October 27, 2012
Hall-square between Shrews and Us
Substitute Asa Hall came to the rescue for Shrewsbury with a dramatic late brace as they battled back to win a valuable point from a 2-2 draw with Colchester.
The Essex side were closing in on a sixth victory in seven league games under new manager Joe Dunne thanks to goals from Arsenal loanees Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt.
But then Hall, who only came on in 77th minute, powered home two headers in quick succession. Both came from Jon Taylor corners with Hall's equaliser coming eight minutes from the end of an exciting game.
Colchester, playing with plenty of confidence, were rewarded for a bright start in the third minute when Eastmond scored his second goal for the club. Eastmond tried his luck with a low, 20-yard shot which beat goalkeeper Chris Weale and went in the net off the inside of the far post.
Diminutive right winger Taylor was a constant menace as Shrewsbury responded well, but Colchester seemed set for another win when substitute Watt raced clear from the halfway line to rocket a shot into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Shrewsbury were contemplating another damaging home defeat until Hall's intervention and they might even have won it late on had Taylor not blazed over from close range after fine work from Manchester City loanee Jeremy Helan.
|Shrewsbury Town||Colchester United|
|1 Chris Weale||1 Mark Cousins|
|5 Darren Jones||3 Michael Rose|
|3 Joe Jacobson||20 Brian Wilson|
|15 Lee Collins||4 Magnus Okuonghae|
|2 Jermaine Grandison||33 Craig Eastmond|
|11 John Taylor||18 Tom Eastman|
|17 Paul Parry||7 Karl Duguid|
|8 Matthew Richards||15 Marcus Bean|
|4 Luke Summerfield||12 Jabo Ibehre|
|26 Jeremy Helan||16 Ian Henderson|
|27 Jamie Proctor||21 Gavin Massey|
|13 Gavin Ward||Carl Pentney 35|
|23 Michael Hector||Bradley Hamilton 31|
|7 Mark Wright||John-Joe O'Toole 8|
|6 Robert Purdie||Alex Gilbey 28|
|14 Asa Hall||Clinton Morrison 9|
|20 Aaron Wildig||Fred Sears 11|
|24 Terry Gornell||Sanchez Watt 39|
|Robert Purdie for Joe Jacobson (70)||Sanchez Watt for Gavin Massey (58)|
|Asa Hall for Matthew Richards (78)||John-Joe O'Toole for Marcus Bean (73)|
|Fred Sears for Ian Henderson (84)|
|Lee Collins (90)||Brian Wilson (66)|
|Sanchez Watt (90)|
|· Rosters: Shrewsbury Town | Colchester United|