March 16, 2013
10-man U's rattle Shakers
Bury remain rooted to the bottom of League Two after 10-man Colchester came from behind to win 2-1 at Gigg Lane.
The U's had midfielder George Porter sent off after four minutes and Craig Fagan gave Bury a 26th-minute lead.
Yet fellow strugglers Colchester stunned the hosts with two goals in as many minutes from Josh Thompson and Clinton Morrison. And although Bury laid siege on the visitors' goal in the second half, they could not avoid a third straight defeat.
It had started so well for the Shakers, with Porter shown a red card after clashing with Mark Carrington.
Fagan then fired over after being put clean through but the striker made amends shortly after, firing in from Steve Schumacher's left-wing cross.
The visitors levelled after half an hour when centre-back Josh Thompson headed home from Billy Clifford's corner, and moments later Morrison curled in from inside the Bury box.
Andy Bishop's flick was saved by Sam Walker as the hosts pushed for an equaliser and, moments after the break, Schumacher volleyed wide from close range.
Nicky Ajose's goalbound strike was then blocked by team-mate Bishop before Dave Worrall volleyed over from Ajose's cross.
Schumacher's fierce free-kick tested Walker although Bury keeper Trevor Carson had to deny Michael Smith on the break.
Bishop then headed Craig Jones' corner against the crossbar while Walker blocked a header from team-mate David Wright before turning Ajose's follow-up onto the bar. And Walker produced another fine save to deny substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris and secure Colchester's first win in four.
|1 Trevor Carson||44 Sam Walker|
|19 Carl Regan||2 David Wright|
|8 Steven Schumacher||4 Magnus Okuonghae|
|3 Joe Skarz||40 Josh Thompson|
|6 Ashley Eastham||41 Billy Clifford|
|34 Ethan Ebanks-Landell||3 Bradley Garmston|
|9 Craig Jones||14 Andrew Bond|
|13 Mark Carrington||39 George Porter|
|7 David Worrall||9 Clinton Morrison|
|10 Andy Bishop||21 Gavin Massey|
|31 Craig Fagan||22 Michael Smith|
|30 Cameron Belford||Shaun Phillips 29|
|36 Valery Mezague||Kemal Izzet 10|
|32 Zac Thompson||Karl Duguid 7|
|25 David Healy||Marcus Bean 15|
|26 Jonson Clarke-Harris||Tosin Olufemi 27|
|15 Nicholas Ajose||Drey Wright 30|
|Freddie Ladapo 19|
|Nicholas Ajose for Carl Regan (46)||Tosin Olufemi for Clinton Morrison (70)|
|Jonson Clarke-Harris for Craig Fagan (72)||Marcus Bean for Billy Clifford (76)|
|David Healy for Craig Jones (86)||Freddie Ladapo for Michael Smith (90)|
|Ethan Ebanks-Landell (63)||Marcus Bean (90)|
|George Porter (4)|
|· Squads: Bury | Colchester United|