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Colchester United 1-0 Tranmere Rovers

26 March 2022

Tranmere Rovers suffered a very late defeat to the hands of Colchester United on Saturday afternoon.

Despite controlling large parts of the encounter, the home side stole it at the death.

It was a cagey opening 15 minutes at the JobServe Community Stadium but the hosts nearly broke the deadlock. Luke Hannant latched onto a ball in behind, attempted to lob Joe Murphy but his effort dropped a yard wide of the post.

Tranmere’s first sight of goal came on the half hour mark. Nevitt broke the offside trap before stinging the palms of George in the Colchester net. His follow up was dragged narrowly wide of the far post.

Just before the break, Kane Hemmings had a similar chance to open the scoring. Peter Clarke’s quick free kick was controlled by the striker before forcing a save out of George once more, at a tight angle.

Rovers started the second half on the front foot. Lewis Warrington was the first to have an effort of goal when a cross fell to him in the box but his improvised volley was deflected over.

Midway through the half, Nevitt drew a fantastic save from George. He unleashed a great strike from 25 yards which was arrowing into the top corner before George somehow got a hand to it to turn it around the post.

With the game seemingly fizzling out, Colchester won it in added time. Alan Judge's looping cross found Tchamadeu at the far post who rifled a volley into the roof of the net past Murphy who had no chance.

The referee sounded his whistle instantly from kick off to finalise a sucker punch for Rovers.

Tranmere team: Murphy, Dacres-Cogley, Davies, Clarke, MacDonald, Merrie, Warrington, Hawkes (Jolley 78’), Nevitt, Hemmings

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