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Colchester United 2-0 Cheltenham Town

Colchester extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with a 2-0 win over struggling Cheltenham.

Goals from Tom Eastman and Brennan Dickenson lifted Colchester to within two points of the League Two play-offs.

Cheltenham goalkeeper Russell Griffiths twice denied Chris Porter early on, before Colchester made a 10th-minute breakthrough through Eastman, who headed home Owen Garvan's floated free-kick.

Cheltenham had penalty claims rejected midway through the first half after debutant Diego De Girolamo tumbled under Frankie Kent's challenge in the area.

Colchester almost doubled their lead six minutes before half-time when Porter fired straight at Griffiths from a good position.

After De Girolamo twice went close for the visitors after the break, Griffiths brilliantly palmed over Craig Slater's goalbound free-kick while Jordan Cranston hacked Dickenson's off the line.

Colchester keeper Sam Walker made a magnificent save to deny Billy Waters midway through the second half.

Waters fired inches wide for the Robins with 15 minutes remaining but Colchester wrapped up victory with six minutes to go when Dickenson lashed home from just inside the area, after Porter had set him up.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 18Eastman
  • 6Kent
  • 15Elokobi
  • 2BrindleySubstituted forWrightat 75'minutes
  • 4LapslieBooked at 38mins
  • 22Garvan
  • 11Dickenson
  • 24SlaterSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 81'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forBonneat 90+1'minutes
  • 28Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 19Bonne
  • 25Barnes
  • 30Doyley
  • 31Fosu-Henry

Cheltenham

  • 1Griffiths
  • 28DickieBooked at 29mins
  • 23Onariase
  • 24O'Shaughnessy
  • 17Cranston
  • 8Waters
  • 7PellBooked at 37mins
  • 18Rowe
  • 10Morgan-SmithSubstituted forDaytonat 64'minutes
  • 30HolmanSubstituted forWrightat 64'minutes
  • 36De GirolamoSubstituted forMunnsat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Barthram
  • 4Storer
  • 6Parslow
  • 9Wright
  • 11Munns
  • 12Kitscha
  • 21Dayton
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
3,840

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).

Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Chris Porter.

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by George Elokobi.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United).

James Rowe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jack Munns replaces Diego De Girolamo.

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Cheltenham Town 0. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Porter.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tarique Fosu-Henry replaces Craig Slater.

Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Dayton (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Diego De Girolamo (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Richard Brindley.

Attempt missed. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Craig Slater (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by James Rowe (Cheltenham Town).

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

Foul by James Rowe (Cheltenham Town).

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt saved. Diego De Girolamo (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Daniel O'Shaughnessy.

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Dayton replaces Amari Morgan-Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Daniel Wright replaces Dan Holman.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Tom Lapslie.

Attempt blocked. Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Russell Griffiths.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster24154546311549
2Plymouth24153637251248
3Carlisle241210245311446
4Portsmouth24126637221542
5Wycombe2412573226641
6Luton24108634221238
7Cambridge2411583526938
8Colchester2410683629736
9Barnet249963333036
10Blackpool2497836251134
11Exeter24103113327633
12Grimsby249693228433
13Crawley2495103038-832
14Yeovil2486102528-330
15Stevenage2493123539-430
16Mansfield247982329-630
17Crewe2461082431-728
18Hartlepool246993342-927
19Morecambe2383122741-1427
20Leyton Orient2474132634-825
21Accrington2467112331-825
22Notts County2464142744-1722
23Cheltenham2449112437-1321
24Newport2345142741-1417
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