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Cambridge United v Colchester United, nostalgia: Kevin Rapley nets a late winner, 15 years ago

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 02 September 2017

How the EADT reported on the U's win at Cambridge United in 2002.

How the EADT reported on the U's win at Cambridge United in 2002.


Colchester United writer Carl Marston recalls a rare successful foray to Cambridge United.

The Abbey Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for Colchester sides, over the last 30 years.

In fact, Colchester have tasted a league victory just once at Cambridge since a 1-0 success on October 24, 1987 – and that was a 2-1 win on February 9, 2002.

The U’s recovered from the blow of conceding a goal after just 18 seconds that day, when Tom Youngs drilled the hosts into an early lead.

Steve Whitton’s men dominated after that, but they left it late to earn all three points against relegation-haunted Cambridge, even though the home side had been reduced to 10 men by Luke Guttridge’s dismissal on the stroke of half-time.

Adrian Coote had an up-and-down afternoon. The ex-Norwich City striker missed three sitters, but did make amends by notching the equaliser on 68 minutes.

And striker Kevin Rapley, on as a substitute, then obliged with an 85th minute winner, by glancing home loanee Graham Barrett’s cross.

“Adrian Coote was relieved to finally get the equaliser. He was very depressed at half-time, having missed all those chances,” revealed U’s boss Whitton.

“He could have had four or five goals, but this goal will have done him the power of good.

“We’ve now got 43 points. Our next target is the safety mark of about 50 points, and then we want to improve on last year.”

COLCHESTER: Brown, Keith, Halls, Fitzgerald, Duguid, Bowry (sub Morgan, 65), Stockwell, G Johnson, Barrett, Coote, McGleish (sub Rapley, 65).

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

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