U’s captain Magnus Okuonghae had given the home side the lead early in the game but Forte’s double gave Latics the advantage going into the break. Midfielder George Moncur equalised for Colchester just before the hour mark but neither side could get the decisive winner and both had to settle for a opening day draw.

Latics made the worst possible start, falling behind within the first seven minutes of the game. Magnus Okuonghae pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area and made no mistake from six yards to put the U’s ahead. The goal really kicked the visitors into action as they enjoyed more of the possession and started to dictate proceedings. Their dominance paid off on 18 minutes as Forte got them back on level terms through a superb individual finish. The winger picked up the ball on the left-hand side and ghosted past the Colchester defence, rounding Sam Walker and he knocked the ball into an empty goal. The visitors continued to press their opponents and went close again five minutes later. James Dayton’s cross found the head of Jonson Clarke-Harris but the striker could not keep his effort down.  Colchester were forced into making a change on the half hour mark as Moncur replaced Craig Eastmond and minutes later, the U’s should have been ahead.  Jabo Ibehre escaped the offside trap and lifted the ball over the head of Paul Rachubka but the ball fell inches wide of the goal.  Latics capitalised on that missed chance and took the lead on 40 minutes through a second goal from Forte. Clarke-Harris found Brian Wilson in acres of space and his cross was finished by the forward to score his second goal of the game. 

Colchester started the second half on the front foot and won a free kick on the 18-yard box but Freddie Sears’ free kick smashed against the wall and the chance was cleared. The home side did fined an equaliser on 58 minutes through substitute Moncur. Genseric Kusunga was dispossessed in the middle of the field by Sears and the striker let rip from 25 yards out, which rebounded off the post and was finished by the West Ham loanee. With pressure building, Clarke-Harris was forced into defensive duties as he had to clear off the line from a corner. Latics were finding chances hard to come by but Clarke-Harris found space in the centre with 15 minutes to go but fired his shot into the side-netting. William Gros and George Elokobi were introduced into the game for their debutes and the latter received a round of applause from both sets of supporters. 

Both sides looked dangerous going forward but clear-cut chances were hard to come by. The referee called time on the game with both teams picking a point up each.

Attendance:4,023 (623 visiting supporters)

Colchester United

Sam Walker The keeper did not have much to do, but did make a mistake for one of the Oxford goals. 6.0
Sean Clohessy New player brought in this summer, he had a hard game today as they just picked on him and that is where one of the goals came from. 7.0
Magnus Okuonghae The new skipper at Colchester and he scored with only a few mins on the board, soild at the back and lead by example. 8.0
Tom Eastman Last season he improved so much and was are player of the season, would say we are still lucky to have him, good performance but had such a hard game against a top striker. 6.0
Ben Gordon New player brought this summer at left back as Ryan Dickson has just moved to Crawley, did not really do much today, really weak on and of the ball. Definite room for improvement. 5.0
Alex Gilbey A really good player brought up through the youth ranks, has so much time for the fans and he is going places very soon, so keep an eye out for this player, controlled the midfield today. 7.0
Craig Eastmond He had to play of through a knock but he looks promising this season, hopefully not a serious injury. 6.0
Freddie Sears Had a good pre-season scoring goals for fun, should of scored today but didnt go his way hit the post a few times just played behind the strikers and picked up the loose ball a lot, until he got moved out wide and he didnt have an impact on the game. 8.0
Gavin Massey When I saw his name of the team sheet I thought we had lost but he proved me wrong today, had such a good game and was really good against Brain Wilson, could of got man of the match. 8.0
Drey Wright Another young talent had a good first half and created a lot of chances for the U`s. Worked so hard so had too come off after 60 mins huge talent and another one for the future. 7.0
Jabo Ibhere Big old unit up top, missed so many chances today but on a diffrent day he would have scored, made some important challenges up the field but no scoring boots. 6.0


George Mocur On loan from West Ham came on early for Craig Eastmond and ran the midfield my man of the match full of energy and he got a goal, hell of a start from him. 9.0
Domanic Vose Came on for Drey Wright had a few key moments but could not get into the game, had 30 mins to prove himself however did not do anything at all. 5.0
Dan Holman Came on late for a tired Gavin Massey, new player this season needs to have more mins to have a proper look. N/A

Oldham Athletic

Paul Rachubka Made some important saves but should of done better with the first goal. 7.0
Brian Wilson Did well with the assist but right wing back is not his position. 6.0
Genséric Kusunga Very poor today at fault for second goal and most passes were wayward not himself. 3.0
James Wilson Very quiet did what was needed. 6.0
Joseph Mills Made some surging runs which are a good sign decent performance 6.5
James Dayton Poor display. Had a good turn of pace but no final product and can’t make a decision. 4.0
Mike Jones Unfit but ran the show in midfield. 7.0
Liam Kelly  Good showing of retaining possession but very quiet. 6.5
Carl Winchester Fantastic with the ball at his feet and good turn of pace good game. 7.5
Jonathan Forte Ran the show in the first half took his first goal very well and had the right back shaking. 8.0
Jonson Clarke-Harris  He didn’t turn up, proved no threat up top apart from the odd run. 5.0


George Elokobi Added a bit of assurance at the back when he came on. 6.0
William Gros No impact whatsoever poor shooting. 4.0
Danny Philliskirk No time for impact. N/A


Man of the Match

George Mocur Had such a good game, already looks like he will tear league 1 apart, good signing from Joe Dunne. Ran the midfield, full of energy and also scored. 9.0

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