Tom Soares sent off as Stevenage and Colchester play out stalemate



Posted Sunday, January 05, 2020 by PA

Tom Soares sent off as Stevenage and Colchester play out stalemate

Battling 10-man Stevenage held promotion-chasing Colchester United to a 0-0 draw at the Lamex Stadium.

Dean Parrett squandered a gilt-edged chance to give Stevenage a 10th-minute lead after mis-controlling Craig Mackail-Smith’s pass seven yards from goal.

But after Harry Pell had headed a good chance wide for Colchester, the hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 19th minute when Tom Soares was sent off for a bad foul on Luke Gambin midway inside the Colchester half.

Stevenage keeper Paul Farman brilliantly pushed away Luke Norris’ header and just after the half-hour mark made another great save to deny Norris, whose follow-up effort was cleared off the line by Paul Digby, before Farman made another fine block to foil Callum Harriott.

Frank Nouble’s attempted lob hit Farman in the face soon after, and before half-time Stevenage almost scored an own goal when an attempted clearance hit Ben Nugent and bounced off the crossbar.

Farman denied Pell and Harriott headed a great far-post chance wide but the spoils were shared.

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