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Lincoln City 0-3 Colchester United

Colchester agonisingly missed out on the play-offs despite a thumping final-day win at League Two champions Lincoln.

Sammie Szmodics' brace and Brennan Dickenson's opener at Sincil Bank proved in vain as John McGreal's men fell a point short of seventh spot after Newport County grabbed a late equaliser at Morecambe.

After surviving early Lincoln pressure, the visitors took the lead in the 21st minute when Dickenson met Sam Saunders' corner from the right and clipped the ball through a crowded six-yard box in off the post.

Six minutes later, the U's doubled their lead through Szmodics who stooped to head home Ryan Jackson's low cross with Lincoln's defence napping.

Lincoln's afternoon went from bad to worse in the 44th minute when Szmodics blocked goalkeeper Josh Vickers' clearance from a short Cian Bolger backpass before smashing the ball into an empty net.

Danny Cowley's men had the chance to reduce the arrears when visiting keeper Ethan Ross picked up a backpass early in the second half, but Shay McCartan's effort was blocked.

With Colchester counting down the minutes they were denied a play-off spot when Newport's Jamille Matt scored in the 87th minute of his side's game at Morecambe to lift County above the U's into seventh place.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 23Eardley
  • 24BolgerBooked at 32mins
  • 16Bostwick
  • 14Toffolo
  • 26Anderson
  • 6O'HaraSubstituted forO'Connorat 59'minutes
  • 7Pett
  • 11Carvalho Andrade
  • 9RheadSubstituted forMcCartanat 54'minutes
  • 29AkindeBooked at 68minsSubstituted forRobertsat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 10Angol
  • 12Chapman
  • 15Wilson
  • 17McCartan
  • 18Gilks
  • 25Roberts

Colchester

  • 29RossBooked at 90mins
  • 2JacksonBooked at 1mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 6Kent
  • 11Dickenson
  • 4LapslieSubstituted forChilversat 90+2'minutes
  • 36SaundersBooked at 24minsSubstituted forStevensonat 87'minutes
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forEisaat 90'minutes
  • 10SzmodicsBooked at 89mins
  • 19Mandron
  • 45Nouble

Substitutes

  • 16Wright
  • 24Stevenson
  • 27Chilvers
  • 32Vose
  • 35Kensdale
  • 39Eisa
  • 44Clampin
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
9,832

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 0, Colchester United 3.

Full Time

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) because of an injury.

Booking

Ethan Ross (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Cian Bolger (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Noah Chilvers replaces Tom Lapslie.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Abobaker Eisa replaces Courtney Senior.

Attempt missed. Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Courtney Senior (Colchester United).

Booking

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Ben Stevenson replaces Sam Saunders.

Attempt blocked. Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Cian Bolger (Lincoln City).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jordan Roberts (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tom Pett (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

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

Foul by Harry Anderson (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Jordan Roberts replaces John Akinde.

Booking

John Akinde (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Akinde (Lincoln City).

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

Foul by Sam Saunders (Colchester United).

Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by John Akinde (Lincoln City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City462316773433085
2Bury4622131182562679
3MK Dons4623101371492279
4Mansfield4620161069412876
5Forest Green4620141268472174
6Tranmere4620131363501373
7Newport462011155959071
8Colchester4620101665531270
9Exeter4619131460491170
10Stevenage462010165955470
11Carlisle46208186762568
12Crewe46198196059165
13Swindon461616145956364
14Oldham461614166760762
15Northampton461419136463161
16Cheltenham461512195768-1157
17Grimsby46168224556-1156
18Morecambe461412205470-1654
19Crawley46158235168-1753
20Port Vale461213213955-1649
21Cambridge461211234066-2647
22Macclesfield461014224874-2644
23Notts County46914234884-3641
24Yeovil46913244166-2540
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