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Colchester United v Salford City – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Report
Colchester United 0-2 Salford City
Colchester United are now four home Sky Bet League Two matches without a victory after Salford City recorded a comfortable two-goal victory at the JobServe Community Stadium.
A solid performance against Swindon Town in the league followed by an impressive Papa John’s Trophy win over a talented West Ham United under 21 side suggested the U’s were in good shape. However, in filthy weather conditions, it was Salford who went close to opening the scoring – Josh Morris hitting the woodwork with the games first genuine opportunity.
But it was clear that Colchester were struggling with the blustery conditions, as well as a busy Salford attack. Shamal Gorge fumbled Morris’s initial effort – Brandon Thomas-Asante on hand to punish the stopper for his error from close range.
It was one-way traffic. George somehow turned As Hunter’s drive away, then tipped Thomas-Asante’s fierce attempt onto the bar. But when Tom Elliott arrived to meet Liam Shephard’s centre, the U’s keeper could do very little in preventing his firm header from doubling the Ammies lead.
The weather conditions certainly matched the mood of the home crowd. Tom King kept out Alan Judge’s dead-ball attempt as the hosts tried tentatively to reduce the arrears. The disgruntled U’s fans booed their side from the field at the break.
Colchester had offered very little in any department. Boss, Hayden Mullins, replaced Armando Dobra and Cameron Coxe shortly after the restart – Tom Eastman and Brendan Wiredu brought on to stem the flow of relentless Salford attacks.
Noah Chilvers and Eastman had efforts blocked, while the former also fired wide as the U’s searched for a foothold.
Freddie Sears fired over after Frank Nouble had nodded into his path – the improvement evident in Colchester, despite Salford remaining at arms-length.
Indeed, Thomas-Asante almost extended the Ammies lead – This time George produced a smart save low to his right.
King shovelled out Luke Chambers’ close-range header as the home side continued to toil fruitlessly.
Thomas-Asante’s day ended on a sour note – The Salford frontman given his marching orders for a clumsy challenge on Wiredu.
Colchester United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Friday, October 8 when they face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park (7:45pm).
Colchester United: Shamal George, Luke Chambers, Tommy Smith, Cole Skuse, Frank Nouble, Alan Judge, Freddie Sears, Noah Chilvers (Sylvester Jasper 80’), Armando Dobra (Tom Eastman 52’), Charlie Daniels, Cameron Coxe (Brendan Wiredu 52’) Subs not used: Jake Turner (GK), Ryan Clampin, Luke Hannant, Samson Tovide
Booked: Sylvester Jasper (foul)
Salford City: Tom King, Liam Shephard, Jason Lowe, Ash Eastham, Corrie Ndaba, Jordan Turnbull, Matty Lund (Matty Willock 90+1’), Ash Hunter (Donald Love 76’), Josh Morris (Tyreik Wright 76’), Tom Elliott, Brandon Thomas-Asante Subs not used: Zach Jeacock (GK), Andy Smith, Kelly N’Mai, Rem Oteh
Booked: Brandon Thomas-Asante (foul)
Sent-off: Brandon Thomas-Asante (foul – second yellow card)
Goals: Brandon Thomas-Asante 10’, Tom Elliott 25’
Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Stephen Brown and Anthony Da Costa
Fourth Official: Stuart Butler
Attendance: 2,566 (79 from Salford City)