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Notts County 3-1 Colchester United

Two goals from Shola Ameobi helped Notts County claim a third win on the bounce to dent Colchester's play-off hopes at Meadow Lane.

The Magpies made their intentions clear from the start as Adam Campbell shot wide before Haydn Hollis opened the scoring after Ameobi hit the woodwork.

It was no more than Kevin Nolan's side deserved for a brilliant opening, but they were pegged back in the 21st minute when Chris Porter lashed in a superb equaliser.

But Notts were soon back on the front foot and after Jorge Grant went close, Ameobi restored the lead with a thumping effort from the edge of the box.

Colchester were sent out early for the second half, but they couldn't stop the hosts who should have made it 3-1 when Grant's cutback was turned wide by Jon Stead.

The third goal came in the 73rd minute as Grant's pinpoint free-kick was headed in by Ameobi as Notts cruised to a win that moves them well away from any relegation danger.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Collin
  • 2Tootle
  • 5Duffy
  • 6Hollis
  • 3Dickinson
  • 24CampbellSubstituted forCampbellat 90+4'minutes
  • 18HewittSubstituted forSmithat 90'minutes
  • 12MilsomBooked at 33mins
  • 17Grant
  • 9Ameobi
  • 30SteadSubstituted forHowesat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Smith
  • 11Forte
  • 14Campbell
  • 16Bola
  • 23Clackstone
  • 35Searson
  • 47Howes

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 35JamesSubstituted forBriggsat 45'minutes
  • 15ElokobiBooked at 31mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 2Brindley
  • 4LapslieSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 77'minutes
  • 23Murray
  • 7Wright
  • 11Dickenson
  • 9Porter
  • 27PykeSubstituted forBonneat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Briggs
  • 14Wynter
  • 19Bonne
  • 29Brill
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 32O'Sullivan
  • 33Kinsella
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
6,104

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home21
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 3, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 3, Colchester United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Tahvon Campbell replaces Adam Campbell.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Alex Howes replaces Jon Stead.

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jorge Grant.

Attempt blocked. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Alan Smith replaces Elliott Hewitt because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Matthew Briggs (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Elliott Hewitt (Notts County) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jorge Grant (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Robert Milsom (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Rekeil Pyke.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tarique Fosu-Henry replaces Tom Lapslie.

Robert Milsom (Notts County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 3, Colchester United 1. Shola Ameobi (Notts County) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jorge Grant with a cross.

Richard Duffy (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Drey Wright.

Attempt missed. Drey Wright (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. George Elokobi (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Robert Milsom.

Carl Dickinson (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).

Jon Stead (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Elokobi (Colchester United).

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by George Elokobi.

Attempt blocked. Jon Stead (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Adam Campbell (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by George Elokobi.

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

Attempt saved. Jon Stead (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Matt Tootle (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Shola Ameobi (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster40249780463481
2Plymouth402361159411875
3Portsmouth402181163352871
4Stevenage402051565521365
5Luton401615957372063
6Exeter401881465481762
7Carlisle401614105858062
8Blackpool4015151061412060
9Mansfield401513124945458
10Wycombe401610144947258
11Cambridge40169155045557
12Colchester40169155654257
13Accrington401413135149255
14Grimsby401410164753-652
15Barnet401215135054-451
16Notts County40147194666-2049
17Crewe401212164656-1048
18Crawley40139184761-1448
19Yeovil401016144253-1146
20Morecambe40137204764-1746
21Cheltenham401012184256-1442
22Hartlepool401011194967-1841
23Newport40812204464-2036
24Leyton Orient4095264172-3132
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