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Young U's beaten at Needham Market
Colchester United's under-21 side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Needham Market, in a pre-season friendly.
Former Stanway Rovers striker Sam Newson did the damage, scoring a hat-trick for the hosts to see off Richard Hall's development side.
Tosin Olufemi scored the U's consolation goal, against the Ryman League side.
Colchester's next pre-season friendly is their home game with Championship outfit Derby County, on Friday night.
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