Etherington under pressure after U’s slip again

Brian Jeeves

Colchester United v Crawley Town – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Report

Colchester United 1-2 Crawley Town

Pressure mounted upon Colchester United head coach, Matthew Etherington after the U’s crashed to their fourth successive Sky Bet League Two defeat, their fourteenth of what is rapidly turning into a turgid campaign.

This time, it was mid-table Crawley Town who took maximum points from the JobServe Community Stadium, leaving home fans calling for Etherington’s dismissal, despite the former West Ham United midfielder taking the job permanently less than a month ago

Relegation-haunted Colchester went into the contest without a win in four and have lost their last three league outings. Despite making a reasonable start, Etherington’s men fell behind shortly before the interval when Liam Kelly’s right-footed strike beat Owen Goodman after Will Eright had fashioned an opening.

The mood darkened shortly after the hour. Arthur Read sent Nicholas Tsaroulla tumbling. Danilo Orsi converted from the spot.

Joe Taylor reduced the arrears in stoppage time. But it was a case of too little, too late for the troubled hosts.

With the matches involving Forest Green Rovers and Sutton United falling foul of the weather, Colchester remain five points above the dropzone. They return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, December 16, when they face Wrexham at The Racecourse Ground (3pm).

Colchester United: Goodman, Greenidge (Chilvers 76’), Kelleher, Jay (Cooper 76’), Tovide (Akinde 54’), McGeehan, Mitchell, Read, Egbo, Taylor, Fevrier Subs not used: Smith, Bandeira, Hopper, Terry

Crawley Town: Ashby-Hammond, Gordon (Darcy 66’), Conroy, Kelly (Lolos 72’), Maguire, Gladwin, Orsi, Tsaroulla (Forster 66’) (Simon-Swyer 88’), Williams, Campbell (Adeyemo 72’), Wright Subs not used: Addai, Johnson

Referee: James Durkin 

Assistants: Joe Simpson and Marc Wilson

Fourth Official: Scott Tallis

Attendance: 3,132 (257 from Crawley Town)

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Brian Jeeves

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