Match ends, Colchester United 2, Hartlepool United 1.
Colchester boosted their play-off hopes with a win over struggling Hartlepool.
Pools goalkeeper Joe Fryer made an 11th-minute save to deny Brennan Dickenson, who also fired straight at Fryer midway through the first half.
Chris Porter had an effort disallowed for offside and Sean Murray's deflected effort whistled just over for Colchester, for whom George Elokobi came close to converting at the far post before half-time.
Pools striker Padraig Amond steered Brad Walker's curled ball into the area over from close range early in the second half.
But Colchester went ahead just after the hour mark when Kurtis Guthrie headed home Richard Brindley's cross at the near post after a fine attacking move.
Porter doubled Colchester's lead from the penalty spot with 12 minutes remaining after Guthrie had been fouled by Liam Donnelly in the area.
Pools halved the deficit four minutes later through Nathan Thomas, who burst into the area and planted a low shot past Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker, but the hosts held on.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2BrindleySubstituted forWrightat 71'minutesBooked at 85mins
- 11DickensonBooked at 29mins
- 28GuthrieSubstituted forPykeat 90+2'minutes
- 9PorterSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 80'minutes
- 14WoodsBooked at 57mins
- 15AlessandraSubstituted forHawkinsat 80'minutes
- 11OatesSubstituted forRooneyat 80'minutes
- Ben Toner
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Hartlepool United 1.
Foul by Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United).
Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Colchester United. Rekeil Pyke replaces Kurtis Guthrie because of an injury.
Delay in match Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.
Drey Wright (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Fryer.
Attempt saved. Drey Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.
Goal! Colchester United 2, Hartlepool United 1. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Colchester United. Tarique Fosu-Henry replaces Chris Porter.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Lewis Alessandra.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Louis Rooney replaces Rhys Oates.
Goal! Colchester United 2, Hartlepool United 0. Chris Porter (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.
Penalty Colchester United. Kurtis Guthrie draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) after a foul in the penalty area.