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Salford City 1-2 Colchester United

Colchester recorded a first win in three with a League Two victory over Salford at a rain-soaked Peninsula Stadium.

First-half goals from Kwame Poku and Callum Harriott proved enough for the U's, who maintained their position in the play-off places.

Salford showed early promise, with Brandon Thomas-Asante and Ashley Hunter both going close to breaking the deadlock.

But it was Colchester who took the lead in the 27th minute when teenager Poku drove forward from midfield and finished beyond Salford goalkeeper Kyle Letheren.

The U's doubled their advantage 14 minutes later when Harriott raced down the left flank and hit a thunderbolt past Letheren.

Former Manchester United forward James Wilson then saw his effort denied by the leg of Colchester goalkeeper Dean Gerken, before the Ammies pulled a goal back just before half-time when Hunter pounced on a loose pass and sent the ball into the net.

Salford dominated for spells in the second half, but could not make it count as substitutes Tom Elliott and Darron Gibson spurned chances to salvage a point.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Salford

  • 12Letheren
  • 2Wiseman
  • 23Pond
  • 5EasthamSubstituted forRooneyat 79'minutes
  • 3TourayBooked at 70mins
  • 44Conway
  • 29O'ConnorSubstituted forGibsonat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16Baldwin
  • 45Hunter
  • 49WilsonSubstituted forElliottat 67'minutes
  • 28Thomas-Asante

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 9Rooney
  • 11Elliott
  • 15Burgess
  • 17Towell
  • 43Gibson

Colchester

  • 1Gerken
  • 2JacksonSubstituted forEastmanat 85'minutes
  • 6Sowunmi
  • 5Prosser
  • 3Bramall
  • 49Poku
  • 8PellBooked at 23mins
  • 24Stevenson
  • 15HarriottSubstituted forNoubleat 73'minutes
  • 9Norris
  • 13RobinsonSubstituted forComleyat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Senior
  • 14Comley
  • 18Eastman
  • 21Clampin
  • 26Gambin
  • 29Ross
  • 45Nouble
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
2,589

Match Stats

Home TeamSalfordAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Salford City 1, Colchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Salford City 1, Colchester United 2.

Attempt missed. Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Wiseman.

Jack Baldwin (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Stevenson (Colchester United).

Jack Baldwin (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

Booking

Darron Gibson (Salford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darron Gibson (Salford City).

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

Jack Baldwin (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Ashley Hunter (Salford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United).

Attempt blocked. Ashley Hunter (Salford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Elliott with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Darron Gibson (Salford City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Rooney.

Attempt blocked. Adam Rooney (Salford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Salford City).

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

Offside, Colchester United. Harry Pell tries a through ball, but Luke Norris is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tom Eastman replaces Ryan Jackson because of an injury.

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Salford City).

Luke Norris (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Darron Gibson (Salford City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Salford City. Adam Rooney replaces Ashley Eastham.

Craig Conway (Salford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Jack Baldwin (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brandon Comley replaces Theo Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Frank Nouble replaces Callum Harriott because of an injury.

Booking

Ibou Touray (Salford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ibou Touray (Salford City).

Callum Harriott (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Prosser (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Salford City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Wiseman with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Salford City. Tom Elliott replaces James Wilson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon34206860372366
2Crewe34197862402264
3Exeter34189750381263
4Plymouth34188854371762
5Cheltenham331512648262257
6Colchester351413849351455
7Northampton341671149361355
8Port Vale35141384842655
9Bradford351312104237551
10Forest Green351210134140146
11Cambridge35129143844-645
12Crawley351014114746144
13Salford351111134546-144
14Walsall35128153748-1144
15Newport321110112928143
16Grimsby331011123943-441
17Scunthorpe34109154250-839
18Leyton Orient35912144554-939
19Oldham35814133954-1538
20Carlisle34812143552-1736
21Mansfield35811164654-835
22Morecambe35710183458-2431
23Macclesfield35715133242-1030
24Stevenage35313192347-2422
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