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Port Vale 0-3 Colchester United

Harry Pell's double inspired promotion-chasing Colchester to an impressive win away at struggling Port Vale in League Two.

John McGreal's men were ahead after five minutes when Courtney Senior's right-footed shot from range deflected into the bottom right-corner of the net and beyond Scott Brown.

The visiting U's doubled their lead after 18 minutes as Pell, unmarked at the far post following a set-piece, drove right-footed across goal into the bottom-left corner.

Searching for a route back into the contest, Neil Aspin's hosts saw Tom Pope's header saved by Rene Gilmartin and Ben Whitfield's effort hit the post before the break, while Antony Kay headed over after the restart.

Pell completed his brace after 69 minutes at a rain-soaked Vale Park, thumping the ball from outside the penalty area to pick out the top corner and seal an emphatic win for the rampant Essex side.

Colchester remain in fourth position in the fourth tier after collecting maximum points in Staffordshire, while lowly Vale are 19th and just five points above the relegation zone.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2GibbonsBooked at 33mins
  • 15Smith
  • 5Legge
  • 23ClarkSubstituted forVassellat 86'minutes
  • 6Kay
  • 4JoyceSubstituted forMillerat 69'minutes
  • 11Hannant
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 9PopeSubstituted forDoddsat 71'minutes
  • 24Whitfield

Substitutes

  • 10Miller
  • 12Hornby
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 16Pugh
  • 19Dodds
  • 21Vassell
  • 22Conlon

Colchester

  • 25Gilmartin
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Prosser
  • 18Eastman
  • 11Dickenson
  • 4Lapslie
  • 8Pell
  • 7SeniorBooked at 72minsSubstituted forComleyat 77'minutes
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forGondohat 90'minutes
  • 45NoubleSubstituted forNorrisat 81'minutes
  • 19Mandron

Substitutes

  • 1Barnes
  • 9Norris
  • 14Comley
  • 16Wright
  • 23Gondoh
  • 33Dunne
  • 35Kensdale
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
3,636

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 0, Colchester United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Colchester United 3.

Foul by Ben Whitfield (Port Vale).

Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Ryan Gondoh replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Theo Vassell replaces Mitchell Clark because of an injury.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mitchell Clark.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Norris replaces Frank Nouble.

Attempt saved. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Ricky Miller (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brandon Comley replaces Courtney Senior.

Attempt missed. Harry Pell (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Antony Kay (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Port Vale).

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

Booking

Courtney Senior (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke Hannant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Courtney Senior (Colchester United).

Foul by Luke Hannant (Port Vale).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Tom Pope.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 0, Colchester United 3. Harry Pell (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ricky Miller replaces Luke Joyce.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Courtney Senior (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Attempt blocked. Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Antony Kay (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Ben Whitfield (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Luke Joyce (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins Port Vale 0, Colchester United 2.

Half Time

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

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

Foul by Mitchell Clark (Port Vale).

Foul by Leon Legge (Port Vale).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City26157447262152
2Bury28147753322149
3MK Dons26138544232147
4Colchester28137842301246
5Mansfield261112337201745
6Carlisle281431145351045
7Forest Green261111439251444
8Exeter27128738281044
9Tranmere2711974133842
10Stevenage28125113335-241
11Oldham2710984033739
12Swindon2891093137-637
13Newport26106103745-836
14Crewe28105133036-635
15Grimsby27104132934-534
16Northampton2771283535033
17Crawley27103143440-633
18Cheltenham2778123241-929
19Port Vale2778122636-1029
20Cambridge2885152547-2229
21Morecambe2877142844-1628
22Yeovil2669112832-427
23Macclesfield2866162544-1924
24Notts County2849152957-2821
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