Writer: StevieG Col U
Date:Sunday September 13 2009
Steven Green @ The County Ground
12/09/2009 - 15:00
A POINT against Swindon Town kept Colchester United in early League One promotion contention.
The result sees new-boss Aidy Boothroyd hold, a winless, but unbeaten record, in his two games in charge so far.
A poor second-half followed Tope Obadeyi`s equaliser from Ashley Vincent`s twenty-first minute opening strike.
U`s man Boothroyd made two changes from last week's draw at Southampton, both being forced upon, as Matt Heath and Simon Hackney came in for the injured Pat Baldwin and suspended Kem Izzet.
The visitors started the brighter of the two sides at the County Ground, as Clive Platt headed Vincent`s teasing cross narrowly wide of the upright, inside the first two minutes.
The U`s midfield and attack were linking up well in the opening exchanges, this time Hackney was neatly fed through but failed to get his shot away under pressure from Town defenders.
Good build up play from Platt and Lisbie helped give the U`s the lead the deserved, as Vincent raced on to neat headers from the duo to loop the ball over 'keeper Phil Smith. However, bad news followed, with the impressive Vincent being forced off by an injury picked up during the scoring of the goal.
Forward Jamie Guy took up an unorthodox position on the right-hand side, after coming off the bench for his first appearance of the campaign.
The Robins had a chance to draw level moments later, as midfielder Jon-Paul McGovern saw his powerful effort expertly saved from a point-blank Ben Williams save.
U`s substitute Guy nipped in behind the home backline shortly before the break but his shot was smothered well by Smith.
However, from the resulting corner kick, the U`s were caught on the break, as full-back John White may have positioned himself better to stop Obadeyi from powering home to make the game level.
The on-loan John-Joe O`Toole came close to an immediate response for the U`s, but his long-range shot was tipped over by the Swindon stopper.
HALF-TIME: Swindon 1-1 Colchester
The first second-half chance fell to Town striker Alex Revell - on loan from Southend - as his 30-yard pile-driver smashed against the U`s crossbar and into the gaping hands of Williams.
Down the other end, in front of the U`s followers, Anthony Wordsworth fed a crafty through ball into the path of Lisbie and his shot was saved well down-low.
The home side were starting to attack with more eagerness during the second-period, with Revell, once again, being denied by good defending from the U`s back-line.
Tricky winger Hackney had the U`s, and the game`s final clear-cut chance, after Platt had fed the ball through to O`Toole. When bearing down on goal, Hackney nicked the ball off the feet of the Irishman, but could only volley over the bar when he could have, and perhaps should have, done better.
So in a game the U`s feel they could have left with three-points, a point was probably a fair result overall.
U's: Williams, White, Okuonghae, Heath, Tierney, Vincent ((Guy) Fox,) O'Toole, Wordsworth, Hackney, Platt, Lisbie (Vernon.)
Subs Not Used: Cousins, Lockwood, Ifil, Gillespie.
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