BONNE’S ON FIRE TO SINK STONES

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Drew Hill

FOUR goals from Ma­cauley Bonne saw Colch­ester over­come Non-League Weald­stone and man­ager Tony Humes ad­mits an eight-minute spell when the hosts net­ted twice was the only hic­cup of a dom­i­nant dis­play.

Af­ter Bonne opened the scor­ing, that swift dou­ble did in fact hand Weald­stone a firsthalf lead, but the man of the match net­ted three more times be­fore the 70-minute mark.

Then all that was left was for Ge­orge Mon­cur and Marvin Sordell to add some gloss to the score­line.

“I thought we were com­fort­able through­out the game,” said Humes. “But we gave our­selves a lit­tle bit of a scare with a brief minute spell where we con­ceded a poor penalty and a goal from a set piece.

“I think the goal just be­fore half time and the goal just af­ter prob­a­bly knocked Weald­stone back quite a bit.

“It gave us the op­por­tu­nity to re­ally get hold of the game, con­trol it and the longer it went on, it opened up a bit and we cre­ated a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

It was a breath­less first half, with the Stones al­most tak­ing the lead within min­utes as Scott Davies’ thun­der­ing drive forced a fin­ger­tip save from El­liott Par­ish. Min­utes later a Davies cor­ner al­most went straight into the Colch­ester net.

It was the league side, though, who looked the most dan­ger­ous in the open­ing ex­changes, and af­ter a se­ries of near misses, in­clud­ing a shot against the post from Bonne the in­evitable opener came when an ef­fort from Mon­cur was saved and Bonne was on hand to knock in the re­bound.

This sparked a re­sponse from the home side and when Bradley Hud­son-Odoi was bun­dled over in the area shortly af­ter, Jefferson Louis lev­elled the scored from the spot. Then as Colch­ester at­tempted to clear a cor­ner, Hud­son-Odoi was in the right place to de­flect the ball into the net.

The up­set was on, al­beit briefly un­til Bonne glanced Callum Har­riot’s cross into the net be­fore the break.

Then, with barely a minute played of the sec­ond pe­riod, a long goal kick from Par­ish found Sordell and the former Bolton man raced down the left wing be­fore play­ing in Bonne to tap in for his hat-trick.

Once Bonne de­flected home his fourth goal the FA Cup dream ap­peared to be over for the home side.

They bat­tled on and had chances but that left them ex­posed at the back, al­low­ing Mon­cur to grab the goal his con­sid­er­able ef­forts de­served and Sordell to get among the scor­ers in the fi­nal minute.

Stones boss Gor­don Bartlett said: “It’s all about the re­sult.

“When we went 2-1 up, what you hope is you can see that through to half time but we didn’t. What you hope in the first ten min­utes of the sec­ond half is that you can con­sol­i­date but we gave the ball away and we were 3-2 down within a minute of the sec­ond half.

“That only dis­ap­points you, it lifts the op­po­si­tion and de­flates the crowd.You put all three to­gether and the whole mind­set of the sit­u­a­tion changes”

HERO: Ma­cauley Bonne cel­e­brates scor­ing four times against Stones STAR MAN MA­CAULEY BONNE Colch­ester

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