Huddersfield Town 2 - 2 Colchester United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Neil Armstead on 16/04/2005
A 93rd minute equaliser from Colchester United's Liam Chilvers put Town's faint playoff hopes to rest this afternoon. Colchester had gone ahead through Neil Danns and dominated at some points in the game, but Town will be bitterly disappointed after equalising through Abbott almost immediately and then taking the lead in the second half. On a more positive note, Town's unbeaten run was increased to 6 games, and everyone will be hoping that recent form can carry through to next season.Huddersfield Town 2 - 2 Colchester United

Only one change was made to the Town side which beat Doncaster last Saturday, with transfer listed midfielder Lee Fowler in the starting 11 in place of the injured Jon Worthington, and Irish U-19 international Micheal Collins coming onto the bench.

Town started the game positevly. David Mirfin collected the ball on the right wing and lofted it over the heads of the United defence for Andy Booth to latch onto. Booth attempted a lob which unfortunately went just over. The next chance fell the way of the visitors after 7 minutes, but Danny Adams was on hand to deny Neil Danns with a goalsaving blocking tackle inside the area.

The game settled into a lacklustre midfield scrap with neither team managing to gain any real momentum. Unfortunately for the Terriers, Colchester were to get the first goal after 19 minutes of play through Danns. Rachubka had flapped at a cross into the area and his parry fell very kindly to the feet of the midfielder, who hit a half volley from close range with the aid of a deflection from Adnan Ahmed.

The lead lasted barely a minute. Good work from Abbott on the ball saw him brought down 25 yards out by Kevin Watson. Whilst the Colchester defence were busy arranging their wall, Abbott stepped up and placed a quick free-kick into the opposite corner of the goal, giving the stranded goalkeeper no chance.

Colchester began to mount some pressure, and after 29 minutes forced a good chance for Keith to convert, but the striker's shot lacked power and accuracy and was placed harmlessly into the hands of Rachubka. Soon after, shots from Kevin Watson and Marino Keith came close, but never troubled Rachubka.

Half Time: Huddersfield Town 1 - 1 Colchester United

The second half began in the same way as the first, with neither team finding any real foothold. However, with the first real chance of the half Town took the lead. Pawel Abbott advanced down the right hand flank and curled in a superb cross towards Town favourite Andy Booth, who, with the deftest of touches, flicked the ball into the path of Schofield who lashed in a volley from close range at the back post.

Soon after Huddersfield were delt a blow in the defence, when Tom Clarke pulled out with an injury and was replaced by Andy Holdsworth. Clarke left the field to a standing ovation from three sides of the stadium after putting in a great performance. The visitors made some attacking substitutions, introducing Goodfellow and Jarvis onto the field with the intention of piling pressure onto the so far impressive Town defence.

Abbott was the next to test Davison, with a low shot for 20 yards, which never really looked like troubling the keeper. It wasn't the best of days for the Clarke family, when Toms older brother Nathan was removed from the field after clashing on halfway with a Colchester player, recieving a head injury in the process. Mendes replaced Clarke, meaning that striker Andy Booth was reverted to the centre back position for the remaining 5 minutes.

Tense times in the defence soon followed, when a long throw was headed towards goal and Williams stole in front of Rachubka only to see his headed effort at goal fly just over the crossbar. Unfortunately, Town did not heed the warning, and after 4 of the 5 minutes of injury time Rachubka flapped at a corner leaving the ball to ricochet off Chilvers into the ungaurded net. Town went in search of a dramtatic late winner but to no avail, even though at one point it appeared that 3 Town players were charging in on a goal defended only by the goalkeeper, but the ball was scrambled away by a a backtracking defender.

Full Time: Town 2 - 2 Colchester United

Very disappointing, Town never really found the form that helped them towards the 5 straight wins previous, and were often frustrated by a tough and ordered Colchester defence. We missed the battling qualities of Worthington in midfield, and Lee Fowler never really got into the game. Our star performers were the Clarke brothers, both being removed due to injuries.

Huddersfield Town
P Rachubka, D Mirfin, N Clarke (87 J Mendes) , T Clarke (69 A Holdsworth) , D Adams, C Brandon, L Fowler (75 M Collins) , A Ahmed, D Schofield, A Booth, P Abbott
Subs: P Senior, M Collins, J McAliskey, J Mendes, A Holdsworth

Colchester United
A Davison, S Stockley (84 G Williams) , G Halford, L Chilvers, J White (73 M Goodfellow) , G Johnson, P Baldwin, K Watson, M Keith, R Garcia (73 R Jarvis) , N Danns
Subs: G Williams, D Gerken, G Elokobi, M Goodfellow, R Jarvis

Ref: K Woolmer
Att: 10831

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