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Back in the groove - U's players Sammie Szmodics (17), Jamie Harney (26) and Tom Lapslie on the first day of pre-season training at Five Lakes. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO108276-04)

U's willing to play the waiting game

Moul's Open hopes are dashed by Goosen

Moul's Open hopes are dashed by Goosen

Roast joins the Jammers from the U's

Roast joins the Jammers from the U's

Mark Benterman. Picture: ROGER CUTHBERT LRPS

Benterman: We'll use FA Cup omission to spur us on

Playgolf Colchester teams' winning runs come to an end

Playgolf Colchester teams' winning runs come to an end

Draws made for the early rounds of next season's FA competitions

Draws made for the early rounds of next season's FA competitions

Braintree Town start busy first month at Chester

Braintree Town start busy first month at Chester

Stephens is delighted with medal

Stephens is delighted with medal

SHOWING THEIR STEEL: Gihan Dilruk and Kyran Young receive the congratulations of their team-mates after a match-winning partnership at Vauxhall Mallards.

Dilruk and Young play a star role in fantastic win

Luke Banner in action during his first spell at Halstead Town.

Familiar faces are back at Rosemary Lane

Braintree boss is happy with deal for Chez

Braintree boss is happy with deal for Chez

Alex Lynn. Picture: GP2 Media Services

Alex hopes Silverstone will deliver a cocktail of speed

Church is hoping to bounce back quickly from first defeat

Church is hoping to bounce back quickly from first defeat

MAKING AN IMPACT: Richard Flutter (left) and newcomer Roger Holmes shone for Harwich Runners at the Great Cornard Parkrun.

Lloyd stays cool in soaring heat

Family fortune – Turner Cup winners Nesta and Cai James flanked by Duncan Turner and captain John Williams

Strong finish secures victory

Kirby coach Curtis Austin passes on some top tips to Matt Sage.

New players are welcome to test their tennis skills

Busy time for Tiptree Road Runners

Busy time for Tiptree Road Runners

GREAT CATCH: Paul Stott, from Saffron Walden, was delighted with his first ever tope of 25lb caught on my boat this week.

Tight Lines with Phil White: Smoothhounds are providing super sport

CONGRATULATIONS: Five Lakes seniors’ captain Richard Taylor receiving the Seniors’ Cup from seniors’ vice-captain David Barbour.

Taylor lifts Seniors Cup

King reigns at Maldon Ladies' Captain's Day

King reigns at Maldon Ladies' Captain's Day

Put through his paces - Colchester United striker Chris Porter undergoes fitness testing as part of their pre-season preparations.

Porter raring to go as U's preparations get underway

Seasiders bounce back and climb to the summit

Seasiders bounce back and climb to the summit

Buckland’s rink leads the way in Premier League win

Buckland’s rink leads the way in Premier League win

Carter bows out of Australian Open

Carter bows out of Australian Open

Rising star – Georgia Tombs

Tombs is looking to add more medals to her collection

One to watch – Ashlie Hale

Hale misses out on Wimbledon chance

MATCH-WINNING HAUL: Ged Spurgin was victorious in a Harwich Angling Club contest on Dock River.

Ged produces a winning weight

Ribchester is back with the Seasiders

Ribchester is back with the Seasiders

Clacton angler Matt Clarke with his stingray, caught from St Osyth beach.

John Popplewell column: Warm weather is making life tricky

Seniors captain Norman Stechman hands out the Summer Medal prizes.

Bill's ace cleans up nearest the pin honours

Addition - Liam Dawson bowling against the Essex Eagles in last season's One Day Cup   Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGSPHOTOS

Essex bring in spinner Liam Dawson on one-month loan from Hampshire

Swifts boss Akurang continues to build for the new season

Swifts boss Akurang continues to build for the new season

Whitnell misses out on Open

Whitnell misses out on Open

Dowsett prepared for the Tour de France

Dowsett prepared for the Tour de France

LOOKING FOR THE BOUNDARY: Maldon skipper Martyn Coker takes a swing at the Witham bowlers. Picture: Seana Hughes CO108164_13

Maldon sink high-flying Witham

Escape act is needed for Burnham Sports

Escape act is needed for Burnham Sports

Burnham Ramblers' Wilson is looking forward to the new season

Burnham Ramblers' Wilson is looking forward to the new season

Work out - Gavin Massey leads the way as Colchester United's players are put through their paces on the first day of pre-season. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

U's players sweat it out on opening day of pre-season

Considering his options - U's boss Tony Humes (right, pictured with assistant boss Richard Hall at a training session last season), will name his new skipper in the coming weeks. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO99161-020)

U's new skipper could be a summer signing

Pastures new - Ben Gordon has been released by Colchester United. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Gordon leaves Colchester

Pastures new - former Colchester United defender Magnus Okuonghae (right, pictured with Clinton Morrison) has signed for League Two side Luton Town.

Former U's skipper Okuonghae signs for Luton

Draw made for early rounds of Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup

Draw made for early rounds of Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup

Brightlingsea Regent strengthen their midfield

Brightlingsea Regent strengthen their midfield

Two Village enjoy a memorable win

Two Village enjoy a memorable win

Halstead Thai boxer William Hedger.

William steps in late to face World Champion

Aussies are in town – captain Michael Clarke working out in the nets at Chelmsford yesterday                       Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

Essex star Tom Westley's weekly Echo column: We can't wait to play Aussies

Rovers look for players

Rovers look for players

Kestrels’ fixtures are released

Kestrels’ fixtures are released

Harwich Youth are holding their AGM

Harwich Youth are holding their AGM

Talks - Colchester United boss Tony Humes says he has held discussions with full-back Ben Gordon on where his future lies.

U's will consider offers for Gordon

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