Colchester United v Wycombe Wanderers, nostalgia: a four-goal thriller from 16 years ago
PUBLISHED: 12:14 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 23 September 2017
Colchester United writer CARL MARSTON recalls an exciting 2-2 draw against today's opponents Wycombe, in a midweek tussle from 16 years ago on October 23, 2001.
Both the U’s and Wycombe were top-half-of-the-table outfits when the duo clashed at Layer Road under the lights in the autumn of 2001.
And it turned out to be a cracking contest, with all four goals crammed into the first half of a 2-2 draw in front of a good crowd of 5,186.
Mick Stockwell rifled the U’s ahead with his first goal for two months, on 13 minutes, only for the Chairboys to equalise almost immediately when Steve Brown’s goal-bound shot was helped over the line by U’s defender Gavin Johnson.
The U’s regained their lead just before the half-hour mark, thanks to goal-poacher Kevin Rapley’s close-range effort.
However, Steve Whitton’s men suffered a setback, just before half-time, when Darren Currie’s rasping shot from 25 yards out made it 2-2 in the third minute of first-half stoppage time.
Both sides squandered countless chances to net a second-half winner, and in the end Wycombe boss Lawrie Sanchez was the happier of the two bosses.
Sanchez said: “Colchester had won six of their previous seven home league games, so I count this as a good result for us.”
Midfielder Kem Izzet was the man-of-the-match. The U’s were eighth in the third-tier table.
COLCHESTER: Woodman, Duguid, G Johnson, R Johnson, Clark, Stockwell (sub Keith, 63), Pinault, Izzett, Bowry, Rapley (sub Morgan, 80), McGleish. Unused subs: Brown, White, Blackwell.