Leon Clarke converted a Joe Riley cross on the 75th minute to get their seventh win a row, and their 17th consecutive away game without a loss.
David Flitcroft made one change to the starting line-up that played on Tuesday night with Jacob Mellis nursing a knock, paving the way for Hallam Hope’s first start since the Accrington Stanley" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); outline: none 0px; text-decoration: none;">Accrington Stanley game in the JPT last month.
Colchester United Manager Tony Humes named an unchanged line-up from the team that beat Bradford City at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday night.
A foul on Danny Pugh gave the Shakers an early free-kick in a good position, however Hussey couldn’t get enough height on it and it was cleared away.
The U’s had the first chance of the match on the 8th minute when Owen Garvan’s free-kick on the edge of the pitch was headed across goal by Frankie Kent, Tom Eastman managed to latch onto it, but could only put it into the side netting.
The Shakers started to find their feet in the game, limiting Colchester’s time on the ball. This gave them a few half chances in the first 20 minutes, the best involved Joe Riley overlapping Craig Jones" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); outline: none 0px; text-decoration: none;">Craig Jones on the right, he cut inside and put a ball across goal, but it was blocked for a corner. Chris Hussey whipped in the corner, which bobbled around the box before being headed wide by Nathan Cameron.
Colchester United however started throwing the kitchen sink at the Shakers defence, but the side that have only conceded five goals in six games looked good in denying them, with Rob Lainton especially impressing.
George Moncur had a good chance on the 25th minute when he weaved his way into the box and pulled a shot off. Rob Lainton was there to save it.
Colchester United had another good chance on the 26th minute with Rob Lainton doing magnificently to get a finger to a long range screamer from Joe Edwards, putting it wide.
The Shakers managed to weather the storm, turning the game into a very even affair. On the 36th minute George Moncur had an excellent chance to latch onto a Callum Harriot defence splitting pass and put the U’s ahead, however Rob Lainton did well to cancel it out.
Leon Clarke had a chance on the 40th minute when Craig jones played him into an excellent position, but he couldn’t get enough on it to take a shot and it was scooped up by Jamie Jones.
Matt Briggs gave the Shakers a free-kick in a good position after a foul on Joe Riley on the 43rd minute. Chris Hussey’s free-kick looked like sneaking to the net before it ricocheted over the corner of the post.
The team’s went in at half-time on an equal footing, having both had good chances that they were unable to convert during the half.
HALF-TIME: COLCHESTER UNITED 0 – 0 THE SHAKERS
The Shakers made a change at half-time with Tom Pope coming on for Hallam Hope, meaning a change in tactics for David Flitcroft’s side.
The U’s had the first chance of the half on the 49th minute when Gavin Massey burst into the final third, he looked to get a shot off, but couldn’t so passed to Owen Garvan in space but his shot lacked power and direction.
Rob Lainton denied Colchester United the opener on the 57th minute, with an acrobatic dive denying a powerful shot by George Moncur after he raced into the box. Rob Lainton came to the rescue again minutes later saving another Colchester effort.
Colchester United carried on dominating the game, while controlling the amount of chances the Shakers could carve out. Although the Shakers didn’t look overly concerned, defending everything thrown at them brilliantly.
Reece Brown was brought on for Danny Mayor on the 74th minute to give the Shakers added steel in the midfield.
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The substitution of Reece Brown couldn’t have been timed better, with him instantly giving the hosts a lot more to do in midfield to get through the Bury defence. This was epitomised on the 85th minute with George Moncur putting a shot well wide after being closed down in every direction he went.
The U’s kept pressing, but never really threatened with the Shakers defence standing strong. After three minutes of added time the final whistle was blown to ensure the Shakers took all three points back to Gigg Lane to stretch their fantastic run to 6 League wins in a row.
FULL-TIME: COLCHESTER UNITED 0 – 1 THE SHAKERS
Next up for the Shakers is a Second Round tie in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at home to Morecambe" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); outline: none 0px; text-decoration: none;">Morecambe at on Tuesday 6th October, kick-off 7.45pm.
STARTING LINEUP: Rob Lainton, Joe Riley, Chris Hussey, Peter Clarke, Hallam Hope (OFF – 45), Leon Clarke, Danny Mayor (OFF – 74), Craig Jones" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); outline: none 0px; text-decoration: none;">Craig Jones, Tom Soares, Danny Pugh, Nathan Cameron (c)
BENCH:Jack Ruddy, Matty Foulds, Chris Sedgwick, Danny Rose, Tom Pope(ON - 45), Reece Brown (ON – 74)
REFEREE:Mr S Hooper (Wiltshire).
ATTENDANCE: 4, 032(274 Shakers).