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Hartlepool United 1-1 Colchester United

Hartlepool and Colchester started the League Two season with a spirited draw.

Tom Eastman enjoyed a dream start to the season as he put Colchester ahead inside five minutes, but skipper Billy Paynter earned Pools a share of the spoils from the penalty spot.

The game began in frenetic fashion, with Colchester capitalising on some disjointed defending to take a fourth-minute lead.

After Sammie Szmodics' effort deflected just wide, Pools made a mess of clearing the resulting corner and Eastman was left unmarked to curl home from eight yards.

Hartlepool responded impressively, though, and levelled through Paynter's 28th-minute spot-kick after Craig Slater brought down Nathan Thomas.

Craig Hignett's men then took control of the game and almost went ahead when debutant Padraig Amond blazed Thomas' cross over.

Colchester spurned a golden opportunity of their own in the second period as Kurtis Guthrie struck wide with the goal at his mercy following a fine counter-attack.

Dion Sembie-Ferris forced a good stop from Trevor Carson as both sides settled for a point.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 2Magnay
  • 22Nsiala
  • 5Jones
  • 3CarrollBooked at 34mins
  • 4FeatherstoneSubstituted forWoodsat 73'minutes
  • 18Hawkins
  • 15Alessandra
  • 9AmondSubstituted forDeverdicsat 78'minutes
  • 7Thomas
  • 10PaynterSubstituted forLaurentat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bates
  • 11Oates
  • 13Bartlett
  • 14Woods
  • 17Deverdics
  • 19Richards
  • 28Laurent

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2Brindley
  • 5Prosser
  • 18Eastman
  • 33Kinsella
  • 7WrightSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 70'minutes
  • 24Slater
  • 4Lapslie
  • 28Guthrie
  • 9PorterSubstituted forJohnstoneat 62'minutes
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forBonneat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Kent
  • 8Loft
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 17Johnstone
  • 19Bonne
  • 21Sembie-Ferris
  • 29Bransgrove
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
4,055

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Colchester United 1.

Foul by Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United).

Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Dion Sembie-Ferris (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Laurent replaces Billy Paynter.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United).

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United).

Dion Sembie-Ferris (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Michael Woods (Hartlepool United).

Dion Sembie-Ferris (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nicky Deverdics replaces Padraig Amond.

Attempt missed. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Foul by Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United).

Luke Prosser (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Michael Woods replaces Nicky Featherstone.

Delay in match Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Drey Wright.

Attempt missed. Rob Jones (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

Attempt saved. Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Denny Johnstone (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Richard Brindley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Denny Johnstone replaces Chris Porter.

Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).

Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United).

Attempt blocked. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11003033
2Blackpool11002023
3Grimsby11002023
4Yeovil11002023
5Accrington11003213
6Mansfield11003213
7Crewe11002113
8Crawley11001013
9Barnet10101101
10Cambridge10101101
11Carlisle10101101
12Cheltenham10101101
13Colchester10101101
14Hartlepool10101101
15Leyton Orient10101101
16Portsmouth10101101
17Doncaster100123-10
18Newport100123-10
19Stevenage100112-10
20Wycombe100101-10
21Exeter100102-20
22Morecambe100102-20
23Notts County100102-20
24Plymouth100103-30
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