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Nationwide League Division Two Colchester v WYCOMBE
Tuesday 18th January
Division Two
Wycombe had an unhappy night in Essex as a late goal from Colchester's teenage striker Lomana Tresor Lua Lua was enough to beat a Wanderers side reduced to nine men. A fairly even game was swung more and more in favour of the home side, as first Michael Simpson (31 minutes) and then Steve Brown (58 minutes) were shown their second yellow cards of the evening by match referee Keith Hill. Wycombe should be kicking themselves (rather than the opposition) for missing this glorious chance to put one over on their bitterest rivals. With a full quota of players, Wycombe easily matched the in-form upstarts from Layer Road and it was only Steve McGavin who showed signs of continuing the scoring flurry shown in recent games by the Essex side.
As early as the sixth minute McGavin tested Martin Taylor (returning from a brief bout of flu) - the Wycombe 'keeper tipping the ball around the post. As ever, Sean Devine was the key playmaker for Wycombe but it was Jamie Bates who nearly caught out Simon Brown in the home goal with hopeful long distance effort on 24 minutes. Two minutes later Simpson was shown the yellow card for a challenge on Jamie Moralee and five minutes later when he clipped McGavin after a fearsome challenge by Bates, he was shown the red card. Steve Brown also talked himself into the book for what would prove to be costly remarks. Not to be out done, Colchester also had Gregory (foul on Vinnicombe 18 minutes), Jason Dozzell (foul on Baird 37 minutes) and Karl Duguid (foul on McCarthy 44 minutes) booked by disciplinarian Mr Hill. Jamie Bates limped off for Wycombe after 38 minutes and was replaced by Paul McCarthy.
Half-time 0-0
Colchester pulled out the trump card at half-time when they brought on Lua-Lua. He looked dangerous everytime he got the ball but Wycombe still looked fairly comfortable at the back despite Colchester's one man advantage. The evening dropped down another level for Wycombe in the 51st minute when Lua-Lua's pace caught out Brown, the resulting trip brought the inevitable red card. Ironically it was just over a year ago that Wycombe were reduced to nine men against Luton Town and the 4-3-1 formation was adopted again for the remainder of the game. After Martin Taylor was booked for time wasting just before the hour mark, Wycombe actually had the ball in net but Devine had few complaints when the flag was raised for offside. Devine went close again moments later but after Sanchez had replaced the tiring Carroll along with the leading scorer it was Colchester who were given the incentive to win. However, very little was getting through McCarthy and Cousins in the centre of defence and it was Wycombe's lack of midfield that finally buckled under the pressure when Lua-Lua was alllowed space to shoot home from all of 25 yards. Dannie Bulman completed Wycombe's card collection for the night with seven minutes of normal time left to cap a miserable night for Wycombe. 
Final Score Colchester 1 Wycombe 0
Wycombe team: Taylor, Lawrence, Vinnicombe, Cousins, Bates (sub 38 McCarthy), Carroll (sub 76 Bulman), Ryan, Baird, Devine (sub 74 Senda), Simpson, Brown subs not used Westhead and Rogers Att:4,075
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