Colchester United 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday August 14, Weston Homes Community Stadium, (Att: 6,011)
Neil Mellor's individual goal seven minutes from time earned Sheffield Wednesday a point after Colchester appeared on course for their first league win of the season.
Wednesday, buoyed by two wins from their opening two games, began the game on top and were unfortunate not to take the lead through Clinton Morrison.
Neat play in midfield saw Marcus Tudgay unleash Gary Teale down the left and, when his cross was parried onto Morrison by home keeper Mark Cousins, the ball ricocheted off the post before being desperately hacked away.
However, the Owls were made to pay when the Essex team took the lead just five minutes into the second half.
Good play in the middle of the park saw the ball worked out to the right and Andy Bond unleashed an unstoppable swerving effort with the outside of his boot into the net from 25 yards.
Ahead, John Ward's men scented a scalp and could have wrapped things up but David Mooney saw his low shot from outside the box come back off the post.
It was to prove costly, as Wednesday snatched a draw late on. Mark Beevers headed into the box and Mellor showed great control, with first his chest and then his head, to work the space and smash home the equaliser.
A valuable point for Alan Irvine's side, who remain unbeaten so far. Colchester were still left searching for their first three points of the campaign though.