Milsom’s spot-kick sinks ten-man U’s

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Sutton United v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – VBS Community Stadium – Report

Sutton United 1-0 Colchester United

Ten-man Colchester United missed passed up another opportunity to move clear of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone after Rob Milsom’s spot-kick deep into first-half stoppage-time earned Sutton United all three points at the VBS Community Stadium.

Hartlepool United’s 2-0 victory at Crawley Town on Friday evening had seen the U’s slip back into the relegation places. Matt Bloomfield made one change to the side that had started the 2-1 defeat at Mansfield Town, Cole Skuse returned after a six-week absence. Luke Hannant dropped to the bench.

Colchester started the contest brightly with Alex Newby and Kwesi Appiah providing much of the threat on an icy surface. Nevertheless, it was Sutton who went close to opening the scoring. U’s stopper, Kieran O’Hara, sprung to his right to claw away Omar Bugiel’s glancing header.

Skuse’s return lasted little more than twenty-two minutes. After struggling to shake off a knock from an early challenge from Craig Eastmond, the former Ipswich Town man was replaced by Hannant. Meanwhile, Junior Tchamadeu frustratingly scuffed wide after busting forward from deep in his own territory.

O’Hara was called upon to shovel out Donovan Wilson’s effort. Seconds later, Colchester almost snatched the lead when Appiah almost got on the end of Alex Newby’s strike.

But in first-half stoppage-time, Sutton were presented with an opportunity to forge ahead. Ossama Ashley’s challenge on Milsom was deemed a foul by erratic match official Peter Wright. Milsom dispatched the resulting spot-kick following a lengthy delay, during which Alan Judge was worryingly carried off on a stretcher. 

With Smith walking a red card tightrope, Bloomfield replaced his skipper with Tom Eastman, while Newby made way for Samson Tovide. But the U’s task was soon made much harder. Ashley brought down Bugiel and was shown a second yellow card. Colchester was forced to play out the contest with ten men.

O’Hara twice saved from former U’s player Eastmond and then denied substitute, Harry Beautyman as the home side looked to put the game out of sight.

Tom Dallison agonisingly fired over from close range in stoppage-time after Emyr Huws had fashioned a rare second-half opening for Colchester. But there was no way back. The U’s have picked up just one point from a possible thirty-three on the road. They return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, December 17 when Salford City visit the JobServe Community Stadium (3pm).

Sutton United: Jack Rose, Louis John, Enzio Boldewijn, Alistair Smith (Harry Beautyman 72′), Omar Bugiel, Will Randle, Craig Eastmond (Capt), Josh Neufville (Sam Hart 89′), Joe Kizzi, Rob Milsom (Kylian Kouassi 89′), Donovan Wilson (Tope Fadahunsi 61′) Subs not used:  Luke Gambin, Charley Kendall, Lewis Ward (GK)

Booked: Enzio Boldewijn (foul), Will Randle (foul), Joe Kizzi (foul)

Goals: Rob Milsom (penalty) 45+8′

Colchester United: Kieran O’Hara, Luke Chambers, Tommy Smith (Tom Eastman 46′), Tom Dallison, Cole Skuse (Luke Hannant 22′), Kwesi Appiah (John Akinde 86′), Alan Judge (Emyr Huws 45+8′), Ossama Ashley, Alex Newby (Samson Tovide 46′), Junior Tchamadeu, Daniel Chesters Subs not used: Noah Chilvers, Ted Collins (GK)

Booked: Tommy Smith (foul), Ossama Ashley (foul), Junior Tchamadeu (foul), Samson Tovide (foul)

Sent-Off: Ossama Ashley (foul – second yellow card)

Goals: None

Referee: Peter Wright

Assistants: Andrew Laver and Adam Ricketts

Fourth Official: Paul Yates

Attendance: 2,528 (275 from Colchester United)

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