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Football: Danny joy- not on this form City; BRISTOL C 1 COLCHESTER 1.

CITY'S first home point of the season was scant consolation for worried Ashton Gate fans.

Again their team, who began the season among the promotion favourites, failed to deliver against mediocre opposition.

Manager Danny Wilson is beset by injuries to key players, but must have hoped for more.

City gifted Colchester the lead within two minutes when Tony Lock was allowed to head in Steve McGavin's left wing cross without having to jump.

After that City huffed and puffed, creating several chances, but too often lacking precision with their final pass.

Tony Thorpe threatened as much as anyone and it was his 21st minute equaliser that at last gave home supporters something to cheer.

Darren Dunning robbed defender Aaron Skelton to feed the striker who cut inside to clinically plant a low shot past Simon Brown.

Colchester had precious little to offer going forward, but might have regained the lead early in the second half when Lock shot narrowly wide.

From then on City had most of the possession and substitute Marvin Brown was denied by a point-blank save after Brian Tinnion's header had set up the chance.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Latham, Richard
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 24, 2000
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