Asa Hall stepped off the bench to provide the goals for a Shrewsbury comeback against in-form Colchester.

The U's, searching for a fourth win in five games, took a 2-0 lead through strikes from Arsenal loan pair Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt.

Eastmond struck from 20 yards while Watt burst away from the halfway line before rifling into the top corner.

But substitute Hall scored two headers in quick succession, both from Jon Taylor corners, to rescue a draw.

The point was enough to keep the Shrews out of the League One relegation zone, with Coventry level on points but below them on goal difference.

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Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"Overall we had a great opportunity to win the game and we showed great character today.

"The fightback has given us belief now and we have to be pleased with a point."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"It could have been worse. I felt they should have had a penalty at the end and they've missed a couple of chances to make it 3-2.

"Going from 2-0 in control, where previously we've been dominating and seeing out games, we bought it upon ourselves with two set plays where nobody was marking.

"It was all going to plan but we started to defend too deep, which is the old habit. We started to play in the wrong areas, which brought on the pressure.

"It was a matter of time before they reaped their rewards and in the end they fully deserved their point."

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90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:32

Unfair challenge on Chris Weale by Sanchez Watt results in a free kick. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:32 Booking

Booking Sanchez Watt is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:04

Centre by Freddie Sears, Sanchez Watt takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.

90:00 +2:44

Corner taken by Sanchez Watt from the right by-line to the near post.

90:00 +1:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Jones on John-Joe O'Toole. Michael Rose takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:16

Craig Eastmond takes a shot. Chris Weale makes a save.

89:43 Booking

Booking Lee Collins receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

89:16

Sanchez Watt fouled by Lee Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Rose.

88:40

Jon Taylor produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.

87:45

Foul by Lee Collins on Sanchez Watt, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Rose.

86:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Jones. Mark Cousins takes the indirect free kick.

85:59

Jon Taylor takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Karl Duguid.

84:45

Foul by Jon Taylor on Tom Eastman, free kick awarded. Mark Cousins takes the direct free kick.

83:46 Substitution

Substitution Freddie Sears comes on in place of Ian Henderson.

81:11

Jon Taylor provided the assist for the goal.

81:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Asa Hall - Shrewsbury 2 - 2 Colchester Asa Hall finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Shrewsbury 2-2 Colchester.

80:58

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon Taylor from the right by-line,

79:35

Asa Hall takes a shot. Mark Cousins makes a save.

78:50

Jon Taylor provided the assist for the goal.

78:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Asa Hall - Shrewsbury 1 - 2 Colchester Asa Hall finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Shrewsbury 1-2 Colchester.

78:20

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon Taylor from the right by-line,

77:07 Substitution

Substitution Asa Hall on for Matthew Richards.

76:56

Luke Summerfield has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

76:05

Michael Rose gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Taylor. Matthew Richards takes the free kick.

74:08

Ian Henderson has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

73:53

The ball is crossed by Michael Rose.

73:42

The ball is crossed by Ian Henderson.

72:54 Substitution

Substitution John-Joe O'Toole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcus Bean.

72:13

Marcus Bean crosses the ball, Jermaine Grandison manages to make a clearance.

71:24

The ball is swung over by Jon Taylor, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Matthew Richards misses to the right of the target.

70:00

Shot from just outside the box by Karl Duguid misses to the right of the goal.

68:58 Substitution

Substitution Robert Purdie replaces Joe Jacobson.

68:58

Paul Parry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Eastman. Mark Cousins takes the direct free kick.

68:30

The referee blows for offside. Joe Jacobson takes the free kick.

66:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Magnus Okuonghae on Jamie Proctor. Direct free kick taken by Jon Taylor.

65:25 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson is cautioned by the ref for dissent.

65:14

Unfair challenge on Jon Taylor by Marcus Bean results in a free kick. Joe Jacobson takes the free kick.

64:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Jones on Jabo Ibehre. Direct free kick taken by Michael Rose.

64:07

Jamie Proctor has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

63:15

Foul by Joe Jacobson on Sanchez Watt, free kick awarded. Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.

62:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Jones by Marcus Bean. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.

61:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Sanchez Watt - Shrewsbury 0 - 2 Colchester Sanchez Watt finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Shrewsbury 0-2 Colchester.

60:43

Unfair challenge on Matthew Richards by Craig Eastmond results in a free kick. Joe Jacobson takes the free kick.

59:34

Centre by Sanchez Watt, Lee Collins makes a clearance.

58:05

The ball is crossed by Jon Taylor.

57:16 Substitution

Substitution Gavin Massey leaves the field to be replaced by Sanchez Watt.

57:02

Jeremy Helan produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

55:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Rose on Jeremy Helan. Direct free kick taken by Joe Jacobson.

55:22

Brian Wilson takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.

54:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Bean by Matthew Richards. Brian Wilson takes the direct free kick.

53:54

Jon Taylor produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

53:35

The ball is sent over by Marcus Bean, save by Chris Weale.

52:02

The ball is sent over by Paul Parry, Brian Wilson makes a clearance.

50:07

Joe Jacobson takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins.

47:56

Shot from just outside the area by Luke Summerfield misses to the right of the target.

45:25

Unfair challenge on Craig Eastmond by Jamie Proctor results in a free kick. Magnus Okuonghae takes the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Collins by Jabo Ibehre. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.

44:51

Jamie Proctor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae. Mark Cousins takes the direct free kick.

43:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor by Magnus Okuonghae. Joe Jacobson takes the free kick.

41:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Rose by Jon Taylor. Free kick taken by Michael Rose.

40:07

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Proctor. Free kick taken by Mark Cousins.

39:18

Joe Jacobson fouled by Ian Henderson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Jacobson.

37:28

Jon Taylor crosses the ball, Close range header by Paul Parry goes wide of the left-hand post.

36:45

Shot from just outside the box by Brian Wilson goes over the bar.

36:23

The ball is sent over by Michael Rose, Chris Weale makes a save.

35:30

Centre by Ian Henderson, Lee Collins manages to make a clearance.

34:36

The ball is swung over by Ian Henderson, Jermaine Grandison makes a clearance.

32:44

The ball is crossed by Ian Henderson, save by Chris Weale.

32:11

The ball is crossed by Joe Jacobson, save made by Mark Cousins.

30:16

A cross is delivered by Jon Taylor, Jeremy Helan produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

28:35

A cross is delivered by Jon Taylor, Magnus Okuonghae makes a clearance.

28:08

Jon Taylor produces a cross, Craig Eastmond makes a clearance.

26:56

Jon Taylor produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

22:18

Darren Jones has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

21:46

The ball is crossed by Jon Taylor, Michael Rose manages to make a clearance.

20:49

Brian Wilson takes a shot. Save by Mark Cousins.

20:24

Michael Rose crosses the ball, Matthew Richards manages to make a clearance.

19:50

Jermaine Grandison delivers the ball.

19:32

A cross is delivered by Jeremy Helan.

18:34

Jamie Proctor crosses the ball.

17:29

Ian Henderson fouled by Joe Jacobson, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Wilson takes the free kick.

14:06

The ball is sent over by Joe Jacobson, save by Mark Cousins.

12:53

Outswinging corner taken by Karl Duguid from the right by-line, clearance by Luke Summerfield.

12:22

Gavin Massey delivers the ball, Lee Collins makes a clearance.

11:03

Jabo Ibehre is caught offside. Free kick taken by Joe Jacobson.

9:24

The offside flag is raised against Paul Parry. Magnus Okuonghae takes the free kick.

8:04

A cross is delivered by Jeremy Helan, Tom Eastman manages to make a clearance.

5:19

Ian Henderson has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

2:57

Assist by Michael Rose.

2:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Eastmond - Shrewsbury 0 - 1 Colchester A goal is scored by Craig Eastmond from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Shrewsbury 0-1 Colchester.

2:31

Luke Summerfield challenges Ian Henderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Rose takes the free kick.

0:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Bean by Jeremy Helan. Brian Wilson takes the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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