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.


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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

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