Bradford City recorded a convincing win over Colchester to claim their first away victory since last November.

James Hanson powerfully headed in Matthew Dolan's corner to give the Bantams a 15th-minute lead.

Aaron McLean should have doubled City's lead just before half-time when he blasted a gilt-edged chance wide.

But Kyle Bennett capitalised on sloppy defending to burst into the area and plant a shot into the far corner from a tight angle.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 03 Dickson Booked
  • 15 Bean Booked (Gilbey - 76' Booked )
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 21 Massey
  • 02 Wright (Eastmond - 46' )
  • 09 Morrison (Bonne - 75' )
  • 11 Sears
  • 07 Watt

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 25 Vose
  • 39 Sesay
  • 41 Bonne

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlan
  • 02 Darby Booked
  • 06 Drury (McHugh - 86' )
  • 24 Doyle
  • 23 McArdle
  • 05 Davies
  • 32 Bennett (Thompson - 80' )
  • 04 Dolan
  • 21 McLean Booked
  • 09 Hanson
  • 28 Reach

Substitutes

  • 10 Gray
  • 11 Thompson
  • 14 Yeates
  • 16 McHugh
  • 22 Bates
  • 29 Atkinson
  • 40 Bentley
Ref: Dean Whitestone
Att: 2,605

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

2 5

Corners

4 2

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 0, Bradford City 2.

90:00 +5:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Bradford City 2.

90:00 +5:05

Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

90:00 +4:35

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

90:00 +4:11 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:06 Booking

Booking Aaron McLean (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:00

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:59

Foul by Aaron McLean (Bradford City).

90:00 +1:56 Booking

Booking Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:49

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

90:00 +1:49

Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:16

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:10

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

87:10

Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:55

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

85:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Carl McHugh replaces Adam Drury.

82:44

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

82:44

Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:44

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

81:44

Aaron McLean (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:41

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

79:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Garry Thompson replaces Kyle Bennett.

75:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Alex Gilbey replaces Marcus Bean.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Clinton Morrison.

73:10

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

71:53

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

70:38

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

70:38

Andrew Davies (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:42 Booking

Booking Stephen Darby (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

68:37

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

68:37

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:43

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

61:45

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:45

Foul by Andrew Davies (Bradford City).

60:49 Booking

Booking Marcus Bean (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

60:46

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

60:46

(Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:47

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:43

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

56:22

Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:22

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

55:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Bradford City 2. Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

54:21

Foul by Aaron McLean (Bradford City).

54:21

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:14

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

50:14

Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:34

Attempt missed. Andrew Davies (Bradford City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

46:00 Booking

Booking Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

45:50

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

45:50

Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces David Wright.

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Bradford City 1.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Bradford City 1.

45:00 +0:42

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:42

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bradford City).

41:58

Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

38:46

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Bradford City).

38:46

Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:34

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Bradford City).

36:34

David Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:04

Attempt missed. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

34:34

Foul by Adam Reach (Bradford City).

34:34

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:52

Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

33:33

Attempt saved. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

31:50

Attempt saved. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:08

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:08

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

28:51

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:36

Delay in match Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) because of an injury.

23:22

Adam Reach (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:22

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

18:00

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bradford City).

18:00

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Bradford City 1. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

13:53

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

13:39

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

12:15

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

10:55

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

6:32

Attempt missed. Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) header from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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