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U's youngsters will relish Leeds United test, says McGreal

Halstead Gazette:

9:26am Monday 20th October 2014

John McGreal believes Colchester United’s under-21 clash with Leeds United is another example of why it was essential they secured Category Two academy status.

We need to kill teams off, admits U's boss Humes

Halstead Gazette:

8:36am Monday 20th October 2014

Tony Humes admits Colchester United must be more ruthless if they are to climb further away from the League One drop zone.

Swifts and Regent go through but Ramblers and the Jammers lose out

Halstead Gazette:

12:09pm Sunday 19th October 2014

SIX-SHOOTING Heybridge Swifts made progress in the FA Trophy.

Witham are pegged back in a draw at Peacehaven

Halstead Gazette: John Watson may make his first appearance for Witham this season as they entertain Ilford at Spa Road on Saturday. Picture: STEVE ARGENT

7:34pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Six goals in the first hour of their match at Peacehaven and Telscombe saw Witham Town return with another Ryman League premier division point to their name.

Iron made to pay once more as early dominance isn't capitalised on

Halstead Gazette: Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire. Picture STEVE ARGENT

7:19pm Saturday 18th October 2014

For a second week running, Braintree Town were made to pay for not making more of the chances they created by a side that started the day lodged in the Vanarama Conference Premier’s relegation zone.

Sears strike earns U's share of the spoils

Halstead Gazette: Jason Pickford tries to block Freddie Sears' shot at goal before Stephen Darby cleared off the line

4:52pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A fine goal by leading goalscorer Freddie Sears helped Colchester United claim a point in a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United this afternoon.

Carter wins the General Cup in Hong Kong

Halstead Gazette: Ali Carter in action at the Crucible

1:13pm Saturday 18th October 2014

ALI Carter has made a glorious return to the snooker circuit after winning the General Cup, in Hong Kong.

Lynn looks at the big picture in GP3 title race

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Alex Lynn said he is looking at the big picture in the GP3 Series title race after just mising out on claiming the 2014 crown at Sochi.

Memorable day for Stanway and Halstead - but one to forget for Clacton and Brantham

Halstead Gazette:

7:05pm Saturday 18th October 2014

THERE were very contrasting fortunes for our Thurlow Nunn League contingent.

Ipswich defender Sowunmi joins Braintree on month's loan deal

Halstead Gazette:

5:05pm Friday 17th October 2014

Ipswich Town central defender Omar Sowunmi is set to travel with Braintree Town to Altrincham tomorrow after joining the Iron on a one-month loan.

Joslin confident that Black and Ambers can turn around their slow start

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Braintree Rugby Club joint coach Brian Joslin is sure that they will turn around their disappointing start to the season.

King has upward vision for Witham Town

Halstead Gazette:

2:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Witham Town captain Paul King believes he and his team-mates should be looking towards the upper part of the Ryman League premier division table rather than over their shoulders at the relegation scrap.

Humes hoping more players will commit their futures to Colchester

Halstead Gazette: Focused - Gavin Massey knows it is vital that Colchester United stay in League One this season. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90945-09)

12:44pm Friday 17th October 2014

Tony Humes is hoping more players will follow suit after three of Colchester United’s squad members committed to their future to the club.

Scunthorpe experience proved the making of U's assistant manager Hall

Halstead Gazette: Casting his eye - U's reserve-team boss Richard Hall will run the rule over West Ham United teenager Jake Young following his appearance for the U's second-string against Oxford United. Picture: LOUISE SMITH (CO42774-03)

12:38pm Friday 17th October 2014

He was teased for being a “southern softie” during his time there.

Hayden books a date at World Darts Championships

Halstead Gazette:

12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Cressing Social Club and Braintree Open Darts League player Rhys “Lightning” Hayden had a double cause for celebration after playing his way into the televised finals of the BDO’s Lakeside World Championship and the Winmau World Masters tournament.

The French Connection

Halstead Gazette:

12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

YOU could hear the relief in Gavin Massey’s voice as he talked about his first two goals of the season. He has drive and ambition, and in the afterglow of Saturday’s goals he reflected that after nearly 100 appearances for the U’s he needs to be making his mark.

Witham striker heads to premier division rivals

Halstead Gazette:

12:01pm Friday 17th October 2014

Witham Town striker Josh Mayhew has joined their Ryman League premier division rivals Leiston.

Captain King: This one's for you Tony

Halstead Gazette:

11:00am Friday 17th October 2014

Witham Town captain Paul King has dedicated the team’s history-making FA Cup win at Needham Market to former club chairman Tony Last.

Sparkes targets even stronger push for Conference play-offs

Halstead Gazette:

10:00am Friday 17th October 2014

Braintree Town midfielder Dan Sparkes feels the Iron can have a stronger push for the Vanarama Conference Premier play-off places this year.

Witham Dolphins star is named as first-ever Sports Personality of the Year

Halstead Gazette:

10:00am Friday 17th October 2014

Success on the national and global stages saw Hannah Ueckermann named as the Sports Personality of the Year at the first-ever Active Braintree District Sports Awards.

Kent puts pen to paper on long-term contract

Halstead Gazette:

4:50pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Colchester United have tied Frankie Kent to a long-term contract after the teenage defender signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with the U's.

Massey pens new U's deal

Halstead Gazette:

4:27pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Gavin Massey has committed his future to Colchester United after signing a two-year extension at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Eastman signs new U's contract

Halstead Gazette:

3:26pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Tom Eastman has signed a new contract with Colchester United.

Former Wales boss Flynn backs Humes for success at Colchester

Halstead Gazette:

2:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Brian Flynn believes leading Colchester United to a mid-table finish would be an achievement for Tony Humes in his first season in charge.

Tendring hope for another "amazing" year

Halstead Gazette:

1:39pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Tendring Volleyball Club are gearing up for what could prove another historic season.

Extra-hole defeat for Colchester duo at Daily Mail Foursomes national finals

Halstead Gazette:

1:35pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Colchester Golf Club duo David Latta and Mike Sutton suffered an early exit at the Daily Mail Foursomes national finals, in Scotland.

Bailey battles to slender victory at Playgolf Colchester

Halstead Gazette:

1:33pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Jon Bailey claimed a narrow victory in the Playgolf Colchester Par/Bogey competition.

Reed's second-half surge takes her clear at Autumn Meeting

Halstead Gazette:

1:29pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A strong back nine helped Jane Reed came out top in Colchester Golf Club’s ladies Autumn Meeting.

Humes set for Holman talks

Halstead Gazette:

7:47am Thursday 16th October 2014

Colchester United manager Tony Humes is set to make a decision on Dan Holman’s immediate future this week.

Bean admits he may have played his last game for U's

Halstead Gazette:

7:42am Thursday 16th October 2014

Marcus Bean admits he may have played his last game for Colchester United.

Watson always wanted to return to the U's

Halstead Gazette:

10:34am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Kevin Watson says it was always his desire to return to Colchester United after taking up a part-time coaching role in their academy.

U's are hopeful over Wright injury

Halstead Gazette:

8:26am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Colchester United are optimistic that the injury suffered by winger Drey Wright in their under-21 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday is not as bad as first feared.

Penalty heartache for Maldon and Tiptree

Halstead Gazette:

10:08pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

It was heartache for Maldon and Tiptree in the Essex Senior Cup as they exited the competition on penalties.

Brightlingsea slip to defeat against Cheshunt

Halstead Gazette:

11:07pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

BRIGHTLINGSEA Regent suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Cheshunt, in tonight's Ryman One North contest at North Road.

Sammie sets sights on regular spot for U's

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sammie Szmodics has set his sights on becoming a Colchester United regular after committing his long-term future to the club.

Jon Waldron - my views on the U's

Halstead Gazette:

11:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

One of the key characteristics of any good manager is their ability to make tough decisions.

New signing Heath set to make his Regent debut

Halstead Gazette:

9:39am Tuesday 14th October 2014

BRIGHTLINGSEA Regent have completed the signing of former Stanway Rovers striker Jordan Heath.

Injury worry over Wright as U's under-21s are beaten

Halstead Gazette:

8:43am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Colchester United will check on the fitness of winger Drey Wright after the winger limped off with what appeared to be a knee injury in their under-21 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

Wright set for spell on the sidelines

Halstead Gazette:

3:43pm Monday 13th October 2014

Colchester United veteran David Wright is likely to be out for several weeks after picking up a thigh injury in training.

Carter makes a winning return to the snooker circuit

Halstead Gazette: Ali Carter in action at the Crucible

1:07pm Monday 13th October 2014

ALI Carter has made a winning return to the snooker circuit.

Witham get a home draw but Braintree will be on the road in the FA Cup

Halstead Gazette:

11:06am Monday 13th October 2014

Witham Town's first-ever appearance in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup will be on home turf as they will entertain Weston Super Mare at the Village Glass Stadium.

Humes lays down challenge for Vose

Halstead Gazette:

8:56am Monday 13th October 2014

Colchester United manager Tony Humes says Dominic Vose needs to do more in “certain areas” to make his starting line-up.

Massey delighted after best-ever display

Halstead Gazette:

8:40am Monday 13th October 2014

Two-goal hero Gavin Massey helped Colchester United see off Fleetwood Town – and then labelled his match-winning performance as the best of his career.

Witham keeping a close eye on today's FA Cup draw

Halstead Gazette: (from left) Witham manager Garry Kimble, coach Brad King and assistant manager Johnny Ray. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

7:00am Monday 13th October 2014

Witham Town’s players, staff and fans will be glued to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round draw today for the first time ever in the club’s history.

Swifts and Regent lose out

Halstead Gazette:

10:10am Sunday 12th October 2014

Heybridge Swifts fell to a solitary goal at Great Wakering Rovers.

Title wait goes on for Alex

Halstead Gazette:

9:59am Sunday 12th October 2014

Alex Lynn will have to wait until the final round of the GP3 series season to become 2014 champion.

King's pride as Witham's players keep the history book writers busy

Halstead Gazette: Tom Wraight in action for Witham last season. Picture: JIM PURTILL

7:29pm Saturday 11th October 2014

Whoever is responsible for updating the history books at Witham Town Football Club will be kept busy tonight after their players added a new passage in the FA Cup chapter.

Humes hails Massey after U's win

Halstead Gazette: Crucial goal - Gavin Massey celebrates his opening goal for Colchester United in their 2-1 win over Leyton Orient. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

6:19pm Saturday 11th October 2014

Colchester United manager Tony Humes was full of praise for match-winner Gavin Massey after his brace helped them see off Fleetwood Town.

Witham make history with FA Cup win at Needham Market

Halstead Gazette: James Stevens. Picture: JIM PURTILL

5:01pm Saturday 11th October 2014

Witham Town have made club history by placing their name in the FA Cup's fourth qualifying round draw for the first time ever.

Braintree pay the price for not taking their chances

Halstead Gazette: Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire. Picture STEVE ARGENT

4:54pm Saturday 11th October 2014

Braintree Town were left ruing not taking their chances as their run without a Vanarama Conference Premier win was extended to five games by a 2-0 defeat by Southport.

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