Notts County moved out of the League One relegation zone after a comfortable win over Colchester United.

Ronan Murray gave the home side an early lead when he broke clear and finished under U's keeper Sam Walker.

Haydn Hollis headed in his third goal in three games in first-half injury time from Alan Sheehan's free-kick as the Magpies took control of the game.

The U's had their opportunities as Freddie Sears's effort hit the post, while Notts' Jimmy Spencer went close.

Shaun Derry's Magpies are out the drop zone on goal difference, level with four teams now on 40 points and they are a place and three points behind Colchester.

Notts County boss Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"If I'm honest I was hoping for seven points but to get the nine from the last three games is fantastic.

"We are still in a relegation battle though. The home games will be key, we need the support like we got today.

"Ronan is in a bit of form, he's got a bit of confidence and it's helping us. Everyone is working together though at the moment and that is what's important."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"We can control how individually and collectively we take responsibility for when games start. Once again we've given them a start.

"After that I think we dominated the first half, I think we've had as many shots, we've hit the post again twice - we're a hard-luck story at the moment.

"Overall, results are not great at the moment but we have to keep believing.

"The statistics will tell us that we are getting into good areas and we are getting opportunities. What we have to do is take them."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 24 Vela
  • 12 Mullins
  • 26 Hollis
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 04 Liddle
  • 16 Spencer
  • 19 Murray
  • 07 Grealish (Tyson - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Leacock
  • 08 McGregor
  • 21 Thompson
  • 23 Speiss
  • 28 Boucaud
  • 32 Dixon
  • 39 Tyson

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 03 Dickson
  • 25 Vose (Morrison - 61' )
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 02 Wright
  • 15 Bean (Massey - 55' )
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 11 Sears
  • 22 Gilbey (Eastmond - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 09 Morrison
  • 21 Massey
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 39 Sesay
  • 40 Szmodics
Ref: Lee Collins
Att: 5,230

Match Stats

Shots

14 24

On target

6 5

Corners

10 9

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Notts County 2, Colchester United 0.

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Colchester United 0.

88:16

Attempt saved. Gary Liddle (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:02

Attempt blocked. Gary Liddle (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

86:59

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

86:50

Attempt saved. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86:21

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Haydn Hollis.

84:16

Gary Liddle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:16

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

83:51

Attempt blocked. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

83:32

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

83:23

Attempt blocked. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:14

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:44

Attempt missed. Haydn Hollis (Notts County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

82:25

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

81:55

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

81:21

Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

80:21

Attempt blocked. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Nathan Tyson replaces Jack Grealish.

77:03

Attempt blocked. James Spencer (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

76:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Alex Gilbey.

74:43

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

74:21

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

73:39

Foul by Hayden Mullins (Notts County).

73:39

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:56

Foul by Gary Liddle (Notts County).

72:56

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:50

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:50

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

71:09

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

68:57

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

67:11

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:11

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

66:29

Attempt missed. Gary Liddle (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

65:51

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

64:51

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:51

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

62:29

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

62:10

Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County).

62:10

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:35

Hayden Mullins (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:35

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

60:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Dominic Vose.

59:52

Attempt missed. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

54:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Marcus Bean.

53:55

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

53:46

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

52:25

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

52:17

Attempt blocked. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

50:51

Hand ball by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

50:05

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

49:28

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:28

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

48:14

Attempt missed. James Spencer (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

48:00

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

45:41

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Sam Walker.

45:33

Attempt saved. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Notts County 2, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +2:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Notts County 2, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +1:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 2, Colchester United 0. Haydn Hollis (Notts County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Sheehan.

45:00 +0:42 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:38

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

45:00 +0:38

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:22

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

42:52

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

42:52

Haydn Hollis (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:41

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:41

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

41:08

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

39:42

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

39:15

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

38:36

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

38:29

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

38:09

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:46

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

37:46

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:16

Attempt missed. Haydn Hollis (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

34:13

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

32:43

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:43

Foul by Ronan Murray (Notts County).

31:18

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

27:24

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

27:24

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:28

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

25:28

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:37

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

18:51

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

18:24

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

18:16

Freddie Sears (Colchester United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

17:23

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

17:14

Attempt blocked. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

16:18

Attempt saved. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

15:14

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

15:00

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:59

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

14:34

Attempt blocked. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:08

Attempt blocked. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:08

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

6:57

Attempt saved. Gary Liddle (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

6:26

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

4:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 1, Colchester United 0. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

2:14

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:14

Foul by Ronan Murray (Notts County).

1:38

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

1:38

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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