Yeates ensures point by the seaside

Blackpool 2 Colchester United 2TWO fantastic free-kicks from Mark Yeates earned draw specialists Colchester United another good point at Blackpool this afternoon.

By Carl Marston

Blackpool 2 Colchester United 2

TWO fantastic free-kicks from Mark Yeates earned draw specialists Colchester United another good point at Blackpool this afternoon.

Twice the Seasiders took the lead, but twice they were pegged by spectacular 25-yard free-kicks from Yeates, who has now bagged five goals for the season, and four over the last week.


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Andy Morrell stabbed Blackpool ahead from close range in the 54th minute, after the U's had failed to clear a corner. Their lead lasted nine minutes, until Yeates saw his powerfully-struck free-kick ricochet into the net off the far post.

Right-back Shaun Barker appeared to have won the game for the hosts on 84 minutes. He headed home David Fox's corner, but the orange-clad home fans did not have long to celebrate.

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Another free-kick was conceded from distance, and again Yeates stunned the Bloomfield Road crowd with a marvellous strike, giving keeper Paul Rachubka no chance as it fizzed in at the near post.

It was another battling team display from the U's, but in truth they had Yeates to thank for rescuing a point.

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