Colchester beat Southend 2-0 last night on a pitch that looked like it had been imported from Clacton beach. It was reminiscent of that pitch we played on at Chelsea. Southend dominated large parts of the game with possession only 51 per cent in favour of the Oystermen, but their first goal was helped by the pitch and they came out top in the Essex derby.
Colchester are away at Stockport on Saturday and, given that they are used to playing on bad pitches, some are saying that the result is a foregone conclusion. I am not so certain, but I have to admit that they do look poised to go 3rd.