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Colchester United 2-1 Harrogate Town

Colchester recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season to end Harrogate's three-match winning run in League Two.

U's goalkeeper Dean Gerken denied both Calvin Miller and Aaron Martin, while George Thomson and Lloyd Kerry also went close for the visitors before the break.

At the other end, Harrogate custodian James Belshaw saved from Noah Chilvers, Harry Pell and Callum Harriott just before the break.

Gerken foiled Thomson at the start of the second half before two goals in the space of three minutes put Colchester in charge.

The U's took a 52nd-minute lead when Harriott's deflected low shot from the edge of the area flew past Belshaw and into the back of the net.

And they went further ahead when Ben Stevenson swept home from the edge of the area from Jevani Brown's pass.

But Harrogate quickly reduced the deficit when substitute Jon Stead powerfully headed in Thomson's corner from close range in the 61st minute.

Belshaw made a vital save to deny Brown after the U's attacker had broken the offside trap, while Harrogate substitute Brendan Kiernan's header rattled a post late on - but Colchester held on for maximum points.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Smith
  • 3Bramall
  • 8Pell
  • 11Harriott
  • 24StevensonBooked at 90mins
  • 14ChilversSubstituted forSowunmiat 71'minutes
  • 23PokuSubstituted forSeniorat 77'minutes
  • 10BrownBooked at 40minsSubstituted forNorrisat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 7Senior
  • 9Norris
  • 17Scarlett
  • 26Gambin
  • 29George
  • 37Bohui

Harrogate

  • 1Belshaw
  • 2Fallowfield
  • 5Smith
  • 20Hall
  • 6BurrellSubstituted forJonesat 82'minutes
  • 7Thomson
  • 4Falkingham
  • 17Kerry
  • 19MillerSubstituted forKiernanat 56'minutes
  • 18Muldoon
  • 10MartinSubstituted forSteadat 38'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 13Cracknell
  • 14Kiernan
  • 15Kirby
  • 16Stead
  • 23Walker
Referee:
Will Finnie

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamHarrogate
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home11
Away22
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 2, Harrogate Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Harrogate Town 1.

  3. Booking

    Ben Stevenson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Brendan Kiernan (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ben Stevenson (Colchester United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cohen Bramall (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Harriott.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Cohen Bramall.

  8. Post update

    Dan Jones (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Hall.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Fallowfield (Harrogate Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by George Thomson.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jon Stead (Harrogate Town).

  13. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Courtney Senior (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Norris following a fast break.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Harrogate Town. Dan Jones replaces Warren Burrell.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town).

  17. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Courtney Senior replaces Kwame Poku.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lloyd Kerry (Harrogate Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.