Third successive draw for Boothryd

Tranmere Rovers 1 Colchester Utd 1

Stuart Watson

AIDY Boothroyd picked up his third successive away draw as Colchester manager as Tranmere Rovers recorded their first league point in seven matches courtesy of a 1-1 draw.

In an end-to-end first half, John Barnes' side took a 35th minute lead when midfielder John Welsh slammed home after keeper Ben Williams had parried a fierce Marlon Broomes strike from outside the box.

Colchester took just two minutes to equalise though as John-Joe O'Toole was left with a simple finish after Kayode Odejayi capitalised on some poor defending.

The action packed first half slowed down after the break, however, both sides had chances to win it in the dying moments.

First Tranmere were denied a winner when substitute Kithson Bain's scrambled effort was disallowed for offside, while at the other end the ball got stuck under Odejayi's feet when two yards out.

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- For full match report and reaction see Monday's EADT.

Tranmere: Luke Daniels, Shaleum Logan, Aaron Cresswell, Ian Goodison, Marlon Broomes, Chris Shuker, Seb Carole (Alan Mahon 65), Paul McLaren, John Welsh, Ian Thomas-Moore (cpt) (Craig Curran 79), Michael Ricketts (Kithson Bain 86).

Unused Subs: Gareth Edds, Ash Taylor, Joe Collister, Charlie Barnett.

Booked: Logan, Cresswell, McLaren, Broomes.

Colchester: Ben Williams, John White, Marc Tierney, Magnus Okuonghae (cpt), Danny Batth (Matt Heath 72), Kevin Lisbie, Anthony Wordsworth, John-Joe O'Toole, David Fox (Simon Hackney 66), Clive Platt (Steven Gillespie 78), Kayode Odejayi.

Unused Subs: Mark Cousins, Phil Ifil, Tom Bender, Medi Elito.

Booked: Lisbie, Wordsworth, O'Toole, Tierney.

Man-of-the-Match: Ben Williams

Referee: Mr S Bratt

Attendance: 5,314