FULL TIME: Colchester United 2, Sheffield United 3

James Wallace is challenged by Tom Eastman & Frankie Kent
James Wallace is challenged by Tom Eastman & Frankie Kent
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Ben Davies scored a dramatic late penalty as Sheffield United completed a stunning turnaround to win 3-2 ahead at Colchester this evening.

United, who earlier went 2-0 behind, drew level thanks to Davies and sub Ryan Flynn.

And then Davies capped a dramatic comeback by converting his penalty comfortably.

Earlier, Freddie Sears earlier put Colchester 2-0 ahead at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, after George Moncur had earlier handed Colchester United the lead, finishing off at the second attempt after Mark Howard had saved his original effort.

The home side had an early chance to go ahead, Alex Gilbey’s shot hitting Howard’s post.

Colchester then had the ball in Howard’s net, but the linesman had his flag up and the goal was disallowed.

In the second half, Freddie Sears had the chance to double the home side’s lead, but his shot was cleared off the line after he had rounded Howard.

James Wallace was handed his first competitive start for United, replacing Chris Basham in Nigel Clough’s starting eleven.

Marc McNulty partners Michael Higdon up front, while Stefan Scougall was named on the bench.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who scored the winner against Rochdale on Saturday, missed out due to injury, as did Jose Baxter and Jamie Murphy.

Bob Harris was also handed a recall.

After five games without defeat the Blades head to Colchester with the hosts fresh off the back of their first win of the season.

The Us produced a shock 2-0 win at Leyton Orient on Saturday, despite going down to ten men with the game still goalless.

Colchester: Walker, Goodwin, Watt, Gilbey, Sears, Eastman, Clohessy, Massey, Moncur, Kent, Szmodics. Subs: Lewington, Wright, Eastmond, Holman, Lawrence, Vose, Bonne.

United: Howard, Alcock, Collins, McGahey, McEveley, Davies, Wallace, Doyle, Harris, Higdon, McNulty.