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Colchester United 0-3 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green returned to winning ways in style, recording a 3-0 victory at fellow play-off hopefuls Colchester.

Mark Cooper's side went into the match on the back of three straight defeats but they deserved their victory.

After Colchester's Ben Stevenson had gone close, Forest Green took a 21st-minute lead through Liam Shephard who lashed home after Reece Brown had burst down the left and picked him out.

And the visitors went further ahead 12 minutes later when Shephard raced down the right and found Brown, who slotted home low to make it 2-0.

Frank Nouble's fierce effort was parried away by Rovers keeper Lewis Ward at his near post on the hour mark, as Colchester looked to reduce the deficit.

Ward denied Stevenson before Rovers added a third through Christian Doidge with nine minutes remaining when he finished from close range after Brown's assist had broken the offside trap.

Nouble was dismissed after picking up a second booking with five minutes to go, as Forest Green claimed a big win.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 25Gilmartin
  • 2Jackson
  • 6Kent
  • 18Eastman
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 24StevensonSubstituted forEisaat 79'minutes
  • 10Szmodics
  • 7Senior
  • 45NoubleBooked at 85mins
  • 19MandronSubstituted forDickensonat 58'minutes
  • 9Norris

Substitutes

  • 1Barnes
  • 5Prosser
  • 11Dickenson
  • 15Roberts
  • 16Wright
  • 27Chilvers
  • 39Eisa

Forest Green

  • 34WardBooked at 40mins
  • 2ShephardSubstituted forGodwin-Malifeat 84'minutes
  • 23Mills
  • 16Gunning
  • 6Rawson
  • 10Brown
  • 7Winchester
  • 5CollinsSubstituted forJamesat 58'minutes
  • 19McGinley
  • 26ReidSubstituted forScobleat 74'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 4James
  • 8Grubb
  • 11Williams
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Scoble
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
2,871

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 0, Forest Green Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Forest Green Rovers 3.

Hand ball by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Udoka Godwin-Malife replaces Liam Shephard.

Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0, Forest Green Rovers 3. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Abobaker Eisa replaces Ben Stevenson.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Junior Mondal replaces Reuben Reid.

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Courtney Senior (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lewis Ward.

Attempt saved. Ben Stevenson (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brennan Dickenson replaces Mikael Mandron.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Lloyd James replaces Lee Collins because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

Second Half

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Foul by Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Mikael Mandron.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City372112465353075
2Bury372010771413070
3Mansfield371714654302465
4MK Dons371981061392265
5Tranmere3717101054421261
6Forest Green3715121054381657
7Colchester371691257431457
8Carlisle37175155648856
9Exeter3615101147371055
10Stevenage37157154246-452
11Northampton371215104847151
12Swindon361311124346-350
13Newport36147154556-1149
14Oldham371212135448648
15Crewe37138164047-747
16Grimsby37145184048-847
17Cheltenham37129164655-945
18Crawley37127183949-1043
19Morecambe37118184458-1441
20Cambridge37118183254-2241
21Port Vale371010173343-1040
22Yeovil3799193652-1636
23Notts County37711193871-3332
24Macclesfield3679203662-2630
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