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Cambridge United 2-1 Colchester United

Cambridge's first League Two victory in six matches was overshadowed after a small number of spectators booed as the players took the knee before kick-off.

A Paul Mullin double helped Cambridge climb above opponents Colchester, who pulled a goal back through Michael Folivi's second-half penalty, and into the play-off places after the 2-1 win.

However, when players from both teams took the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement for the first time at the Abbey Stadium this season, boos were clearly audible, with fellow spectators quickly responding by applauding before the contest got under way.

After Jack Iredale's overhit cross clipped the top of the crossbar, Colchester goalkeeper Dean Gerken ensured his team went in level at half-time.

He tipped Idris El Mizouni's free-kick over just before the break and, from the resulting corner, made a superb save to keep out Harry Darling's header.

Gerken was left helpless when Cambridge broke the deadlock in the 50th minute when Luke Hannant's free-kick was headed home by Mullin.

Mullin's second of the night, his 18th goal of the season, came 15 minutes later as he tapped in an effort from strike partner Harvey Knibbs which was heading wide.

The visitors reduced the deficit only three minutes after as substitute Folivi converted from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Darling.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cambridge

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Burton
  • 2Knoyle
  • 16Cundy
  • 6Darling
  • 3Iredale
  • 7Hannant
  • 4DigbyBooked at 79mins
  • 5Taylor
  • 18El MizouniSubstituted forDaviesat 89'minutes
  • 10MullinSubstituted forIronsideat 90'minutes
  • 26Knibbs

Substitutes

  • 1Mitov
  • 9Dallas
  • 17Davies
  • 19May
  • 20Ironside
  • 27Worman
  • 28Neal

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Welch-HayesSubstituted forTchamadeuat 71'minutes
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Smith
  • 3BramallSubstituted forClampinat 83'minutes
  • 24Stevenson
  • 26GambinSubstituted forFoliviat 59'minutes
  • 11Harriott
  • 23Poku
  • 7SeniorBooked at 17minsSubstituted forChilversat 59'minutes
  • 9NorrisSubstituted forBrownat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 10Brown
  • 14Chilvers
  • 21Clampin
  • 29George
  • 38Tchamadeu
  • 39Folivi
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
1,949

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Colchester United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Colchester United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ben Stevenson (Colchester United).

  4. Post update

    Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Cambridge United. Kyle Knoyle tries a through ball, but Joe Ironside is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Eastman (Colchester United).

  7. Post update

    Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Ryan Clampin (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Ironside (Cambridge United).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Joe Ironside replaces Paul Mullin.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Leon Davies replaces Idris El Mizouni.

  12. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jack Iredale (Cambridge United).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jack Iredale.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Ryan Clampin replaces Cohen Bramall.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Smith (Colchester United).

  18. Post update

    Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Booking

    Paul Digby (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Jevani Brown (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newport18114328161237
2Carlisle18112527161135
3Cheltenham18103529171233
4Forest Green189632415933
5Exeter1886439251430
6Cambridge1784529161328
7Colchester187742625128
8Morecambe188462228-628
9Salford1776424141027
10Leyton Orient188372722527
11Walsall186932221127
12Bolton187472226-425
13Crawley186662825324
14Port Vale187382623324
15Tranmere177371923-424
16Oldham187292833-523
17Harrogate186481922-322
18Scunthorpe176291724-720
19Mansfield1821061824-616
20Grimsby174491530-1516
21Bradford173591624-814
22Barrow182792330-713
23Stevenage172781120-913
24Southend1733111030-2012
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