Colchester United 3 v 3 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Beaker (Moderator) on 22/12/2001
Clyde Wijnhard made his long awaited return to first team football as Town came from two goals down to draw 3-3 at Colchester United on Saturday.Colchester United 3 v 3 Huddersfield Town
The big Dutchman came on to a hero's welcome from the 300 or so travelling Town fans when replacing Simon Baldry in the 75th minute at Layer Road.
The Terriers,in fact,will feel they should have won the game despite some slack defending and poor goalkeeping which handed Colchester a two goal start.
Town welcomed back Gareth Evans to the defence which also featured Adie Moses alongside Kevin Gray in the middle and Steve Jenkins returning to his normal right-back slot.In midfield,Simon Baldry replaced the injured Chris Holland on the right wing. Andy Booth once again partnered Leon Knight upfront and it was clear from the off that Booth was going to be a real handful for the home defence,winning just about everything in the air as Town forced a succession of corners early on and he was unlucky not to score when his header was turned around a post by Colchester 'keeper Woodman.
So it was against the run of play that United took the lead in the ninth minute.Adie Moses was adjudged to have fouled Graham Barrett on the edge of the box and Karl Duguid smashed the resulting free-kick past the edge of the wall and into the net.
Town pressed for an equaliser but found themselves further behind on 23 minutes.Margetson dropped a cross under pressure and when he went to retrieve it the Town keeper left it for Kevin Gray to clear but Stockwell nipped in to poke the ball home.Slack defending from Town.
Leon Knight broke into the Colchester area shortly after but was too quick to go down instead of getting a shot in.
On 41 minutes however,Town pulled one back.Jenkins found Booth on the edge of the box who turned and smashed a shot into the roof of the net.Half time 2-1 to Colchester.
Town had been a bit too deep in the first half and hadn't used the width enough.And when they had got the ball out to Baldry his final ball had been disappointing.

Into the second half and Town stepped up a gear,again forcing several corners before eventually equalising on 59 minutes.Jenkins again the provider with a right-wing cross that was flicked on by Booth to Knight who got a touch before Schofield lashed in his eighth goal of the season from a tight angle.
Three minutes later and Town were in front.Good work from Knight found Baldry down the right and this time his cross was a good one on to the head of Booth who buried his header from close range to the delight of the freezing Town support.(And I mean freezing!)
Town looked like they had more goals in them and Knight was unlucky with a curling 20-yarder that Woodman saved well.
But Colchester battled back and grabbed the equaliser on 73 minutes,new signing Adrian Coote was left unmarked from a corner and his flick hit the bar before Scott McGleish rammed in the rebound.(Why can't we ever keep hold of a lead these days?)
Two minutes later,Lou Macari sensed that three points were still up for grabs and sent on Wijnhard for Baldry.He joined Booth upfront as Knight moved to the wing in a bid to nick a late winner.
But Town's hopes were dashed when Steve Jenkins was sent off for a late challenge on Bobby Bowry.Opinions were divided in the Town end but in my eyes a yellow card should have sufficed.Yes,it was very late but it was more clumsy than malicious and I thought Jenks was unlucky to go.He will now miss three matches and that is something we can do without at the moment.
Town re-shuffled and somehow Wijnhard ended up at right-back (don't ask)as Town hung on for a hard-fought point.
If Town are going to get in the play-offs we are going to have to stop gifting goals and learn how to kill teams off.Coming from two down away from home,it was disappointing to get only a point in the end.
We need to take full points from the two Christmas home games if we are to keep in touch with the top six.

Teams:
Colchester United:Woodman,Duguid,Fitzgerald (Johnson 85),Clark,White,Keith(Morgan 73),Pinault,Bowry,Stockwell,McGleish,Barrett(Coote 69).

Huddersfield Town:Margetson,Jenkins,Moses,Gray,Evans,
Baldry(Wijnhard 75)Irons,Mattis,Schofield,Knight,Booth.

Att:3,543.
Referee:Mr.L.Cable.(another poor one I'm afraid.Yes,I know I'm biased.)
Beaker's MOM:Andy Booth- Two goals and his best performance since Northampton.

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