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Exeter City 6-1 Colchester United

Ryan Bowman bagged a second-half hat-trick as Exeter turned in a superb performance to thrash Colchester 6-1 at St James Park.

Exeter started well and went in front in the 20th minute when Joel Randall showed great skill down the left and crossed low for Matt Jay, who produced a cute finish from close range.

The second goal that Exeter's play deserved finally arrived eight minutes after the break when Randell Williams sent Jay clear and he squared for Randall to tap into an empty net.

And the third followed soon after when Bowman slid in to convert Jack Sparkes' perfect cross.

Bowman added his second, again from close range, after more sensational wing play from the outstanding Randall.

Randall went off after that and almost immediately, Colchester, who were beaten by Exeter in the League Two play-offs last season, pulled one back as Michael Folivi got the better of Alex Hartridge and side-footed in off the far post.

Bowman then notched his hat-trick goal in stoppage time as he was in the right place to tap in from close range after Sparkes had seen his effort come back off the crossbar, then almost immediately, Nicky Ajose struck the post and Jay finished from close range.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 4-4-2

  • 24Andrésson
  • 30Key
  • 26Sweeney
  • 15Parkes
  • 3Sparkes
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forAjoseat 82'minutes
  • 8Taylor
  • 10CollinsSubstituted forAtanganaat 81'minutes
  • 14RandallSubstituted forHartridgeat 73'minutes
  • 12Bowman
  • 17Jay

Substitutes

  • 4Atangana
  • 6McArdle
  • 7Law
  • 18Fisher
  • 22Lee
  • 25Ajose
  • 34Hartridge

Colchester

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Welch-HayesSubstituted forHarriottat 45'minutes
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Smith
  • 3Bramall
  • 8Pell
  • 23PokuSubstituted forNorrisat 45'minutes
  • 14ChilversSubstituted forFoliviat 45'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 24StevensonBooked at 81mins
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forScarlettat 56'minutes
  • 10BrownSubstituted forBohuiat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 9Norris
  • 11Harriott
  • 17Scarlett
  • 29George
  • 37Bohui
  • 39Folivi
Referee:
Trevor Kettle

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home27
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 6, Colchester United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 6, Colchester United 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 6, Colchester United 1. Matt Jay (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Nicky Ajose (Exeter City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ryan Bowman.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jack Sparkes (Exeter City).

  6. Post update

    Joshua Bohui (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 5, Colchester United 1. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Jay.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  12. Post update

    Nicky Ajose (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Eastman (Colchester United).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Sparkes.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Nicky Ajose replaces Randell Williams.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Nigel Atangana replaces Archie Collins.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Matt Jay (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ben Stevenson (Colchester United).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Bowman with a headed pass.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newport1392221111029
2Cheltenham1482422121026
3Cambridge1374226101625
4Forest Green147431913625
5Exeter146622617924
6Carlisle147251915423
7Salford1364321111022
8Leyton Orient146352115621
9Tranmere146351715221
10Colchester135532020020
11Port Vale146171615119
12Harrogate145451514119
13Bolton145451418-419
14Morecambe145451725-819
15Crawley145361918118
16Walsall143831316-317
17Oldham145272127-617
18Grimsby124351118-715
19Barrow142752022-213
20Bradford133461317-413
21Stevenage142571015-511
22Mansfield141851319-611
23Scunthorpe12327819-1111
24Southend131210626-205
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