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Colchester United 2-0 Port Vale

Two first-half goals helped hosts Colchester hand Port Vale their first defeat of the League Two season.

Colchester went ahead in the eighth minute through Courtney Senior, who collected possession midway inside the Vale half and exchanged passes with Brennan Dickenson before slotting low past Scott Brown.

U's goalkeeper Dillon Barnes saved Tom Pope's header at his near post before Ryan Jackson doubled Colchester's lead midway through the first half when he fired past Brown from 12 yards, following Sammie Szmodics' superb back-heel.

Barnes saved Ricky Miller's free-kick and Nathan Smith hooked a close-range shot wide for Vale before half-time and Luke Hannant curled a shot just wide of the far post in the opening seconds of the second half.

But Frank Nouble fired three good opportunities over in the space of five minutes as Colchester pressed.

Barnes denied Leon Legge with 15 minutes remaining and Brown saved from Colchester's Aaron Collins late on as the home side claimed a first win of the season.

Report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Barnes
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Kent
  • 6Prosser
  • 22Vincent-YoungSubstituted forCollinsat 75'minutes
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forComleyat 83'minutes
  • 4Lapslie
  • 8Pell
  • 11DickensonBooked at 53mins
  • 10Szmodics
  • 45NoubleSubstituted forMandronat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Norris
  • 14Comley
  • 16Wright
  • 18Eastman
  • 19Mandron
  • 29Ross
  • 39Collins

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2GibbonsSubstituted forLeggeat 64'minutes
  • 15Smith
  • 13RawlinsonBooked at 39mins
  • 3Montaño
  • 7WorrallBooked at 42mins
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 4Joyce
  • 11HannantSubstituted forQuigleyat 70'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 9PopeSubstituted forDoddsat 41'minutes
  • 10Miller

Substitutes

  • 5Legge
  • 12Hornby
  • 14Quigley
  • 17Kanu
  • 18Tonge
  • 19Dodds
  • 21Vassell
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
3,183

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Port Vale 0.

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Quigley (Port Vale).

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

Foul by David Worrall (Port Vale).

Booking

Scott Quigley (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Scott Quigley (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Aaron Collins (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brandon Comley replaces Courtney Senior.

Aaron Collins (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Joyce (Port Vale).

Hand ball by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Leon Legge (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Aaron Collins replaces Kane Vincent-Young.

Foul by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Dodds (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Scott Quigley replaces Luke Hannant.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Mikael Mandron replaces Frank Nouble.

Courtney Senior (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connell Rawlinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Leon Legge replaces James Gibbons.

Courtney Senior (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale).

Courtney Senior (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Courtney Senior (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Hannant (Port Vale).

Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Louis Dodds (Port Vale).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connell Rawlinson.

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

Courtney Senior (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter22005146
2Lincoln City22005146
3MK Dons22003126
4Forest Green21105234
5Mansfield21105234
6Stevenage21105324
7Colchester21102024
8Tranmere21103214
9Crewe21016153
10Port Vale21013213
11Bury21011103
12Grimsby210134-13
13Crawley210123-13
14Swindon210146-23
15Cambridge210135-23
16Newport210113-23
17Northampton201123-11
18Notts County201123-11
19Oldham201123-11
20Yeovil201123-11
21Carlisle201135-21
22Cheltenham200202-20
23Macclesfield200225-30
24Morecambe200208-80
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