Darren Ambrose fires home brace to end Colchester United’s dreadful run

Darren Ambrose, who scored twice for the U's at Bradford tonight

Darren Ambrose, who scored twice for the U's at Bradford tonight - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Bradford City 1 Colchester United 2

A sweet brace from Darren Ambrose finally ended 133 days of hurt, as Colchester United celebrated a shock win at Bradford City tonight.

The U’s had set an unwanted club record of 19 league games without a win, following a goalless stalemate against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

But they put a stop to this terrible run, at the 20th time of asking, to chalk up their first league success since a 2-1 home win over Port Vale, way back on October 20, 2015.

In the process, they completed a first league double of the season, over Phil Parkinson’s Bantams, although they remain at the foot of League One.


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Wes Thomas drilled the Bantams ahead in the 17th minute, only for Ambrose to hook home from Chris Porter’s knock-down just six minutes later.

And Ambrose then latched onto Owen Garvan’s downward header to fire home the winner in the 57th minute.

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Squads

BRADFORD: Williams, Darby, McArdle, N Clarke (sub Proctor, 80), Meredeith, McMahon, Cullen (sub B Clarke, 60), Reid, Evans, Thomas (sub Marshall, 60), Hanson. Unused subs: Cracknell, Knott, Leigh, Routis.

COLCHESTER: Parish, Vincent-Young (sub Gilbey, 34), Chambers, Eastman, Shorey, Garvan, Edwards, Massey, Moncur (sub Harney, 89), Ambrose (sub Ambrose, 80), Porter. Unused subs: Barnes, Lee, Akinwande, Oduwa.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancs)

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