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Forest GreenForest Green Rovers3ColchesterColchester United0

Forest Green Rovers 3-0 Colchester United

Two goals from Jamille Matt and a Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu own goal eased Forest Green to victory over League Two strugglers Colchester.

And Mark Cooper's side did it with just 10 men after Ebou Adams was sent off just before half-time for his challenge on Josh Doherty.

Rovers came into the game smarting from a midweek defeat at the hands of another of League Two's under-performers Southend, but two goals in six first-half minutes ensured this was not going to be a repeat performance.

Odin Bailey had twice hit the side-netting for the hosts before the breakthrough came in the 26th minute, Matt twisting to get his head on Aaron Collins' cross and loop it over visiting goalkeeper Dean Gerken.

Matt claimed his second five minutes later, firing home from 10 yards after his initial header from a corner had been acrobatically cleared off the line.

Reduced to 10 men in stoppage time at the end of the first half, Forest Green had to defend for much of the second half but wrapped things up after 67 minutes when a curling Collins free-kick ended up in the net after hitting the unfortunate Sarpong-Wiredu.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 5-3-2

  • 24Thomas
  • 2Wilson
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 3Bernard
  • 6Cargill
  • 11CaddenSubstituted forWhitehouseat 45'minutes
  • 17BaileySubstituted forRichardsonat 45'minutes
  • 8AdamsBooked at 45mins
  • 21Wagstaff
  • 14MattSubstituted forDavisonat 79'minutes
  • 10CollinsSubstituted forHutchinsonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 7Hutchinson
  • 18Young
  • 20Whitehouse
  • 23Davison
  • 25Richardson
  • 47Hallett

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1GerkenSubstituted forGeorgeat 45'minutes
  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Smith
  • 3DohertySubstituted forSayerat 82'minutes
  • 14Chilvers
  • 22Sarpong-Wiredu
  • 38TchamadeuSubstituted forSeniorat 59'minutes
  • 23PokuSubstituted forBrownat 75'minutes
  • 11Harriott
  • 45NoubleSubstituted forOtehat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 7Senior
  • 9Oteh
  • 10Brown
  • 29George
  • 33Marshall
  • 36Sayer
Referee:
Carl Brook

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Colchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Colchester United 0.

  3. Booking

    Aramide Oteh (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aramide Oteh (Colchester United).

  5. Post update

    Josh Davison (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jayden Richardson.

  7. Post update

    Harvey Sayer (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Hutchinson (Forest Green Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Harvey Sayer (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Hutchinson (Forest Green Rovers).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Isaac Hutchinson replaces Aaron Collins.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Noah Chilvers (Colchester United).

  13. Post update

    Elliott Whitehouse (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Harvey Sayer replaces Josh Doherty.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aramide Oteh (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Josh Davison replaces Jamille Matt.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thomas Eastman (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Noah Chilvers.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Doherty (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu with a cross.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Jevani Brown replaces Kwame Poku.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Aramide Oteh replaces Frank Nouble.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge32167948291955
2Forest Green30159643291454
3Cheltenham30158740261453
4Tranmere3015694337651
5Morecambe31147104142-149
6Newport3013983831748
7Bolton31138103940-147
8Exeter291210751371446
9Salford301210839251446
10Carlisle27134103830843
11Bradford29127103432243
12Harrogate31126133537-242
13Crawley29118104037341
14Leyton Orient30116133634239
15Oldham30115144954-538
16Mansfield3081393840-237
17Walsall3081393640-437
18Stevenage32714112431-735
19Scunthorpe29112163139-835
20Port Vale3197154145-434
21Colchester30712113142-1133
22Southend3177172146-2528
23Barrow2968153340-726
24Grimsby2966172248-2624
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