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Colchester United 2-0 Mansfield Town

Colchester boosted their League Two play-off hopes, and damaged opponents Mansfield's aspirations in the process, after running out winners at home.

Brennan Dickenson and Sammie Szmodics scored as the U's ended a three-match winless run to remain within three points off the top seven, and move above the Stags.

Szmodics went close for Colchester early on, while at the other end Mansfield's Matt Green ballooned over a gilt-edged chance from close range.

The U's went ahead in the 20th minute through Dickenson, who raced onto Sean Murray's excellent cross-field pass and beat Stags right-back Hayden White before drilling a low shot in off the far post.

And Szmodics doubled Colchester's lead eight minutes later when he controlled Dickenson's pass in the area and planted a fine shot past goalkeeper Scott Shearer.

Mansfield left-back Malvind Benning dragged a low shot wide of the far post early in the second half and Green squandered an even better opportunity soon after when he scuffed wide, with only keeper Sam Walker to beat.

Benning's deflected effort was cleared from near his own line by Colchester's George Elokobi late on, as the Stags failed to score for a fourth successive game.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 35JamesSubstituted forVincent-Youngat 90+1'minutes
  • 15Elokobi
  • 3BriggsBooked at 75mins
  • 7Wright
  • 4Lapslie
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forBonneat 81'minutes
  • 23Murray
  • 11DickensonBooked at 80mins
  • 9Porter
  • 27PykeSubstituted forWynterat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 19Bonne
  • 25Barnes
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 33Kinsella
  • 39Edge

Mansfield

  • 1Shearer
  • 16White
  • 5Pearce
  • 2Bennett
  • 3BenningBooked at 41mins
  • 4CollinsSubstituted forHamiltonat 45'minutes
  • 26ByromBooked at 61mins
  • 28Whiteman
  • 18MacDonaldSubstituted forCoulthirstat 64'minutes
  • 23HemmingsSubstituted forRoseat 45'minutes
  • 10Green

Substitutes

  • 7Coulthirst
  • 8Potter
  • 12Jensen
  • 15Howkins
  • 17Arquin
  • 22Hamilton
  • 32Rose
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
2,526

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home4
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Mansfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Mansfield Town 0.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).

Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Kane Vincent-Young replaces Cameron James because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Attempt missed. Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

Hayden White (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Elokobi (Colchester United).

Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Matthew Briggs (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Benjamin Whiteman (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sean Murray (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

Foul by Hayden White (Mansfield Town).

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

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Cameron James.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by George Elokobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Alex Wynter replaces Rekeil Pyke.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Shaquile Coulthirst replaces Alexander MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Matt Green (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Rhys Bennett (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ashley Hemmings (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean Murray (Colchester United).

Booking

Joel Byrom (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Mansfield Town).

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Green (Mansfield Town).

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

Attempt missed. Benjamin Whiteman (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Matthew Briggs (Colchester United).

Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay in match Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) because of an injury.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Cameron James.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster37229671432875
2Plymouth372161057401769
3Portsmouth371981059312865
4Carlisle37151485654259
5Luton361513853332058
6Stevenage37184156152958
7Exeter371761459431657
8Blackpool371315956381854
9Colchester37159135348554
10Mansfield371313114342152
11Wycombe371410134546-152
12Cambridge36148144742550
13Grimsby37148154446-250
14Barnet361114114549-447
15Morecambe36137164455-1146
16Accrington351111134446-244
17Crawley37128174359-1644
18Yeovil361013133645-943
19Crewe371012154154-1342
20Hartlepool371011164861-1341
21Notts County37117194165-2440
22Cheltenham37912163851-1339
23Newport36711184058-1832
24Leyton Orient3795234063-2332
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