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
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).