U’s late show hands Bloomfield a boost

Colchester United v Charlton Athletic – Papa John’s Trophy – JobServe Community Stadium – Report

Colchester United 2-1 Charlton Athletic

Colchester United staged a dramatic late Papa John’s Trophy comeback to see off Charlton Athletic and hand new boss, Matt Bloomfield his first victory after taking charge at the North Essex club on Friday.

Bloomfield made ten changes to the side he saw beaten at AFC Wimbledon at the weekend. The U’s boss was keen to assess his squad ahead of Saturday’s vital Sky Bet League Two clash with fellow strugglers Harrogate Town at the JobServe.

Having each collected three points from their opening group matches both sides knew that a victory would almost confirm their progression to the knockout stage.

U’s goalkeeper, Sam Hornby, pushed aside Diallang Jaiyesimi’s speculative shot. But when Albie Morgan was provided with a sight of goal, the Charlton man swept, right-footed, beyond Hornby to hand the South-East Londoners an eighteenth-minute lead.

The home side looked organised but produced very little threat during the opening stages. Frank Nouble and Beryly Lubala were at the heart of their few brighter moments. Meanwhile, Hornby produced a stunning one-handed save to prevent Corey Blackett-Taylor from doubling Charlton’s advantage.

Substitute, Tyreece Campbell was a fraction off-target as Charlton continued to look the more creative after the restart. However, Colchester passed up a glorious chance to restore parity when Lubala arrived unmarked only head over after Cameron Coxe had picked him out from the right.

With a quarter of an hour remaining, Jack Payne was floored by Alan Judge. However, Hornby dived to his left to keep out Payne’s resulting spot-kick as well as rebuffing as the Addicks man followed up.

Nouble forced a save from Nathan Harness as Colchester rallied late in the game. And with three minutes remaining, their second-half toil was rewarded when long-serving defender, Tom Eastman found the net from close range after the ball had rebounded off the underside of the bar.

Incredibly, Colchester wasn’t finished. Eastman picked out John Akinde, who glided in from the right before beating Harness to win the game with a delightful angled chip.

Colchester United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, October 8 when Harrogate Town visit the JobServe Community Stadium (3pm).

Colchester United: Sam Hornby, Ryan Clampin, Tom Dallison, Alan Judge (Ossama Ashley 82′), Noah Chilvers (Luke Hannant 70′), Beryly Lubala (John Akinde 61′), Tom Eastman, Alex Newby, Cameron Coxe, Marley Marshall Miranda, Frank Nouble Subs not used: Kieran O’Hara (GK), Luke Chambers, Matty Longstaff, Al-Amin Kazeem

Booked: Beryly Lubala (foul), Noah Chilvers (foul)
Goals: Tom Eastman 87′, John Akinde 90′

Charlton Athletic: Nathan Harness, Terrell Thomas, Diallang Jaiyesimi (Tyreece Campbell 43′), Jake Forster-Caskey, Albie Morgan, Conor McGrandles, Jack Payne (Charles Clayden 86′), Corey Blackett-Taylor (Daniel Kanu 77′), Sean Clare (San Lavelle 46′), Lucas Ness, Richard Chin Subs not used: San Lavelle, Euan Williams, Ahmed Kone, Patrick Casey

Booked: Albie Morgan (foul), Sean Clare (dissent)
Goals: Albie Morgan 18′

Referee: Lee Swabey, Lee
Assistant: Paul Yates and Michael George
Fourth Official: Michael Robertson-Tant

Attendance: 880 (259 from Charlton Athletic)

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Brian Jeeves

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