A brace from Colchester striker Ian Henderson was enough to confirm Bristol Rovers' relegation from League One.

Henderson put the U's in front before the half-hour mark after Kayode Odejayi had headed Lloyd James' cross back across goal.

And just two minutes later he added a second after wriggling past Ben Swallow to shoot past Conrad Logan.

Rovers scored a second-half consolation when substitute Eliot Richards headed in Gavin Williams' free-kick.

The U's secured a 10th place finish with their first ever double over Pirates, while the result relegates Bristol Rovers after four straight seasons in League One.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Colchester

  • 01 Williams
  • 03 Beevers
  • 20 Wilson
  • 25 White
  • 28 Heath
  • 08 O'Toole (Sanderson - 81' )
  • 14 Bond (Izzet - 89' )
  • 26 James
  • 07 Vincent
  • 15 Odejayi
  • 16 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 12 Cousins
  • 06 N Clarke
  • 34 Bender
  • 10 Izzet
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 24 Coker
  • 33 Sanderson

Bristol Rovers

  • 36 Logan
  • 15 Anthony Booked
  • 21 Clough
  • 37 Senda
  • 04 Lines
  • 14 Brown (Richard - 62' )
  • 22 Pell (Clarke - 88' )
  • 23 Swallow
  • 34 Kalala
  • 35 Williams
  • 08 Hoskins (Lambe - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Green
  • 19 Lambe
  • 20 Reece
  • 24 Clarke
  • 28 Powell
  • 29 Jeffries
  • 18 Richard
Ref: Webb
Att: 4,759

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

5 3

Corners

4 3

Fouls

4 3

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:39 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

88:37 Substitution

Substitution Kemal Izzet on for Andy Bond.

88:00 Substitution

Substitution Reggie Lambe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Will Hoskins.

88:00 Substitution

Substitution Ollie Clarke comes on in place of Harry Pell.

87:19

Matt Heath challenges Will Hoskins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Lines shoots direct from the free kick.

82:33

Outswinging corner taken by Lloyd James, clearance made by Danny Senda.

80:04 Substitution

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

78:42

Handball by Harry Pell. Lloyd James restarts play with the free kick.

78:03

Will Hoskins produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

71:28

The assist for the goal came from Danny Senda.

71:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Eliot Richards - Colchester 2 - 1 Bristol R Goal scored by Eliot Richards from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 2-1 Bristol Rovers.

70:41

Close range header by John-Joe O'Toole misses to the right of the target.

69:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Will Hoskins. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

68:04

Corner taken by Gavin Williams played to the near post, clearance by Matt Heath.

66:19

John-Joe O'Toole takes a shot. Clearance by Charlie Clough.

65:31

Chris Lines takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

64:07

Eliot Richards takes a shot. Ben Williams gets a block in.

61:24 Substitution

Substitution Eliot Richards joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wayne Brown.

60:17

Ben Swallow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kayode Odejayi. Free kick taken by Brian Wilson.

58:25

Shot from just outside the area by Andy Bond goes over the bar.

57:54

Gavin Williams takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ben Williams.

56:17

Effort on goal by Gavin Williams from just inside the area clears the bar.

54:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Heath on Ben Swallow. Free kick taken by Chris Lines.

52:08

Lloyd James fouled by Harry Pell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Heath.

50:45

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Conrad Logan.

46:52

Effort on goal by Chris Lines from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

45:49

Chris Lines has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:41

Lee Beevers challenges Chris Lines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Conrad Logan.

45:00 +1:15

Corner taken right-footed by Lloyd James.

45:00 +0:04

Corner taken right-footed by Wayne Brown to the near post, Brian Wilson manages to make a clearance.

44:24

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Wayne Brown, clearance by Matt Heath.

42:36

Andy Bond has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

39:11

Brian Wilson has an effort direct from the free kick.

39:11 Booking

Booking Byron Anthony is cautioned.

39:03

Byron Anthony challenges John White unfairly and gives away a free kick.

37:59

Unfair challenge on Will Hoskins by Matt Heath results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Swallow.

35:15

The referee blows for offside against Gavin Williams. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

34:28

Effort from deep inside the area by Kayode Odejayi clears the bar.

31:41

The offside flag is raised against Will Hoskins. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

29:42

Assist on the goal came from Ashley Vincent.

29:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Henderson - Colchester 2 - 0 Bristol R Ian Henderson fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 2-0 Bristol Rovers.

28:48

Ben Swallow has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

27:12

Assist by Kayode Odejayi.

27:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Henderson - Colchester 1 - 0 Bristol R Ian Henderson scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-0 Bristol Rovers.

26:12

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Conrad Logan.

24:01

Ashley Vincent takes a shot. Conrad Logan makes a save.

16:13

Corner taken by Lloyd James from the right by-line, Lee Beevers has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

15:00

Outswinging corner taken by Lloyd James from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Matt Heath goes wide of the left-hand post.

12:27

The official flags John-Joe O'Toole offside. Free kick taken by Conrad Logan.

8:39

Harry Pell is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

2:47

John-Joe O'Toole takes a shot. Conrad Logan makes a save.

0:13

Handball decision goes against John-Joe O'Toole. Conrad Logan takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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