League Two
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Colchester United 3-0 Cheltenham Town

Colchester produced a dominant performance to beat visitors Cheltenham 3-0 and move into League Two's play-off places.

Kane Vincent-Young and Frank Nouble made it 2-0 before half-time and Abo Eisa added a third 11 minutes into the second half.

Scott Flinders foiled Courtney Senior before Colchester took the lead on the half hour through Vincent-Young, who ran at the Cheltenham defence from just inside the visitors' half and scored with a superb low shot from 25 yards.

Eisa almost doubled the hosts' lead when he played a good one-two with Frank Nouble before letting fly with an effort that Flinders scrambled away for a corner.

Flinders then denied Eisa again before Nouble doubled Colchester's advantage two minutes before half-time when he collected Sammie Szmodics' pass in the area and beat a defender before smashing a shot high into the far corner of the net.

And Colchester extended their lead early in the second half when Senior's breathtaking run into the area saw him unselfishly square the ball to Eisa, who converted from close range.

Cheltenham offered little in response, as the U's claimed a comprehensive win.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 25Gilmartin
  • 2Jackson
  • 6Kent
  • 5Prosser
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 8PellSubstituted forLapslieat 12'minutesSubstituted forMandronat 84'minutes
  • 24StevensonBooked at 83mins
  • 7Senior
  • 45Nouble
  • 10Szmodics
  • 39EisaSubstituted forDickensonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barnes
  • 4Lapslie
  • 9Norris
  • 11Dickenson
  • 15Roberts
  • 18Eastman
  • 19Mandron

Cheltenham

  • 1Flinders
  • 24Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 23ForsterBooked at 90mins
  • 11BroomSubstituted forBarnettat 58'minutes
  • 26ClementsSubstituted forMaddoxat 72'minutes
  • 8DawsonBooked at 79mins
  • 25Tillson
  • 3Hussey
  • 32Varney
  • 27BinghamSubstituted forWatersat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Thomas
  • 9Duku
  • 20Maddox
  • 21Waters
  • 22Lovett
  • 28Pring
  • 29Barnett
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
3,026

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home9
Away0
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 3, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 3, Cheltenham Town 0.

Hand ball by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jordon Forster.

Booking

Jordon Forster (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordon Forster (Cheltenham Town).

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

Foul by Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Mikael Mandron replaces Tom Lapslie.

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

Foul by Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town).

Booking

Ben Stevenson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Stevenson (Colchester United).

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Stevenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town).

Hand ball by Tyrone Barnett (Cheltenham Town).

Booking

Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jacob Maddox replaces Chris Clements.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Tyrone Barnett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Billy Waters replaces Rakish Bingham.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brennan Dickenson replaces Abobaker Eisa.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Kane Vincent-Young.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Clements.

Attempt blocked. Abobaker Eisa (Colchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Abobaker Eisa (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Tyrone Barnett replaces Ryan Broom.

Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Cheltenham Town 0. Abobaker Eisa (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Courtney Senior.

Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City311710455312461
2Mansfield321513448252358
3Bury32169762392357
4Colchester321571052351752
5Carlisle311641149361352
6Forest Green311312647301751
7Exeter31149843311251
8MK Dons31148949321750
9Stevenage32145133640-447
10Tranmere31129104540545
11Grimsby32134153639-343
12Swindon311110103641-543
13Newport30127113948-943
14Oldham30119104537842
15Crewe31126133640-442
16Northampton32814104145-438
17Crawley32114173646-1037
18Cheltenham3198143648-1235
19Cambridge31105162950-2135
20Port Vale3189142738-1133
21Yeovil3179153139-830
22Morecambe3178163250-1829
23Macclesfield3277183354-2128
24Notts County31510163261-2925
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