Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

Col U 1 - Preston 0

Col U 1 - Preston 0

Richards header sinks high-flyers

Colchester United (0) 1 Preston (0) 0

Scorer: Richards, 67

Attendance: 5,085

Tuesday, 30th January 2007


Matthew Calmus, Layer Road


Colchester United`s capacity for writing winning headlines continued as the sale of right-back Greg Halford went through on the same night that they beat a promotion-chasing Preston North End.

Gary Richards grabbed the first professional goal of this career, as United wiped out the glaring statistic that they were without a win in 2007. It wasn`t as bad as all that - despite ignominious losses against rivals Ipswich and lowly Barnet, in the F. A. Cup, - because the unbeaten run at home still stretches all the way back to late August.

The doom-harbinger was having a field day prior to kick-off, what with Halford`s omission and several injury doubts - if the papers were to be believed, United would have to do without five of their normal first XI. After Jamie Cureton and Wayne Brown overcame fitness doubts, and new loan signing Matthew Mills had slotted in at the back, the injury blacklist was considerably shorter.

Debutant Mills - on loan from Manchester City - made an impressive start to what will initially be a month-long Colchester career, until he sustained a knock himself at the end of the first half. The youngster looked composed on the ball, although endured a heart-in-the mouth moment after only 6 minutes as David Nugent unsuccessfully appealed for obstruction in the box.

Colchester grew in stature as the half wore on, after that scare. In the words of opposing manager Paul Simpson: "They defended absolutely superbly; there is no shame in losing to them."

Preston`s notoriously fast strike-paring of Michael Ricketts and Nugent promised to be a handful, although the latter of the pair did not justify a reported £6 million price-tag placed on his shoulders, since he only has 11 goals this season.

People tend to argue that Greg Halford`s transfer fee was too high, at a suspected £2.5 million pounds, although this column is inclined to disagree.

Greg`s versatility (he can play right across defence and anywhere in midfield) will make him a prize asset to his new club, while it goes some way to explaining why United initially wanted £4 million. Having reportedly captured the interest of half the Premiership (read Middlesborough, Watford, Wigan, West Ham, Portsmouth, Manchester City, Sheffield United, Charlton Athletic and Reading), the 22-yeard old finally got a preferred move to the capital city.

Back on the pitch, the oldest of Colchester United servants, Kemi Izzet, was playing a blinder, where he had a shot on goal from 12-yards blocked by Danny Pugh with 32 minutes gone. Izzet, who later tested Preston`s stand-in 'keeper Lonergan twice more, came closer to braking his age-old scoring duct in this game than he has in a long time. Kevin Watson also deserves credit, for he typified Colchester`s desire to do the ugly duties, as well as the pretty, with great appetite.

That is not something that could be said of Preson, whose goalkeeper acted more like a frustrated out-field player than a reliable custodian. His complains at the final whistle, directed at referee Chris Foy, were about a corner award, which resulted in United`s goal. He really could have nothing to argue about, since he had clearly carried the ball over the line.

It left the home team to profit, thus proving to Preston that making substitutions just before the delivery of a set-piece, is not always the wisest thing to do.

Rival manager Simpson had brought on Simon Whaley, replacing Lewis Neal, which left him struggling to pick up his marker in time for the goal, and that gave Richards just enough space to squeeze in his header, after he himself had only been on the field for a few minutes.

In a week where manager Geraint Williams ambitiously called for Col U to record a tally of six points from two matches, against two promotion-hopefuls, first at home to Preston - and then Birmingham on Saturday - the Ian Dury song about 'reasons to be cheerful` comes to mind.

Colchester United, a win away from that safe-house of 50 points with so much football still to play - have plenty of them.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Matt_Us
Date:Thursday February 1 2007
Time: 11:47AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Well done, good result. keep it going!!
ROversNaith
05/02/2007 22:07:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Colchester United Articles

Colchester - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Who Will Colchester Face In 2016/17 (22/5/16)

With no matches remaining in the regular 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Wholescale League Changes For Colchester?

The Football League have confirmed that Colchester United have received a 'discussion document' that details proposed major changes to the make up of the game in this country.

A New Season - New Rules For Colchester

With the curtain almost drawn on the 2015/16 campaign, with a handful of Play Off games to go and most looking towards the European Championships in France...

Archived Vital Colchester Articles

Vital Colchester articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Colchester
Write For Vital Colchester
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Colchester v Rochdale
Suggested By:
Colchester win0%
Rochdale win100%
Draw0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Wigan 46 24 15 7 87 37
P Burton 46 25 10 11 85 20
3 Walsall 46 24 12 10 84 22
4 Millwall 46 24 9 13 81 24
5 Bradford 46 23 11 12 80 15
6 Barnsley 46 22 8 16 74 16
7 Scunthorpe 46 21 11 14 74 13
8 Coventry 46 19 12 15 69 18
9 Gillingham 46 19 12 15 69 15
10 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 7
11 Sheff Utd 46 18 12 16 66 5
12 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 65 -2
13 Peterborough 46 19 6 21 63 9
14 Bury 46 16 12 18 60 -17
15 Southend 46 16 11 19 59 -6
16 Swindon 46 16 11 19 59 -7
17 Oldham 46 12 18 16 54 -14
18 Chesterfield 46 15 8 23 53 -12
19 Fleetwood 46 12 15 19 51 -4
20 Shrewsbury 46 13 11 22 50 -21
R Doncaster 46 11 13 22 46 -16
R Blackpool 46 12 10 24 46 -23
R Colchester 46 9 13 24 40 -42
R Crewe 46 7 13 26 34 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)