Match ends, Colchester United 1, Accrington Stanley 2.
Billy Kee grabbed the winner as Accrington came from behind to beat Colchester 2-1.
The home side went close in the fourth minute when Tarique Fosu saw a shot cleared off the line by Matty Pearson.
But the U's took the lead three minutes later when Fosu picked out Drey Wright and he found the net with a fine low effort from 25 yards.
Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker denied Pearson but both Wright and Richard Brindley came close to doubling the U's lead before half-time.
However, Accrington equalised just before the hour when Romy Boco ran from inside his own half and planted a low shot past Walker via a deflection after a home attack had broken down.
And Stanley scored the winner 10 minutes later through Kee, who tapped home from three yards after skipper Scott Brown had got clear in the area and picked him out.
Brown was sent off in stoppage time after receiving a second yellow card, but the visitors held out for victory.
Report supplied by the Press Assocation.
- 24SlaterBooked at 50mins
- 28GuthrieSubstituted forAkinwandeat 72'minutes
- 31Fosu-HenrySubstituted forDickensonat 75'minutes
- 9PorterBooked at 23minsSubstituted forJohnstoneat 65'minutes
- 6VynerSubstituted forGornellat 62'minutesBooked at 83mins
- 8BrownBooked at 90mins
- 17LaceyBooked at 24minsSubstituted forHewittat 90+6'minutes
- 11McConvilleBooked at 55mins
- Graham Horwood
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Accrington Stanley 2.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Steven Hewitt replaces Paddy Lacey because of an injury.
Hand ball by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).
Second yellow card to Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) for a bad foul.
Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley).
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Matty Pearson.
Attempt blocked. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).
Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Luke Prosser (Colchester United).
Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Sam Walker (Colchester United).
Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Paddy Lacey (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Lewis Kinsella (Colchester United).
Substitution, Colchester United. Brennan Dickenson replaces Tarique Fosu-Henry.
Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.