Hull City Under-23s played out a goalless draw against Colchester United Under-23s at the MKM Stadium.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, the Tigers remain third in the Professional Development League North table after gaining a hard-earned point.
Richard Naylor and Andy Dawson made three changes to the starting XI that defeated Wigan Athletic 2-1 last time out. Tom Macauley replaced David Robson in-between the sticks, while there were recalls to forwards Josh Hinds and Sincere Hall, in-place of Mallik Wilks and an unnamed trialist.
Colchester created the first opportunity of the game as a long ball released Chay Cooper down the right flank. The winger cut inside, but saw his left-footed strike from close-range blocked by the outstretched leg of Festus Arthur. At the other end, Hall brought down Macauley’s long throw and tried to feed Hinds through on goal, but the forward started his run in an offside position.
The Tigers thought they had an opener as Arthur finished Harry Wood’s free-kick, but the referee indicated there was a foul in the penalty area. Will Jarvis then tried to pick out the run of Hinds with a low cross, but his delivery was blocked well by Frankie Terry.
The Colchester defender was there again to clear away another dangerous delivery, this time from McCauley Snelgrove, before goalkeeper Ted Collins gathered Wood’s drilled cross. Tom Nixon went close to opening the scoring before half-time as he connected with Harry Lovick’s pass, but his first-time volley went narrowly over the bar.
Freddie Price almost gave Colchester the lead within the opening minute of the second half as his cross-shot forced a save by Macauley, with the Tigers clearing away the rebound. Terry then headed wide from Cooper’s set-piece delivery, while Hinds couldn’t divert Louis Beckett’s strike goalwards.
Both teams continued to push to try and break the deadlock as Jarvis’ cross-shot deflect behind, with the resulting corner being punched away by Collins, before Alfie Taylor saw his long-range strike blocked by Camron Gbadebo.
Macauley then produced two saves in as many minutes to maintain his clean sheet. He first got down low to his right-hand side to hold Marley Marshall-Miranda’s header, after the Colchester forward connected with Ryan Lowe’s corner delivery, before the Tigers’ shot-stopper denied Donell Thomas.
Late-on, Nixon blocked Samson Tovide’s effort from close range, before Jarvis couldn’t finish a Tigers’ counter-attack as he connected with Beckett’s pass at the back post. Six minutes into injury-time, substitute Bradley Ihionvein headed over from Lowe’s whipped free-kick.
Hull City (4-3-3): Tom Macauley; Tom Nixon (C), Festus Arthur, Alfie Taylor, Harry Lovick; Oliver Green, Harry Wood, Sincere Hall; McCauley Snelgrove (Louis Beckett 44’), Josh Hinds, Will Jarvis.
Subs Not Used: Harry Fisk, Harry Wallis, James Carr.
Colchester United (4-3-3): Ted Collins; Camron Gbadebo, Gene Kennedy (Bradley Chakawa 73’), Frankie Terry (C), Freddie Price (Ellis Sullivan 60’); Sam Cornish, Ryan Lowe, Marley Marshall-Miranda; Chay Cooper (Bradley Ihionvein 69’), Donell Thomas, Samson Tovide.
Sub Not Used: Jaime Tedaldi.