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Exeter City 3-0 Colchester United

Exeter City boosted their play-off hopes with a victory over fellow League Two play-off hopefuls Colchester United.

Reuben Reid opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half, with David Wheeler doubling their advantage 13 minutes before the end.

And substitute Liam McAlinden added the third late on as Exeter extended their unbeaten run to nine games and ended Colchester's own nine-game unbeaten record.

Exeter took a 20th-minute lead thanks to a composed finish by Reid.

Ollie Watkins was the provider with a stunning piece of control and through ball, and Reid made no mistake, sending an angled drive into the far corner of the net.

After Reid's second goal in his last two games, the Grecians squandered two glorious chances to extend their lead in the first half.

Troy Brown rose highest to head Lloyd James' corner narrowly wide before the defender sent another header into the side-netting moments later.

Exeter keeper Christy Pym was only troubled once and produced a stunning finger-tip save to divert Brennan Dickenson's free-kick over the bar in the first half.

Wheeler made it 2-0 in the 77th minute after being teed up by Watkins as the duo broke at pace and the U's were caught on the counter.

And McAlinden made it 3-0 in the 89th minute as he latched onto Watkins' pass and rolled the ball under Sam Walker.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 11Wheeler
  • 4James
  • 25Taylor
  • 7HarleyBooked at 30minsSubstituted forTillsonat 90+2'minutes
  • 33ReidSubstituted forMcAlindenat 72'minutes
  • 14WatkinsSubstituted forSimpsonat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 6Tillson
  • 8Simpson
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 29Croll
  • 31Sweeney

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 18Eastman
  • 6Kent
  • 15Elokobi
  • 2BrindleySubstituted forFosu-Henryat 63'minutes
  • 24Slater
  • 4LapslieSubstituted forJohnstoneat 74'minutes
  • 11Dickenson
  • 7WrightSubstituted forVincent-Youngat 85'minutes
  • 28Guthrie
  • 9Porter

Substitutes

  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 17Johnstone
  • 25Barnes
  • 30Doyley
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 32O'Sullivan
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
4,114

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 3, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Colchester United 0.

Attempt missed. Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jordan Tillson replaces Ryan Harley.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Robbie Simpson replaces Ollie Watkins.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 3, Colchester United 0. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Kane Vincent-Young replaces Drey Wright.

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Colchester United 0. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Denny Johnstone replaces Tom Lapslie.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Reuben Reid.

Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jack Stacey (Exeter City).

Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

Craig Slater (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tarique Fosu-Henry replaces Richard Brindley.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

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

Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Delay in match Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Craig Slater (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Exeter City).

Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Wheeler (Exeter City).

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster27184555342158
2Plymouth26173643281554
3Carlisle271212348371148
4Portsmouth26136740261445
5Wycombe2612773428643
6Luton26119637241342
7Colchester2711794134740
8Barnet27101073737040
9Exeter261231139271239
10Cambridge2611693629739
11Grimsby27116103531439
12Mansfield2791082930-137
13Blackpool2699838271136
14Crawley25105103138-735
15Stevenage27103144046-633
16Yeovil2688102831-332
17Morecambe2594123243-1131
18Hartlepool2779113544-930
19Crewe27610112639-1328
20Accrington2668122435-1126
21Leyton Orient2674152839-1125
22Cheltenham2659122839-1124
23Notts County2765162850-2223
24Newport2647152945-1619
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