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Colchester United 0-2 Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere secured a sixth successive victory with an impressive triumph at fellow League Two play-off hopefuls Colchester.

Goals from James Norwood and David Perkins means Rovers are just five points behind third-placed MK Dons, and with a game in hand to inspire hopes of claiming an automatic promotion spot.

Sammie Szmodics initially went close for Colchester early on, while at the other end Norwood was within inches of converting an Ollie Banks cross.

Norwood grabbed his 28th goal of the season in the 23rd minute, confidently lifting the ball past U's keeper Dillon Barnes from a fine defence-splitting pass from Perkins.

Colchester came close to an equaliser just before the break, with Ryan Jackson's long-range effort flying just over, while Abo Eisa saw his effort saved by goalkeeper Scott Davies.

Tranmere, though, doubled their lead just 43 seconds after the restart with Perkins firing in from close range after Barnes had clawed out Connor Jennings' effort following Jake Caprice's break down the right.

After a deflected shot from Caprice sailed inches wide just after the hour, Colchester came agonisingly close midway through the second half when Eisa's free-kick was pushed onto the inside of a post by Davies.

But it was not to be for Colchester who are four points adrift of the play-off places.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Barnes
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Prosser
  • 6KentBooked at 76mins
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 4LapslieSubstituted forNorrisat 66'minutes
  • 24Stevenson
  • 7Senior
  • 10Szmodics
  • 39Eisa
  • 19MandronSubstituted forDickensonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Norris
  • 11Dickenson
  • 16Wright
  • 27Chilvers
  • 29Ross
  • 35Kensdale
  • 47Miller

Tranmere

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 16EllisBooked at 25mins
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 11JenningsBooked at 53mins
  • 28BanksSubstituted forHarrisat 71'minutes
  • 17PerkinsBooked at 84mins
  • 12McCullough
  • 27PringleSubstituted forMorrisat 62'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 4Nelson
  • 8Harris
  • 9Mullin
  • 19Morris
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 29Dagnall
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
3,800

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 0, Tranmere Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Tranmere Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

  4. Post update

    Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

  6. Post update

    James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United).

  8. Post update

    Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

  10. Post update

    James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers).

  14. Booking

    David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United).

  19. Post update

    James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Brennan Dickenson replaces Mikael Mandron.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City392213469363379
2Bury382011771413071
3MK Dons392091064402469
4Mansfield391715756332366
5Tranmere3818101056421464
6Forest Green3916131057391861
7Exeter3817101151371461
8Carlisle39177155951858
9Colchester39169145748957
10Swindon381412124746154
11Stevenage39159154549-454
12Crewe39158164849-153
13Northampton391216114950-152
14Newport37157154656-1052
15Grimsby39147184048-849
16Oldham371212135448648
17Cheltenham39139174957-848
18Crawley39127204058-1843
19Morecambe39119194462-1842
20Cambridge38119183456-2242
21Port Vale391011183345-1241
22Yeovil3999213656-2036
23Macclesfield38810204064-2434
24Notts County39712203872-3433
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