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Exeter City 3-0 Colchester United

Matt Jay netted his third goal in five games to get Exeter's play-off push back on track courtesy of a 3-0 win over Colchester.

The Grecians striker struck on the stroke of half-time, planting a half-volley past Rene Gilmartin.

Jay turned creator for the second goal in the 66th minute when he sent a deft chip into the path of Holmes, who lifted the ball over the advancing Gilmartin.

Nicky Law sealed the win in the 76th minute after latching on to Hiram Boateng's pass and prodding the ball home.

It was only Exeter's second win in their last seven games but the three points were enough to leapfrog Colchester back into the top seven.

The first half was a triumph of endeavour over creativity until Jay produced the only moment of quality.

Exeter survived a scare at the start of the second half as the ball ricocheted into the path of Sammie Szmodics and his shot was brilliantly saved by Christy Pym.

After Holmes stretched Exeter's lead, Colchester poured forward and Mikael Mandron and Szmodics forced Pym into smart saves.

But Law wrapped up the win, leaving Colchester with only one win from their last six games.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Pym
  • 20Wilson
  • 4O'Shea
  • 21Moxey
  • 3WoodmanBooked at 53mins
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forCollinsat 75'minutes
  • 44BoatengSubstituted forBrownat 81'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 8Law
  • 17Jay
  • 12BowmanSubstituted forWilsonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Martin
  • 11Williams
  • 13Hamon
  • 14Forte
  • 19Wilson
  • 27Collins
  • 39Brown

Colchester

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 25Gilmartin
  • 18Eastman
  • 5ProsserSubstituted forEisaat 71'minutes
  • 6Kent
  • 2Jackson
  • 19Mandron
  • 24Stevenson
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 10Szmodics
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forMillerat 87'minutes
  • 9Norris

Substitutes

  • 1Barnes
  • 11Dickenson
  • 16Wright
  • 27Chilvers
  • 35Kensdale
  • 39Eisa
  • 47Miller
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
3,951

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 3, Colchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Colchester United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Donovan Wilson (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Donovan Wilson (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Law (Exeter City).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Donovan Wilson replaces Ryan Bowman.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Christy Pym.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Todd Miller replaces Courtney Senior.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Jay (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Rene Gilmartin.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kane Wilson (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Troy Brown replaces Hiram Boateng.

  17. Post update

    Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City372112465353075
2Bury372010771413070
3MK Dons381991062402266
4Mansfield371714654302465
5Tranmere3717101054421261
6Forest Green3815131055391658
7Exeter3716101150371358
8Colchester381691357461157
9Carlisle38176155749857
10Stevenage38158154347-453
11Northampton381216104847152
12Newport37157154656-1052
13Swindon371312124346-351
14Crewe38148164648-250
15Oldham371212135448648
16Grimsby38146184048-848
17Cheltenham38129174656-1045
18Crawley38127194055-1543
19Morecambe38119184458-1442
20Port Vale381011173343-1041
21Cambridge37118183254-2241
22Yeovil3899203654-1836
23Macclesfield3789203862-2433
24Notts County38712193871-3333
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