Wycombe Wanderers v Colchester United, nostalgia: David Gregory nets last gasp penalty, 19 years ago
PUBLISHED: 11:30 13 January 2018
Colchester United writer Carl Marston recalls a dramatic finale to the U's 2-2 draw at Wycombe Wanderers on March 6, 1999:
Get-out-of jail specialists Colchester salvaged a point in the seventh minute of injury-time at their arch rivals Wycombe on a cold March afternoon.
The U’s were trailing 2-1 and heading for their first defeat under manager Mick Wadsworth, having been outgunned by their Buckinghamshire hosts in the second half.
The fourth official raised his board displaying the No. 7, for seven minutes of injury-time at the end of the game, which caused some mutterings around the locals in Adams Park.
And the Chairboys were duly denied in the seventh of these added-on minutes, as striker Neil Gregory was brought crashing to the ground inside the box by Martin Taylor for a penalty.
Neil’s older brother, David Gregory, took on the responsibility of taking the spot kick, and he sent keeper Taylor the wrong way with a precision penalty for a final 2-2 scoreline.
It was a disastrous end to the match for Wycombe, who had desperately wanted the three points to improve their chances of fending off relegation,
Earlier, Jason Dozzell had given the U’s an 18th minute lead, only for the hosts to go ahead through second-half goals by Andrew Baird and Keith Scott.
COLCHESTER: Emberson, Dunne, Aspinall, Williams, Betts, Skelton (sub Buckle, 80), Pounewatchy, D Gregory, Allen (sub Abrahams, 70), N Gregory, Dozzell (sub Sale, 70). Att: 4,670