A brace from the in-form Mike Conroy helped Fulham clinch a comfortable win over Colchester United in the Craven Cottage sunshine this afternoon.

Micky Adams brought back Terry Angus, a substitute in the late League Cup success against Southend United in midweek, into central defence for his first start of the season and the hosts began brightly. Conroy fired home a cross from captain Simon Morgan after just five minutes and then scored his seventh goal in as many games – a stark contrast to his miserable first season in SW6 – by emphatically connecting with Rob Scott’s cross six minutes into the second half.

Steve Whitton did pull a goal back for the visitors midway through the second half but skipper Simon Morgan made sure of the points ten minutes from time by sending a cross from Paul Watson past Carl Emberson in the Colchester goal.

FULHAM: Lange, Watson, Herrera, Cullip, Blake, Angus, Cusack, Freeman, Morgan, Conroy, Scott. Subs (not used): Brooker, Thomas, McAree.

BOOKED: Blake.

GOALS: Conroy (5, 51), Morgan (79).

COLCHESTER UNITED: Emberson; Dunne, Betts, Gregory (Fry 57), Greene, Cawley, Kinsella, Locke (Adock 65), Whitton (Duguid 82), Reinelt, Wilkins.

GOAL: Whitton (66).

REFEREE: Andy D’Urso (Billericay)