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BANTAMS HELD BY COLCHESTER

13 January 2024

Match Reports

BANTAMS HELD BY COLCHESTER

13 January 2024

City were held to a 1-1 draw by Colchester United at the JobServe Community Stadium this afternoon. 

Having opened the scoring with Andy Cook's 13th goal of the season in the first half, the Bantams were pegged back just before the hour mark and had to settle for a share of the spoils. 

Neither team managed to get a hold of the game in the opening 30 minutes, and the first real chance came for the Bantams.

Harry Chapman fizzed a cross from the right flank into the middle, where Cook was on hand to meet it, but he saw his effort bounce just wide as City looked for an opening goal.

The Bantams continued to up the pressure in their pursuit of a opener, with another two openings for City's No.9.

First, he saw an effort from a Liam Ridehalgh corner blocked off the line, then another good delivery from Richie Smallwood resulted in his headed effort falling wide.

Cook was not to be kept out for much longer, however, as he netted the visitors' opener minutes later. 

Ash Taylor's diagonal ball was brought down by Cook, and Bobby Pointon's tenacity saw him hassle the defender enough to tee Cook back up. He made no mistake in hammering in off post to give City the lead. 

Alexander's side came out in the second half looking to double their lead, and came close through Chapman.

City’s No.20 started the attack with a lovely backheel flick to Ridehalgh, and the ball made its way over the right-hand side, where Cook whipped a ball in.

Chapman’s volley was into the ground, looping over the goalkeeper and onto the top of the net as City searched for a second.

The Bantams failed to make their dominance pay, however, allowing the hosts to grab an equaliser just before the hour mark, through Hopper.

A long ball forward was brought down well by the Colchester frontman, who finished into the far corner to pull the U's level. 

City looked to regain their lead, causing problems for the hosts as penalty shouts for handball were waved away, before Ridehalgh's drilled effort was blocked. 

It was the hosts who came close again thanks to a spectacular effort from Arthur Read, whose 25-yard left-footed curling effort was goalbound, if not for Sam Walker tipping over the bar.

City went straight up the other end and had a similar long-range strike, this time through skipper Richie Smallwood.

His right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area hit the top of the netting as the score remained level.

That was the last chance the Bantams were able to forge, as they left the JobServe Community Stadium with a point. 

CITY: Sam Walker, Brad Halliday, Liam Ridehalgh, Ash Taylor, Richie Smallwood (C), Andy Cook, Alex Gilliead, Sam Stubbs, Harry Chapman (Clarke Oduor 67’), Bobby Pointon (Vadaine Oliver 67’), Jonathan Tomkinson. Unused Subs: Colin Doyle, Matty Platt, Tyler Smith, Ciarán Kelly, Kevin McDonald.

GOALS: Cook (35’). 

COLCHESTER: Owen Goodman, Connor Hall, Tom Dallison, Matt Jay (Conor Wilkinson 55’), Noah Chilvers, Cameron McGeehan, Tom Hopper (John Akinde 84’), Zack Mitchell, Arthur Read, Jayden Richardson, Jayden Fevrier (Owura Edwards 76’). Unused subs: Sam Hornby, Will Greenidge, Marley Marshall Miranda, Brad Ihiovien.

GOALS: Hopper (59’). 

ATTENDANCE: 4,625 (459 City supporters). 


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