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Colchester United 1-0 Grimsby Town

Colchester kept their League Two play-off hopes alive with a dominant 1-0 win over Grimsby.

Frank Nouble's first-half strike proved the difference between the sides.

Colchester dominated throughout, with Grimsby keeper James McKeown pushing away Brennan Dickenson's free-kick and Tom Eastman's header cleared off the line early on.

Courtney Senior's 14th-minute shot rattled a post and Sam Saunders also went close, before Senior blasted over from close range.

The U's took a 25th-minute lead when Nouble slotted past McKeown from close range after Sammie Szmodics swooped on Martyn Woolford's sloppy defensive pass.

McKeown saved Szmodics' drive before the break and early in the second half Jake Hessenthaler nodded Frankie Kent's overhead kick off the line as the hosts pushed for a second.

Colchester keeper Dillon Barnes pushed away Reece Hall-Johnson's cross and McKeown foiled Szmodics before Grimsby captain Danny Collins was dismissed in stoppage time after collecting a second booking for a foul on Abo Eisa.

Report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Barnes
  • 2JacksonBooked at 80mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 6Kent
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 4LapslieBooked at 77mins
  • 36Saunders
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forEisaat 79'minutes
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forStevensonat 90+1'minutes
  • 11DickensonSubstituted forMandronat 70'minutes
  • 45Nouble

Substitutes

  • 9Norris
  • 19Mandron
  • 24Stevenson
  • 27Chilvers
  • 29Ross
  • 35Kensdale
  • 39Eisa

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 27Hendrie
  • 24Davis
  • 6CollinsBooked at 90mins
  • 2Hall-JohnsonBooked at 36minsSubstituted forBurrellat 90+2'minutes
  • 18Vernam
  • 7Hessenthaler
  • 16WoolfordSubstituted forCliftonat 45'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 14GraysonSubstituted forRoseat 45'minutes
  • 17Cardwell
  • 8DennisBooked at 42mins

Substitutes

  • 15Clifton
  • 21Rose
  • 23Russell
  • 25Whitmore
  • 29Burrell
  • 30Curran
  • 31Pollock
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
3,677

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away1
Shots on Target
Home10
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 1, Grimsby Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Grimsby Town 0.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Danny Collins (Grimsby Town) for a bad foul.

Abobaker Eisa (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Collins (Grimsby Town).

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rumarn Burrell (Grimsby Town).

Booking

Danny Collins (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Danny Collins (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Rumarn Burrell replaces Reece Hall-Johnson.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Ben Stevenson replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Colchester United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town).

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Reece Hall-Johnson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Frank Nouble (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town).

Attempt missed. Abobaker Eisa (Colchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

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

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

Booking

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Abobaker Eisa replaces Courtney Senior.

Booking

Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Harry Cardwell (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Mikael Mandron replaces Brennan Dickenson.

Booking

Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Brennan Dickenson.

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

Foul by Courtney Senior (Colchester United).

Reece Hall-Johnson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City432315573393484
2Mansfield432016766353176
3MK Dons432291269462375
4Bury4321111177532474
5Tranmere4320111261461571
6Forest Green4319131163422170
7Exeter4318111458481065
8Carlisle43197176359464
9Colchester43189165952763
10Stevenage43189165453163
11Newport42189155558-363
12Swindon431516125350361
13Oldham4215141362501259
14Crewe43178185453159
15Northampton431318125656057
16Cheltenham431412175460-654
17Grimsby43148214154-1350
18Crawley43147224562-1749
19Port Vale431211203752-1547
20Morecambe431211204768-2147
21Cambridge431210213761-2446
22Macclesfield43912224673-2739
23Yeovil43910243863-2537
24Notts County43813224479-3537
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