Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy will be pleased to see the return to action for Paul Digby, with the defender taking a part in the 3-2 defeat to Colchester United this afternoon.

All five goals were scored in an eventful first half. The U’s led 2-0 early on but a spirited come-back from the Tractor Boys drew them level before the Essex side returned in-front with a goal late-on in the half.

Tommy O’Sullivan put the U’s ahead after a quarter of an hour, as his finely executed free-kick beat Nick Hayes with some aid from the underside of the bar.

Those that were at a rainy Playford Road were forced to wait just ten minutes as Femi Akinwande diverted Stephen Dooley’s cut-back past Hayes.

Adam McDonnell initiated the Tractor Boys’ come-back as he netted the second freekick of the afternoon, with his low effort firing into the net via the post.

The visitors almost restored their two-goal lead directly after Ben Morris’ header from close range was saved, but Akinwande’s duo of efforts were kept out by the framework.

The equaliser finally came for the hosts, though, with Shane McLoughlin picking out Morris with an excellent cross-field pass before the striker showed great composure to tuck his effort home.

Louis Dunne’s goal late in the half put the U’s back ahead as he gathered Akinwande’s pass and directed his shot past Hayes from close range.

Town had a handful of chances late on in a largely uneventful second half, but Colchester held on to take all three points back to Essex.


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