Boxer Lucas produces a stand-out performance

Fencer Ashforth books place in British Youth Championships

Fencer Ashforth books place in British Youth Championships

Success: Essex University’s Diego Cisneros Vitor. Picture: Dave Edwards Photography

Debut win for Essex University's Diego Cisneros Vitor

All smiles: Colchester ABC’s  Tommy Reid (right) celebrates with coach Carl Barton.

Colchester ABC's Tommy Reid picks up third win in a row

Simon Torry and Keith Morrell won the Warren's Rabbie Burns stableford

Simon Torry and Keith Morrell won the Warren's Rabbie Burns stableford

Brotherhood E give their hopes of survival a boost

Brotherhood E give their hopes of survival a boost

Charles Rennie (left) and Finley Rudge

Long-standing records are beaten by Braintree and Bocking Swimming Club duo

Double dreams stay alive for Netts in Braintree Table Tennis League

Double dreams stay alive for Netts in Braintree Table Tennis League

Stableford joy for Clacton golfer Josh

Stableford joy for Clacton golfer Josh

Success for Jim Fern, Martin Measor and Tony Choat in Five Lakes' Seniors' Winter League

Success for Jim Fern, Martin Measor and Tony Choat in Five Lakes' Seniors' Winter League

Derby duel - Colchester United midfielder Joe Edwards (left) makes a challenge during his side's 3-0 defeat at Southend United. Picture: Stephen D Lawrence

Derby defeat was a "heroic failure" for ten-man U's - Keen

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Flashpoint - Alex Gilbey is shown a red card following his tackle on Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard in the U's 3-0 defeat at Roots Hall in the Essex derby. Picture: Stephen D Lawrence

Late goals condemn ten-man Colchester to defeat in Essex derby

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Colchester secure win at Bracknell

Colchester secure win at Bracknell

Danny Emmanuel (left). Picture: JIM PURTILL

Witham Town hoping to have Emmanuel back on board

Collective failing from Braintree at the start of the second half

Collective failing from Braintree at the start of the second half

Stanway's purple patch continues with another landslide win

Stanway's purple patch continues with another landslide win

Ryman League round-up: Regent hit four more goals, Witham stun Thurrock, Swifts are pipped by the Hawks and Maldon are held to a stalemate by Aveley

Ryman League round-up: Regent hit four more goals, Witham stun Thurrock, Swifts are pipped by the Hawks and Maldon are held to a stalemate by Aveley

Pryke holds his nerve to claim Knockout Cup glory for Cressing

Pryke holds his nerve to claim Knockout Cup glory for Cressing

Big hitters seal Playgolf Colchester Texas Scramble success

Big hitters seal Playgolf Colchester Texas Scramble success

Clacton match at Haverhill is postponed

Clacton match at Haverhill is postponed

ON A MISSION: Tendring Volleyball Club’s men’s team have marched into the National Cup semi-finals and now face the might of reigning Super 8s champions and cup holders Team Northumbria. Chester Searle is number 17.

Searle hopeful of more cup heroics

Alan Buckingham and Sam Cummins grab a win in the Maldon Golf Club Ben Volta League

Alan Buckingham and Sam Cummins grab a win in the Maldon Golf Club Ben Volta League

Success: Louisa Storey.

Stewart starts ball rolling for Colchester Golf Club's ladies

Pride at stake - Colchester United defender George Elokobi challenges for a header with Southend United striker David Mooney during the Boxing Day clash between the two sides. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO113469-047)

Keen - derby win can kick-start U's season

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Sidelined - Colchester United striker Marvin Sordell will be out for "two to three weeks" with an ankle injury. Picture: STEVE BRADING

U's suffer Sordell injury blow

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Halstead are unable to end Wivenhoe's unbeaten league record

Halstead are unable to end Wivenhoe's unbeaten league record

Tonight's derby against Wivenhoe Town is a chance for Halstead's players to say thank you

Tonight's derby against Wivenhoe Town is a chance for Halstead's players to say thank you

Cowley: This break is very different for my Braintree Town team

Cowley: This break is very different for my Braintree Town team

Ricky Spriggs is set to return for Halstead in their derby game against Wivenhoe Town tonight. Picture: Roger Cuthbert LRPS

Second-half show needs to be Halstead's standard as they face Wivenhoe Town tonight

Garry Kimble. Picture: LOUISE SMITH

Kimble: Hard work was undone by second-half performance at Brightlingsea

The French Connection

The French Connection

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

Flitch Way 100km race is a test for Tiptree Road Runners

Flitch Way 100km race is a test for Tiptree Road Runners

League may fold at end of season

League may fold at end of season

Regent boss Webster is hoping for a repeat display

Regent boss Webster is hoping for a repeat display

SUCCESS: Enjoying the awards evening were (back row) Alex Ratter, Lynda George, Adrian Tovey, Steve Bass, Harry Wood, Michael Mott, (front row) David Dodsworth, Matthew Dodsworth, Erica Dodsworth and Nathan Marsh.

Marsh leads Maldon riders in East London velo race

HAT-TRICK HERO: Aaron Condon scored a treble in Clacton’s 6-4 thriller at Walsham-le-Willows. Picture: Hannah Fountain (hrfphotography.co.uk)

Coyle pleased to win but concerned by Seasiders’ frailties

Positive - Karl Duguid believes his former club Colchester United will relish their Essex derby match at Southend United on Saturday.

Essex derby is perfect timing for U's - Duguid

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