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Colchester United 1-1 Doncaster Rovers

Title-chasing Doncaster came from behind to secure a draw at play-off chasing Colchester in League Two.

Doncaster, who won promotion last weekend, fell behind in the 16th minute when Ben Dickenson sent a superb left-footed strike into the top corner after Richard Brindley had flicked on Drey Wright's low cross.

The hosts came agonisingly close to doubling their lead four minutes later when skipper Chris Porter's delightful strike rattled a post.

John Marquis' effort was cleared off the line by Tom Eastman before the visitors equalised on the stroke of half-time when Mathieu Baudry planted home a header from Gary McSheffrey's corner.

McSheffrey struck the outside of a post with a free-kick early in the second half, while Wright's shot flashed just wide at the other end.

U's goalkeeper Sam Walker denied Matty Blair before Rovers substitute Alfie May squandered a gilt-edged chance after racing onto Marquis' defence-splitting pass.

Sean Murray's deflected strike flew wide late on as the spoils were shared.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Walker
  • 18EastmanBooked at 71mins
  • 35JamesBooked at 48mins
  • 15ElokobiSubstituted forBriggsat 87'minutes
  • 2Brindley
  • 4LapslieSubstituted forLoftat 88'minutes
  • 23Murray
  • 11Dickenson
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 9Porter
  • 7WrightSubstituted forPykeat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Briggs
  • 8Loft
  • 14Wynter
  • 27Pyke
  • 29Brill
  • 32O'Sullivan
  • 33Kinsella

Doncaster

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 13Marosi
  • 5BaudrySubstituted forTaylor-Sinclairat 45'minutes
  • 6Butler
  • 2Alcock
  • 17BlairBooked at 42mins
  • 4McCullough
  • 25Grant
  • 24MasonBooked at 31mins
  • 10Rowe
  • 7McSheffreySubstituted forMayat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 14Middleton
  • 15Wright
  • 20Taylor-Sinclair
  • 22Longbottom
  • 23Beestin
  • 33Jones
  • 39May
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
4,720

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

    Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rekeil Pyke (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Niall Mason.

  12. Post update

    Doug Loft (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Doug Loft replaces Tom Lapslie.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Matthew Briggs replaces George Elokobi.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sean Murray (Colchester United).

  20. Post update

    John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster422510782473585
2Plymouth422471162431979
3Portsmouth422291167373075
4Luton421716960392167
5Exeter421981567501765
6Stevenage42205176557865
7Carlisle421615116061-163
8Blackpool4215161162441861
9Colchester421710156155661
10Mansfield421613135046461
11Cambridge42179165447760
12Accrington421514135451359
13Wycombe421611155251159
14Grimsby421610165255-358
15Notts County42158195069-1953
16Barnet421215155157-651
17Morecambe42148204965-1650
18Crewe421213175061-1149
19Crawley421310194863-1549
20Yeovil421016164357-1446
21Cheltenham421014184559-1444
22Hartlepool421013195169-1843
23Newport421012204664-1842
24Leyton Orient4296274377-3433
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