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Mansfield Town 2-3 Colchester United

Two goals in nine minutes late in the game saw in-form Colchester United win at Mansfield Town.

The visitors deserved the points and also had a penalty saved.

United keeper Dean Gerken's one-handed save had kept out Andy Cook's fourth-minute header.

But four minutes later they were ahead when Brandon Comley drilled a superb 30-yard effort into the top-right corner from a half-cleared corner.

The Stags drew level on 45 minutes as Mal Benning's corner reached Ryan Sweeney for a close-range tap-in.

Mansfield gifted United a penalty three minutes after the break after Benning tripped Kwame Poku, but Conrad Logan got across to his left to superbly keep out Frank Nouble's kick.

After 64 minutes Logan tipped a powerful Callum Harriott shot onto his post.

But he could do nothing as Courtney Senior ghosted past two opponents to drill home in the 74th minute for a fine solo effort, before Luke Gambin turned a loose ball into the net when Mansfield failed to clear Cohen Bramall's left-wing cross after 87 minutes.

Omari Sterling-James placed fellow sub CJ Hamilton's low cross into the net to briefly give the home side hope in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Mansfield

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Logan
  • 20Gordon
  • 4Preston
  • 17Sweeney
  • 3Benning
  • 15Shaughnessy
  • 6BishopBooked at 66minsSubstituted forMellisat 78'minutes
  • 7MacDonaldSubstituted forSterling-Jamesat 84'minutes
  • 10KhanSubstituted forHamiltonat 79'minutes
  • 11Maynard
  • 19Cook

Substitutes

  • 8Mellis
  • 12Olejnik
  • 16Tomlinson
  • 22Hamilton
  • 24Sterling-James
  • 28Knowles
  • 30Smith

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Jackson
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Prosser
  • 3BramallBooked at 80mins
  • 14Comley
  • 24StevensonSubstituted forPellat 90'minutes
  • 7Senior
  • 49PokuSubstituted forLapslieat 82'minutes
  • 15HarriottSubstituted forGambinat 85'minutes
  • 45Nouble

Substitutes

  • 4Lapslie
  • 6Sowunmi
  • 8Pell
  • 10Brown
  • 21Clampin
  • 26Gambin
  • 29Ross
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
4,125

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away24
Shots on Target
Home7
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mansfield Town 2, Colchester United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 2, Colchester United 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town).

  4. Post update

    Brandon Comley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Andy Cook (Mansfield Town).

  6. Post update

    Harry Pell (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Courtney Senior (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

  8. Post update

    Andy Cook (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pell (Colchester United).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Colchester United 3. Omari Sterling-James (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by CJ Hamilton.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Harry Pell replaces Ben Stevenson.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Matt Preston.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brandon Comley.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Colchester United 3. Luke Gambin (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Gambin replaces Callum Harriott.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Omari Sterling-James replaces Alexander MacDonald.

  18. Post update

    Matt Preston (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.