Huddersfield Town 2 v 1 Colchester United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Phill Rodgerson on 22/01/2002
Young wingman Danny Schofield blasted home two early first half girls to give Town a great start to their new era under David Taylor and his consortium, whom it was announced that day, would be the new owner of Huddersfield Town. It was a lively start by Town as well, who looked like they actually wanted to play football for once, unlike recent performances at the McAlpine, where they hadn't won a game since Boxing Day of last year.Huddersfield Town 2 v 1 Colchester United

Just like on Saturday where Town took an early lead away at Bournemouth they yet again pushed the Colchester defence back early to gain the lead. Danny Schofield started the move by robbing midfielder Micky Stockwell of the ball on the half way line, leaving it to drop for Knight who spotted Schofield's run and placed the ball ahead of Danny to meet. He then brought the ball down well, turning inside the defender to smash a great low volley past the Colchester goalkeeper Brown.

Town seemed to sit back a little but were soon warned that if they did then there would be a price to pay when Micky Stockwell, making up for his earlier mistake, was allowed through on goal by some lax defending. Fortunately for Town the angle was too great a challenge for Micky who could only smash the ball high into his own fans stand.

Town continued the pressure on Colchester by closing down well and making some tidy movements down the wings only to see them met by the wrong coloured shirts. A good move down the left between Holland and Schofield did bring about a goal on the 25th minute though. Holland sent Schofield racing to the edge of the area where he ferociously struck the ball making the keeper stretch to tip it wide (although it was already going wide). The resulting corner, taken by Kenny Irons, was lobbed to the head of Booth who flicked it to the back post for Knight. Knight then knocked the ball to his feet to hit it back into the area where it was met by the onrushing Danny Schofield who had his initial shot blocked but with quick reactions was able to stab the rebound home to give Town a comfortable two goal lead.

A great move just before the break almost sent Colchester 3-0 down. A great flowing move on the right between Chris Hay and Chris Holland ended up with the ball dropping nicely at the feet of Kenny Irons just outside the box. Knowing how he hits the ball you would've expected much better, but all he could muster was a Wijnhard-style Panasonic-bound shot.

Town decided they would sit back and allow Colchester to do all the work in the second half. Scott McGleish and sub Dean Morgan both came close to goal early on but Town keeper Martyn Margetson matched them both.

On the 70th minute, almost out of nowhere Adrian Coote managed to rap his foot around the ball sending a blistering strike straight down the middle at Margetson. The surprised Margetson could only block the shot but the sturdy defence of Gray and Clarke were able to dispose of the ball before more trouble was caused at the back.

Colchester were rewarded for their second-half efforts when a goal came on the 83rd minute. Joe Keith's corner to the back post was met by the head of Alan White who rose above Wijnhard to set himself up. He then managed to get his toe to the ball to lob it over everyone's heads and to see it resting in Margetson's goal.

The pressure was on for Town, as they knew they couldn't let a two-goal lead slip in the last seconds of the game. Even with this pressure they still almost created a goal when a high ball was knocked down to Knight by Wijnhard but Kinght couldn't get his volley on target as he saw it hit the side-netting.

Colchester almost nicked an equaliser in the dying seconds of the game but Thomas Pinaults drive was easily picked up by Martyn Margetson to keep all 3 points for Town.

Overall it was a good hard-working performance from Town in the first half, showing us what they really can do to these poor Division 2 sides if they so wish but it was disappointing to see such a lack of effort throughout the second half which almost lost us a couple of points. Having said that, another three points down at the Mac this Saturday against QPR will easily put us back in the hunt for a play-off spot.

MOM: Danny Schofield - simply because he scored the two goals that gave us all three points. No-one was particularly special and had he not scored I'd have probably awarded it to David Taylor for actually covering the most of the pitch (at half time).

LINE-UPS:

Huddersfield Town - Martyn Margetson, Steve Jenkins, Gareth Evans, Kevin Gray, Nathan Clarke, Chris Holland, Chris Hay (Craig Armstrong, 84), Kennny Irons, Leon Knight, Andy Booth (Clyde Wijnhard, 79), Danny Schofield
Subs not used: Phil Senior, Adi Moses, Paul Macari

Colchester United - Brown, Duguid, White, Fitzgerald, Halls, Keith, Pinault, Stockwell (Morgan, 61), Izzet, McGleish (Coote, 73), Barrett
Subs not used: Williamson, Johnson, Rapley

Referee: Mr. M. Cooper

Half-time: 2-0

Attendance: 7,179 (149 Away Fans)

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