DAVID Perkins scored one goal and made another for Tranmere Rovers after returning to Colchester United.

The experienced midfielder, who played for the U’s between 2008 and 2011, helped his current club to a sixth successive victory following a 2-0 triumph, at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Perkins, who made nearly 100 appearances during his time at the U’s, said: “Colchester is a tough place to come.

“They’ve got some good young players so we knew it was going to be tough.

“It was a long trip down and we’re delighted to go back with the three points.

“It’s not like me at all to score and assist.

“It’s always nice but it’s nice to get the three points and get back up the road.

“It was a good finish – I just closed my eyes and hit it!

“We knew that if we could get the second goal that it was very important, with the clean sheets that we’ve been keeping.

“We didn’t give too many chances away and we’ve got a great goalkeeper so we knew that once we got that second, we’d be confident.

“It looks good at the moment – that’s six on the bounce that we’ve won and we’ve not conceded too many so long may that continue.

“We will try and build on it.”

Meanwhile, Tranmere manager Micky Mellon was pleased to see his side continue their red-hot form.

Mellon said: “It’s a stage of the season where every three points is massive.

“We know that it’s a difficult place to come, with the threats that Colchester pose.

“If we’re honest, we’d have liked to have been a bit better with the football at times but that’s us – we always want to get better.

“To score two goals and get a clean sheet at a difficult place like this at this stage of the season was great.

“Games will get more like this as we come towards the end of the season – they will become tight and tense as teams get themselves into positions and see what they’re fighting for.

“David Perkins scored one and made the other and he was wonderful.

“He knows that position inside out and drags people around him with his hard work and intensity.”