Match ends, Stevenage 0, Colchester United 0.
Stevenage edged a point clear of League Two's relegation places after a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Colchester at the Lamex Stadium.
Colchester almost took a 12th-minute lead when Kwame Poku's fierce shot flew inches over the bar.
And they really should have gone ahead a couple of minutes later through Tommy Smith, who inexplicably headed wide when unmarked from Cohen Bramall's free-kick.
Former Colchester striker Luke Norris sent a low drive straight at visiting keeper Dean Gerken, who made a good save early in the second half at his near post to keep out Elliott List's well-struck shot.
And Stevenage came even closer to scoring eight minutes later when List collected Norris' short pass and ran at the U's defence before rattling a post with a low shot.
Courtney Senior wastefully sent a low shot past the far post for the U's with 18 minutes remaining after being sent through by Jevani Brown and Stevenage stopper Jamie Cumming did well to save from Noah Chilvers late on as the points were shared.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 7CarterSubstituted forOsborneat 88'minutes
- 4VincelotBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSmithat 87'minutes
- 19ReadBooked at 14mins
- 17ListSubstituted forMarshat 72'minutes
- 35StevensSubstituted forNewtonat 78'minutes
- 18EastmanBooked at 41mins
- 23PokuSubstituted forFoliviat 72'minutes
- 10BrownBooked at 36minsSubstituted forOtehat 76'minutes
- Paul Howard
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Colchester United 0.
Attempt missed. Callum Harriott (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Miles Welch-Hayes with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Noah Chilvers (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Harriott.
Substitution, Stevenage. Elliot Osborne replaces Charlie Carter.
Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Smith replaces Romain Vincelot.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Callum Harriott.
Attempt saved. Noah Chilvers (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Miles Welch-Hayes.
Ben Stevenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).
Attempt blocked. Callum Harriott (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Aramide Oteh (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ross Marshall (Stevenage).
Substitution, Stevenage. Danny Newton replaces Matt Stevens.
Attempt missed. Thomas Eastman (Colchester United) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Harriott with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Luther Wildin.
Substitution, Colchester United. Aramide Oteh replaces Jevani Brown.
Attempt missed. Tyrone Marsh (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Arthur Read with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Callum Harriott (Colchester United).
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