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Colchester United 0-2 Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham gave their promotion hopes a major boost by pulling off a 2-0 victory at promotion rivals Colchester.

The duo are in the thick of the League Two play-off race, with the Robins starting fifth and John McGreal's men five points behind in sixth.

But goals from Alfie May and Chris Hussey moved Cheltenham up to fourth - one point off the automatic promotion spots - while the hosts slipped a point outside the top seven.

There was little between the teams until the opening goal, when May sprung the offside trap and got on the end of Chris Clements' pass. He coolly slid the ball under Dean Gerken, who got something on the shot but was unable to prevent it spinning into the U's net.

Colchester huffed and puffed, without looking likely to snatch an equaliser.

And they suffered a body-blow 11 minutes from time when Hussey added Cheltenham's second. The defender whipped in a free-kick from the right and the ball had such power that it evaded everyone and nestled into the far top corner.

Colchester's Omar Sowunmi was sent off in stoppage time after being shown a second yellow card.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Jackson
  • 6SowunmiBooked at 90mins
  • 5ProsserBooked at 51mins
  • 3Bramall
  • 8PellBooked at 19mins
  • 14ComleySubstituted forNorrisat 69'minutes
  • 49PokuSubstituted forNoubleat 68'minutes
  • 24Stevenson
  • 15HarriottBooked at 45minsSubstituted forSeniorat 79'minutes
  • 13Robinson

Substitutes

  • 7Senior
  • 9Norris
  • 18Eastman
  • 21Clampin
  • 26Gambin
  • 29Ross
  • 45Nouble

Cheltenham

  • 33Evans
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 15Boyle
  • 2Long
  • 14Sheaf
  • 8ClementsSubstituted forInceat 57'minutes
  • 11Broom
  • 3Hussey
  • 29MayBooked at 20minsSubstituted forNicholsat 87'minutes
  • 32VarneySubstituted forSmithat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Reid
  • 17Debayo
  • 22Lovett
  • 23Ince
  • 26Greaves
  • 27Smith
  • 34Nichols
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
3,698

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 0, Cheltenham Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Cheltenham Town 2.

Attempt missed. Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United) for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Max Sheaf.

Booking

Jonte Smith (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jonte Smith (Cheltenham Town).

Offside, Colchester United. Cohen Bramall tries a through ball, but Frank Nouble is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Tom Nichols replaces Alfie May.

Attempt missed. Harry Pell (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Courtney Senior.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by William Boyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Courtney Senior replaces Callum Harriott.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0, Cheltenham Town 2. Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

Attempt blocked. Jonte Smith (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United).

Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ben Stevenson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Norris replaces Brandon Comley.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Frank Nouble replaces Kwame Poku.

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

Foul by Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Cohen Bramall.

Attempt saved. Max Sheaf (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Broom.

Foul by Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United).

Jonte Smith (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harry Pell (Colchester United).

Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jonte Smith replaces Luke Varney because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Rohan Ince replaces Chris Clements.

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Jackson with a cross.

Booking

Luke Prosser (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Prosser (Colchester United).

Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Cohen Bramall (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon34206860372366
2Crewe35198863412265
3Exeter351810751391264
4Cheltenham351712652272563
5Plymouth35188955391662
6Northampton361771253381558
7Port Vale36141485044656
8Colchester361413949371255
9Bradford361412104438654
10Salford361211134746147
11Forest Green351210134140146
12Crawley361015114847145
13Cambridge36129153946-745
14Grimsby351111134348-544
15Walsall35128153748-1144
16Newport341110133137-643
17Oldham36914134454-1041
18Scunthorpe351010154452-840
19Leyton Orient35912144554-939
20Carlisle35912143753-1639
21Mansfield35811164654-835
22Morecambe36711183559-2432
23Macclesfield36715143244-1230
24Stevenage35313192347-2422
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