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Nervous U's Fail To Assure Survival

Nervous U's Fail To Assure Survival

The U's failed to get going in front of the season's biggest crowd this afternoon as they played out a 0-0 draw at home to Shrewsbury Town in the final home game of the season.

The point is not enough to secure the U's League One safety after Scunthorpe pulled off a surprising 1-0 win away at MK Dons, meaning that the U's head to Carlisle next weekend needing a point to assure themselves of safety.

Despite the bumper crowd of almost 6,000 at the Weston Homes, Joe Dunne's side struggled to get going against a Shrews team that made six changes having already assured their survival, but for an incomprehensible nineteen-goal swing with Scunthorpe.

George Porter, recalled to the starting eleven in place of Drey Wright, went close with an early effort that he failed to get on target.

Shortly after, Jabo Ibehre, who picked up a number of Player of the Year awards after the game, saw his headed attempt at goal sail wide of the post from a corner, but they were feeble efforts at igniting the game.

Sam Walker had one save to make in that first half of the game, before making a better save in the second half when he expertly tipped David McAllister's effort wide after an hour to keep the scores level.

That moment failed to light up the game though and, with the clock ticking down, the nervous U's looked the most vulnerable to concede as Scunthorpe continued to pressure the U's area.

Dunne's side did manage to hold on for the point, though, which could prove crucial when it is all done and dusted in seven days' time.

Oldham's win this afternoon means it is now a two-horse race between the U's and Scunthorpe, with the U's in the driving seat.

However, it only takes a three-goal swing in Scunthorpe's favour to reduce the arrears and send the U's down on the final day.

A clean sheet would guarantee survival.


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Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Saturday April 20 2013
Time: 6:08PM

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