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Colchester United 1-1 Port Vale

A Marcus Harness header earned Port Vale a deserved draw at Colchester to continue their improved form under manager Neil Aspin.

Vale almost scored in the opening minute when home goalkeeper Sam Walker denied Dave Worrall, but Sammie Szmodics hooked a first-time effort just wide and then curled a shot narrowly wide soon after at the other end.

Colchester took the lead just after the half-hour mark through leading scorer Szmodics, who latched onto Tom Lapslie's fine pass and broke the offside trap before poking a shot past keeper Ryan Boot.

But Vale started the second half well and Walker pushed away Antony Kay's 30-yard strike, and Lapslie nodded Nathan Smith's header off the line.

Kay's excellent header clattered the crossbar before the visitors finally levelled with 15 minutes remaining through Harness, who nodded in substitute Tyler Denton's cross from close range.

Szmodics nearly restored Colchester's lead immediately afterwards when his shot clipped the crossbar but it finished all square.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2Jackson
  • 18Eastman
  • 6Kent
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 4Lapslie
  • 14ComleyBooked at 86mins
  • 7WrightSubstituted forMurrayat 76'minutes
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forHanlanat 89'minutes
  • 17ReidSubstituted forJamesat 67'minutes
  • 19Mandron

Substitutes

  • 16Murray
  • 21Hanlan
  • 24Slater
  • 27Odelusi
  • 28Guthrie
  • 29Gilmartin
  • 35James

Port Vale

  • 23Boot
  • 5DavisBooked at 39mins
  • 24Smith
  • 33Gunning
  • 8Pugh
  • 6Kay
  • 10Worrall
  • 31WhitfieldSubstituted forDentonat 75'minutes
  • 7Myers-Harness
  • 11MontañoSubstituted forBarnettat 45'minutes
  • 9Pope

Substitutes

  • 1Lainton
  • 3Denton
  • 14Barnett
  • 15Forrester
  • 19Turner
  • 20Kelly
  • 32Tonge
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
3,485

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home3
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 1, Port Vale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Port Vale 1.

Cameron James (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brandon Hanlan replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Attempt blocked. Tyrone Barnett (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Brandon Comley (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Antony Kay (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sean Murray replaces Drey Wright.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Port Vale 1. Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tyler Denton.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Tyler Denton replaces Ben Whitfield.

Attempt blocked. David Worrall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Cameron James replaces Kyel Reid.

Attempt missed. Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pope (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gavin Gunning (Port Vale) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Foul by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).

David Worrall (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by David Worrall (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Brandon Comley (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Nathan Smith (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Attempt saved. Antony Kay (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Colchester United 1, Port Vale 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Tyrone Barnett replaces Cristian Montaño.

Half Time

First Half ends, Colchester United 1, Port Vale 0.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Foul by Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United).

Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

Booking

Joe Davis (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton23146353193448
2Notts County23128339241544
3Exeter2312383229339
4Coventry2311572617938
5Wycombe2310764132937
6Lincoln City2310762819937
7Accrington2211473427737
8Colchester2310673327636
9Mansfield239953226636
10Swindon2211293528735
11Newport239863226635
12Grimsby239682528-333
13Carlisle238783332131
14Cheltenham238693131030
15Stevenage238693234-230
16Cambridge238692130-930
17Crawley2376102228-627
18Port Vale2374122433-925
19Yeovil2366113041-1124
20Crewe2372142438-1423
21Morecambe2357111929-1022
22Barnet2355132434-1020
23Chesterfield2355132644-1820
24Forest Green2355132343-2020
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