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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

How the EADT reported on Colchester United's exciting 2-2 draw against Wycombe from 16 years ago

How the EADT reported on Colchester United's exciting 2-2 draw against Wycombe from 16 years ago


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.

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.

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