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Colchester United 2-1 Walsall

Colchester boosted their hopes of securing League Two survival with a vital 2-1 win over visitors Walsall.

Hosts' winger Callum Harriott hit a post with a curled effort early on but Walsall took a 20th-minute lead when defender James Clarke turned home at the far post, after Caolan Lavery had helped on Tyreik Wright's corner.

But the Us equalised in the 37th minute through Michael Folivi, who stabbed in from near the goal line for his first goal since December after Frank Nouble's effort had bounced back off a post, following good play by Tom Eastman.

And Colchester went ahead in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time when Ryan Clampin's left-footed volley flew past keeper Jack Rose after a clearance had fallen to him on the edge of the area.

Colchester thought they had made it 3-1 through Folivi's far-post effort just before the hour which they felt had gone over the line before keeper Rose had collected, but they held on to move six points clear of the drop zone.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 29GeorgeBooked at 62mins
  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Smith
  • 21Clampin
  • 14ChilversSubstituted forLapslieat 90+1'minutes
  • 8PellBooked at 27mins
  • 22Sarpong-WireduBooked at 50minsSubstituted forSeniorat 77'minutes
  • 11HarriottSubstituted forStevensonat 45'minutes
  • 45Nouble
  • 39FoliviSubstituted forBrownat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 3Doherty
  • 4Lapslie
  • 6Sowunmi
  • 7Senior
  • 10Brown
  • 24Stevenson

Walsall

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Rose
  • 24White
  • 5J Clarke
  • 4Sadler
  • 3Melbourne
  • 8KinsellaSubstituted forBatesat 61'minutes
  • 20Perry
  • 23OsadebeSubstituted forOsei Yawat 88'minutes
  • 27WrightBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 61'minutes
  • 9Lavery
  • 10Gordon

Substitutes

  • 1Roberts
  • 2Norman
  • 11Osei Yaw
  • 12Bates
  • 15McDonald
  • 18Leak
  • 19Willis
Referee:
Carl Boyeson

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 2, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Derick Osei Yaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pell (Colchester United).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Tom Lapslie replaces Noah Chilvers.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Colchester United. Harry Pell tries a through ball, but Frank Nouble is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Jevani Brown (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Hayden White (Walsall).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Derick Osei Yaw replaces Emmanuel Osadebe.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Noah Chilvers (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Harry Pell.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Noah Chilvers with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Max Melbourne.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alfie Bates (Walsall).

  14. Post update

    Harry Pell (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Colchester United. Thomas Eastman tries a through ball, but Frank Nouble is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Harry Pell (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alfie Bates (Walsall).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Clampin (Colchester United).

  19. Post update

    Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Courtney Senior replaces Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge422281262412174
2Cheltenham412191154361872
3Bolton422010125247570
4Morecambe42209136257569
5Tranmere421812125248466
6Forest Green411811125448665
7Newport411711134941862
8Exeter4116131265461961
9Leyton Orient421710154843561
10Carlisle41179155546960
11Salford4115141246331359
12Crawley421611155253-159
13Bradford411610154747058
14Port Vale42159185352154
15Stevenage421217133637-153
16Harrogate42158194549-453
17Oldham42149196772-551
18Mansfield421019134752-549
19Walsall421019134349-649
20Scunthorpe41138204154-1347
21Barrow411210194953-446
22Colchester42917164160-1944
23Southend42814202453-2938
24Grimsby41813203259-2737
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