A triumphant Colchester United made a show of sheer defiance, on the day they lost both their manager and team captain, pay off – with a magnificent 2-1 victory against Gillingham.
Gills midfielder Curtis Weston gave the visitors an early lead after a superb run beyond U`s left back Lee Beevers left him with the whole goal to aim at.
The U`s fought back, however, as Kevin Lisbie took a Gillingham player unawares to steal the ball and square in a counter-attack for Scott Vernon, in a skilful equaliser, not long before half-time.
Lisbie later steered Colchester into the lead in the 66th minute, scoring gaol number 20 in his combined spells with the U`s. Vernon`s assist repaid the complement of the first period for the side’s leveller.
A jubilant stand-in skipper, Pat Baldwin, exalted the crowed by roaring them on to sing louder still at full-time in what turned out to be the perfect response to today`s altogether tumultuous events.
Kem Izzet, who also cleared off the line during the game, was a deserved Man of The Match for Colchester.
With the stadium rocking, in came the news that Norwich City had lost their league game with Brentford, under Ian Butterworth.
A full report will follow tomorrow on Vital Colchester.
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