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Colchester United 2-1 Hartlepool United

Colchester boosted their play-off hopes with a win over struggling Hartlepool.

Pools goalkeeper Joe Fryer made an 11th-minute save to deny Brennan Dickenson, who also fired straight at Fryer midway through the first half.

Chris Porter had an effort disallowed for offside and Sean Murray's deflected effort whistled just over for Colchester, for whom George Elokobi came close to converting at the far post before half-time.

Pools striker Padraig Amond steered Brad Walker's curled ball into the area over from close range early in the second half.

But Colchester went ahead just after the hour mark when Kurtis Guthrie headed home Richard Brindley's cross at the near post after a fine attacking move.

Porter doubled Colchester's lead from the penalty spot with 12 minutes remaining after Guthrie had been fouled by Liam Donnelly in the area.

Pools halved the deficit four minutes later through Nathan Thomas, who burst into the area and planted a low shot past Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker, but the hosts held on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 35James
  • 15Elokobi
  • 3Briggs
  • 2BrindleySubstituted forWrightat 71'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 4Lapslie
  • 22Garvan
  • 11DickensonBooked at 29mins
  • 23Murray
  • 28GuthrieSubstituted forPykeat 90+2'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 25Barnes
  • 27Pyke
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 39Edge

Hartlepool

  • 42Fryer
  • 35Richardson
  • 8Walker
  • 26Harrison
  • 33Donnelly
  • 7Thomas
  • 14WoodsBooked at 57mins
  • 4Featherstone
  • 15AlessandraSubstituted forHawkinsat 80'minutes
  • 11OatesSubstituted forRooneyat 80'minutes
  • 9Amond

Substitutes

  • 18Hawkins
  • 23Smith
  • 28Rooney
  • 29Martin
  • 31Dudzinski
  • 34Hawkes
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
3,357

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Hartlepool United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Hartlepool United 1.

Foul by Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Rekeil Pyke replaces Kurtis Guthrie because of an injury.

Delay in match Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.

Booking

Drey Wright (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Fryer.

Attempt saved. Drey Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Hartlepool United 1. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tarique Fosu-Henry replaces Chris Porter.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Lewis Alessandra.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Louis Rooney replaces Rhys Oates.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Hartlepool United 0. Chris Porter (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty Colchester United. Kurtis Guthrie draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a fast break.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Richard Brindley.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nicky Featherstone.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Liam Donnelly.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Hartlepool United 0. Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richard Brindley.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Fryer.

Attempt missed. Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matthew Briggs (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United).

Attempt missed. Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Hartlepool United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Hartlepool United 0.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United).

Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster33198663402365
2Plymouth32195852351762
3Carlisle33151355648858
4Portsmouth32167948291955
5Luton331412749311854
6Exeter331561253371651
7Colchester33148115042850
8Mansfield33131194338550
9Stevenage33154145250249
10Cambridge32137124137446
11Wycombe33137134042-246
12Barnet331112104144-345
13Morecambe32136134147-645
14Grimsby33128133940-144
15Blackpool321013947351243
16Crawley32126144050-1042
17Yeovil33912123340-739
18Crewe33812133648-1236
19Cheltenham33811143746-935
20Accrington31810133444-1034
21Notts County3397173758-2134
22Hartlepool33711153958-1932
23Leyton Orient3385203551-1629
24Newport33511173753-1626
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