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Swindon Town 0-0 Colchester United | Match Report

Honours even at the County Ground

25 September 2021

Colchester United extended their away unbeaten run to five games with a goalless draw on the road at Swindon Town, in a tight Sky Bet League Two encounter.

Without Hayden Mullins on the sidelines, Alex Dyer was in charge as the U's took on the Robins in their latest league match. 

The U's had bright spells in both halves, although it was the home side that would feel as though they should have come away from the game with three points after Shamal George thwarted efforts from Tyreece Simpson and Alex Gilbert. 

The U's lined up with two changes from last weekend's home defeat to Crawley Town. Luke Hannant and Luke Chambers were recalled to the squad with the latter serving his suspension from the victory at Barrow. 

The two players who were named on the bench in their place were Sylvester Jasper and Tom Eastman. 

Colchester United made a bright start in the game with Frank Nouble testing the home 'keeper early on. Jojo Wollacott was equal to Frank's low drive at the near post, clasping the ball at the second attempt with less than five minutes on the clock. 

The game settled into a rhythym relatively quickly after some frantic opening exchanges, with Swindon getting their first effort on target just before the twentieth minute. Iandolo was the man to take the shot, when the ball was laid back to him on the edge of the area. He sent a curling effort towards the top corner, with George able to palm the ball away. 

Jack Payne was next to get Shamal George into action, with his low drive needing to be blocked. George was commanding his penalty area well and was out quickly to close down the angle for Payne before getting the block in. 

The U's were creating their own chances at the other end though, with Coxe almost putting the ball on a plate for Freddie Sears. His swerving cross arrived at Sears almost by surprise with the U's front man unable to make that all-important contact as the ball flashed by. 

But Colchester United were under the cosh for much of the last fifteen minutes in the first half. Shamal George was called into action twice, with Gilbert and Iandolo both aiming shots at the near post with the U's 'keeper able to get a strong hand to the efforts. 

Alan Judge caused some panic in the home penalty area when his curling effort was spilled by Wollacott. Frank Nouble was looking to pounce on the rebound, with the Swindon 'keeper producing a fine save, although Frank was in an offside position so it wouldn't have counted anyway. 

The two teams headed to the dressing rooms with it all to play for in the second half, and the score goalless at the County Ground. 

Alex Dyer's side thought they had taken the lead early in the second half when Freddie Sears slotted the ball under Wollacott and into the back of the net. He controlled the ball before converting, but the referee deemed he had used his arm to get the ball under his spell and the goal was chalked off. 

But Swindon came back at the U's and dominated much of the second half, although Shamal George wasn't called into action all that often. 

Kaine Kesler-Hayden proved to be a danger on the right wing for the home side, delivering crosses into George's area, with the towering figure of Tyreece Simpson always looking for the ball. 

Simpson got his head to one of the winger's crosses with fifteen minutes to go, in a great chance for the home side but was unable to keep the ball down, as Shamal calmly watched the header over his bar. 

Late on in the game, Colchester United had a couple of half chances that fell to Tommy Smith and Charlie Daniels although neither was able to make their efforts count. 

The U's Captain struck a thunderous effort that whistled just over Wollacott's crossbar from just outside the area before Daniels crashed in a shot that would have stung the palms of the home goalkeeper. 

In the end though, it was a point gained for the U's who extend their unbeaten away record to five league games in the process. 

The point means that the U's remain in sixteenth position, adding to their points tally now standing at ten from eight games. 

Next up for the U's is the second game in the Papa John's Trophy Group stage, when West Ham United U21 visit the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday evening, with Colchester United still looking for their first home win of the season. 

Swindon Town starting XI: Wollacott, Odimayo, Iandolo, Conroy, Crichlow, Gladwin, Simpson, Payne, Gilbert (Mitchell-Lawson 83'), Kesler-Hayden, Reed. 

Unused subs: Baudry, Ward, Hunt, East, Parsons, Dabre. 

Colchester United starting XI: George, Chambers, Smith, Wiredu (Chilvers 89'), Hannant (Jasper 66'), Skuse, Nouble, Judge, Sears (Dobra 86'), Daniels, Coxe. 

Unused subs: Turner, Clampin, Eastman, Tovide. 

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