BONNE’S ON FIRE TO SINK STONES
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