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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Colchester United 0, Tranmere Rovers 2.

Full Time

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

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

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

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

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

Foul by Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

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

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

Foul by David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Foul by Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brennan Dickenson replaces Mikael Mandron.

Luke Norris (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

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

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

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Luke Norris (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jay Harris replaces Oliver Banks.

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers).

Abobaker Eisa (Colchester United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Norris replaces Tom Lapslie.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

Attempt saved. Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Kieron Morris replaces Ben Pringle.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

goal

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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