Match ends, Stevenage 0, Colchester United 1.
Dino Maamria's first game in charge of Stevenage ended in defeat after Colchester United claimed a 1-0 victory at the Lamex.
Mikael Mandron's well-taken first-half strike gave the U's their first victory in six matches and extended the hosts' winless run to four games.
Sammie Szmodics' snap-shot flashed inches wide early on for Colchester, while at the other end Alex Revell's downward header was gathered easily by keeper Sam Walker.
Colchester grabbed a 27th-minute winner through Mandron, who expertly turned home Kane Vincent-Young's cross into a crowded area to give the visitors the lead.
Szmodics almost made it 2-0 when he drove a low shot inches wide of the far post and Mandron's near post header was gathered by Stevenage keeper Tom King as Colchester deservedly went in ahead at half-time.
Revell's spectacular effort from a tight angle flew just over early in the second half but Stevenage struggled to create opportunities after that.
And although substitute Luke Amos' half-volley from 25 yards flashed just wide, Colchester claimed a narrow win.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2SmithSubstituted forWhiteat 76'minutes
- 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forConlonat 61'minutes
- 11GoddardSubstituted forAmosat 45'minutesBooked at 80mins
- 7WrightSubstituted forMurrayat 72'minutes
- 17StevensonSubstituted forComleyat 84'minutes
- 11DickensonSubstituted forMandevilleat 88'minutes
- Graham Salisbury
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Colchester United 1.
Foul by Luke Prosser (Colchester United).
Tom Conlon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Luke Amos.
Substitution, Colchester United. Liam Mandeville replaces Brennan Dickenson.
Substitution, Colchester United. Brandon Comley replaces Ben Stevenson.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Luke Prosser.
Luke Amos (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Luke Amos (Stevenage).
Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Luke Amos (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Substitution, Stevenage. Joe White replaces Jonathan Smith.
Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jack King.
Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).
Attempt saved. Danny Newton (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Colchester United. Sean Murray replaces Drey Wright.
Foul by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).