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Reunited to prove a point

Previewing our last away game of 2022

29 December 2022


Reunited to prove a point

Previewing our last away game of 2022

29 December 2022

“There’s nothing more that I want than to go there and win the game,” said a stern-faced Harry Pell ahead of his and Courtney Senior’s return to Colchester United.

Our no-nonsense midfielder and teammate Courtney were part of the Essex-based side’s successful squad that reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup in the 2019/20 season.

Having amassed over 230 games between them and come close to play-off glory for the U’s, both players look back on their time with the club with a lot of fondness, however they do feel there is unfinished business.

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“We spent three years together there. The first two were fantastic, it was a real shame that we didn’t go up because the group on paper felt good enough,” Harry reflected. “We missed out on the play-offs during the first year we were there, that was a real sickener and then in the second year we got into the play-offs but didn’t get to the final – it took a lot to get over that.

“I really enjoyed working under John McGreal and Steve Ball, they were brilliant and then I personally felt that the club lost its way when John went. If you look at their past few seasons you can see that they’ve struggled to replace him.

“I never played with (Matt) Bloomfield but I have faced him a fair few times. I know what sort of person he was on the pitch, he was 100% committed, a real team player and a top professional, so they’ll be hard to beat. I’m really looking forward to the game. They’re fighting for their lives and it’s a match that we want to get our teeth stuck into. Myself and Courtney will go there with a bit of a point to prove. I wasn’t happy with the way I left the club, it left a really sour taste in my mouth.

“I’ve definitely got some good memories there,” added Courtney. “We had a great bunch of players during that cup run. I played a lot of games. Hopefully we get a good reception but like Pelly said, we’ve got a point to prove to them.”

For Courtney, his stint with the Dons has been a breath of fresh air, with the winger having joined us in October following a severe cruciate ligament injury that kept him sidelined for a whole season at Newport County.

Now fit and firing, the Croydon-born forward feels right at home – with playing alongside Harry again only serving to enhance his experience.

“It’s wicked,” he said. “We got along very well at Colchester. He was experienced whilst I was quite young, it was good to learn off him. We also had Michael Folivi and Ryan Jackson there with us as well.

“I think we’ve got a very tight-knit group. There’s some good experience that compliments the young boys, it’s a great mixture. Since I’ve been here the intensity in training has been good along with the mood. I personally feel that I’ve been training well and I’ve got to do what I can to effect games if I come on or start.”

As for Harry, the message is clear from our number eight as we head into 2023 - stick together and whatever will be, will be. 

“We don’t want our good run to stop,” he asserted. “We had some tough spells early on but I absolutely love the way the Club has come together as a whole. We’re going into games feeling really confident and the mood around the training ground is absolutely fantastic.

“When you strip everything back I think the run we’re on has been the most important thing this season. No one can take that away from us but at the same time we haven’t achieved anything. There’s a real hunger to carry it on and we take it one game at a time. As a group we don’t speak about where we would like to be at the end.”

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