Colchester United 1-1 Doncaster Rovers; 250 word match report

Doncaster returned to Colchester for the first time since Good Friday last season when they fell to an emphatic 4-1 defeat.

This season Colchester United have made their stadium into something of a fortress, with the second best home record in the league. With Doncaster boasting one of the best away records in the division a tight game was expected.

The game started at a fast pace, with Colchester the dominant side pushing forward. The pressure on the Doncaster defence eventually told on 16 minutes as Brennan Dickenson bagged a goal for Colchester with a well hit left-footed strike into the top right corner of the goal, way beyond the reach of goalkeeper Marko Marosi.

Nearing half-time, John Marquis’ clever shot almost put the visitors level, only to be denied by Tom Eastman’s clearance off the line. But within minutes the game was all square as Mathieu Baudry’s headed home Gary McSheffrey’s corner to draw the visitors level.

Rovers came into the game in the second half creating good chances, only to be denied by goalkeeper Sam Walker and the Colchester defence. Colchester had fewer chances after the break, although Rekeil Pyke was brought down by Craig Alcock in the box in the latter stage of the half. The home fans felt he deserved a penalty for the challenge, but much to their frustration, referee David Webb waved away the U’s claims.

A draw is a fair reflection of the game and a good result for Colchester against tough opposition.

by James Dunford