Stevenage recorded their biggest win of the season as they thrashed Colchester.

Robin Shroot put the visitors ahead with a tap-in before Chris Beardsley's 25-yarder made it 2-0.

The U's scored through Ian Henderson's header but Michael Bostwick's 30-yard effort and Scott Laird's chipped finish put Stevenage in total control.

Boro substitute Luke Freeman got the fifth with a powerful close-range strike and Joel Bryom finished off the rout after a fine individual run.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Colchester

  • 01 Williams
  • 03 Rose (Coker - 80' )
  • 04 Okuonghae Booked
  • 06 Heath
  • 20 Wilson
  • 08 O'Toole Booked (Gillespie - 73' )
  • 14 Bond
  • 23 James
  • 27 Duguid
  • 15 Odejayi
  • 16 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 18 Eastman
  • 25 White
  • 10 Izzet
  • 24 Coker
  • 09 Gillespie

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 02 Wilson
  • 03 Laird
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 25 Henry
  • 13 Byrom
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 32 Shroot (Freeman - 57' )
  • 18 Cowan (Edwards - 57' )
  • 20 Beardsley Booked (Harrison - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 06 Edwards
  • 22 Aneke
  • 15 Freeman
  • 26 Harrison
Ref: Graham
Att: 5,276

Match Stats

Shots

15 14

On target

10 10

Corners

4 5

Fouls

5 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:09 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:02

Lloyd James takes a corner.

89:20

Unfair challenge on Ian Henderson by Phil Edwards results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Steven Gillespie from the free kick, blocked by Byron Harrison.

87:48

Steven Gillespie takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.

86:22

Luke Freeman takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Matt Heath.

81:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Joel Byrom - Colchester 1 - 6 Stevenage A goal is scored by Joel Byrom from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 1-6 Stevenage.

80:09

Byron Harrison is caught offside. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

79:17 Substitution

Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Ben Coker coming on for Michael Rose.

76:11

Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

74:35 Substitution

Substitution Chris Beardsley leaves the field to be replaced by Byron Harrison.

72:46

The assist for the goal came from Joel Byrom.

72:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Freeman - Colchester 1 - 5 Stevenage A goal is scored by Luke Freeman from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-5 Stevenage.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution John-Joe O'Toole goes off and Steven Gillespie comes on.

70:54

Assist on the goal came from Michael Bostwick.

70:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Laird - Colchester 1 - 4 Stevenage Scott Laird scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-4 Stevenage.

70:16

Andy Bond handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Bostwick,

69:30

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luke Freeman, clearance by Kayode Odejayi.

67:30

Ian Henderson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

65:40

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Matt Heath gets a block in. Corner taken by Luke Freeman from the right by-line to the near post, save by Ben Williams.

63:49

The assist for the goal came from Scott Laird.

63:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Bostwick - Colchester 1 - 3 Stevenage Michael Bostwick finds the net with a goal from long distance to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 1-3 Stevenage.

61:42

Kayode Odejayi takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Bostwick.

60:58

Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

60:58 Booking

Booking Booking for Chris Beardsley.

60:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Heath by Chris Beardsley.

59:22

Indirect free kick taken by Chris Day.

59:22 Booking

Booking John-Joe O'Toole goes into the book.

58:36

Michael Bostwick fouled by John-Joe O'Toole, the ref awards a free kick.

57:29

Luke Freeman takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Kayode Odejayi.

56:08 Substitution

Substitution Luke Freeman is brought on as a substitute for Robin Shroot.

56:08 Substitution

Substitution Don Cowan goes off and Phil Edwards comes on.

54:09

Foul by Ronnie Henry on Karl Duguid, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Lloyd James from the free kick.

50:43

Assist on the goal came from Karl Duguid.

50:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Henderson - Colchester 1 - 2 Stevenage Ian Henderson scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-2 Stevenage.

50:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Beardsley on Magnus Okuonghae. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

49:33

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

48:51

The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Beardsley. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

47:14

Michael Bostwick produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

46:33

Chris Beardsley takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

45:18

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lloyd James, Header from deep inside the penalty area by John-Joe O'Toole goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:20

Unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae by Don Cowan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

39:30

Free kick taken by Scott Laird.

39:30 Booking

Booking Magnus Okuonghae shown a yellow card.

39:25

Magnus Okuonghae gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Don Cowan.

38:57

Corner taken by Lloyd James from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

38:29

Andy Bond takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

37:39

Andy Bond produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

37:06

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lloyd James, clearance made by Jon Ashton.

35:30

John-Joe O'Toole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin Shroot. Shot on goal comes in from Michael Bostwick from the free kick, blocked by Brian Wilson.

34:40

Ian Henderson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

34:13

Kayode Odejayi fouled by Ronnie Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Lloyd James restarts play with the free kick.

28:21

Header from deep inside the area by Chris Beardsley goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

27:56

Corner from right by-line taken by Robin Shroot.

27:41

Chris Beardsley takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Rose.

24:34

Don Cowan provided the assist for the goal.

24:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Beardsley - Colchester 0 - 2 Stevenage Chris Beardsley fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 0-2 Stevenage.

23:15

Don Cowan fouled by Magnus Okuonghae, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Joel Byrom.

21:18

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

20:55

Andy Bond takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.

16:47

Joel Byrom concedes a free kick for a foul on Kayode Odejayi. Strike on goal comes in from Andy Bond from the free kick, Don Cowan gets a block in.

10:08

Kayode Odejayi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Day takes the indirect free kick.

8:26

Assist by Chris Beardsley.

8:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Robin Shroot - Colchester 0 - 1 Stevenage Goal scored by Robin Shroot from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 0-1 Stevenage.

6:18

Kayode Odejayi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Day takes the free kick.

4:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by John-Joe O'Toole on Ronnie Henry. Ronnie Henry takes the indirect free kick.

1:20

Lawrie Wilson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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