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Colchester United 2-3 Exeter City

Exeter edged a five-goal thriller to beat Colchester and end the hosts' unbeaten home record.

The Grecians went ahead in the eighth minute through Robbie Simpson's close-range effort, after Jordan Moore-Taylor's header had hit a post following a free-kick.

Simpson should have scored again soon after when he blasted over from 10 yards following Jack Stacey's pass.

And two minutes later, Colchester equalised when Sammie Szmodics converted after Luke Prosser had headed a free-kick back across goal.

Colchester keeper Sam Walker denied Jake Taylor before Colchester went ahead seven minutes before half-time through Kurtis Guthrie, who deftly headed in Brennan Dickenson's corner.

But Exeter equalised five minutes after the break through Ollie Watkins' fine low shot from the edge of the area, and Joel Grant restored Exeter's lead midway through the second half when he slid in to convert Stacey's cross at the far post.

Bobby Olejnik denied Prosser and Tarique Fosu and Szmodics hit the outside of a post late on as Exeter claimed victory.

REACTION: Colchester manager John McGreal speaks to BBC Essex

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2Brindley
  • 18Eastman
  • 5ProsserBooked at 8mins
  • 33KinsellaBooked at 25minsSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 79'minutes
  • 7WrightSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 61'minutes
  • 4Lapslie
  • 28Guthrie
  • 11Dickenson
  • 10Szmodics
  • 9PorterSubstituted forJohnstoneat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 17Johnstone
  • 21Sembie-Ferris
  • 25Barnes
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 44Wright

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31Sweeney
  • 26AmpaduBooked at 54minsSubstituted forGrantat 64'minutes
  • 29CrollSubstituted forBrownat 76'minutes
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 7Harley
  • 4James
  • 25Taylor
  • 28StaceyBooked at 41mins
  • 8SimpsonSubstituted forOakleyat 83'minutes
  • 14Watkins

Substitutes

  • 12Grant
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 22Butterfield
  • 23Riley-Lowe
  • 30Pym
  • 39Brown
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
3,364

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Exeter City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Exeter City 3.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ollie Watkins.

Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Exeter City).

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

Foul by Dion Sembie-Ferris (Colchester United).

Joel Grant (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

Jack Stacey (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Prosser (Colchester United).

Troy Brown (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Dion Sembie-Ferris (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Oakley replaces Robbie Simpson.

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

Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Luke Prosser (Colchester United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Lewis Kinsella.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Troy Brown replaces Luke Croll because of an injury.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Denny Johnstone replaces Chris Porter.

Attempt missed. Luke Croll (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Exeter City 3. Joel Grant (Exeter City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Stacey.

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Croll (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Joel Grant replaces Ethan Ampadu.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton6411145913
2Morecambe640297212
3Plymouth640265112
4Portsmouth632173411
5Mansfield632176111
6Doncaster6312107310
7Leyton Orient631296310
8Colchester6312108210
9Carlisle624075210
10Crewe62318809
11Blackpool62227438
12Notts County62229908
13Crawley622258-38
14Grimsby6213131127
15Stevenage62131213-17
16Barnet51315416
17Cheltenham61325506
18Exeter620469-36
19Hartlepool61321015-56
20Newport512278-15
21Accrington6123811-35
22Wycombe612349-55
23Yeovil6114410-64
24Cambridge603339-63
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