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Colchester United 5-1 Forest Green Rovers

Colchester registered their first League Two win of the season in emphatic style, thrashing visitors Forest Green.

The hosts took a fourth-minute lead through Kyel Reid's close-range strike after Sammie Szmodics' effort had been blocked following Drey Wright's cross.

Forest Green keeper Bradley Collins denied Reid before Colchester doubled their lead through Frankie Kent, whose far-post header from Reid's accurate cross looped in.

The visitors halved the deficit less than two minutes later when Liam Noble's low 20-yard effort flew in off a post.

Szmodics twice went close before half-time while Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker thwarted Rovers striker Christian Doidge.

Colchester restored their two-goal advantage just after the hour when Szmodics fired in at the second attempt after his initial effort from Tariq Issa's cross had been blocked on the line.

Kane Vincent-Young ran more than 50 yards to score with 16 minutes remaining and substitute Courtney Senior tapped in a fifth in stoppage-time after Collins denied Tommy O'Sullivan, as the U's racked up a big win.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 18Eastman
  • 6Kent
  • 3Kinsella
  • 16Murray
  • 4Lapslie
  • 17ReidSubstituted forIssaat 63'minutes
  • 7WrightSubstituted forSeniorat 85'minutes
  • 19Mandron
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Kpekawa
  • 20Senior
  • 23O'Sullivan
  • 29Gilmartin
  • 31Issa
  • 35James
  • 42McKeown

Forest Green

  • 1Collins
  • 2Bennett
  • 21RobertsBooked at 53mins
  • 20Iacovitti
  • 3Laird
  • 5Collins
  • 15CooperBooked at 90mins
  • 8NobleSubstituted forMullingsat 75'minutes
  • 10BrownSubstituted forTraoréat 45'minutes
  • 33JamesSubstituted forBugielat 63'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 4Traoré
  • 6Monthe
  • 11Bugiel
  • 14Mullings
  • 17Wishart
  • 18Evans
  • 23Russell
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
3,047

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home23
Away4
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 5, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 5, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Booking

Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 5, Forest Green Rovers 1. Courtney Senior (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommy O'Sullivan.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Kane Vincent-Young.

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Tommy O'Sullivan (Colchester United).

Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Drissa Traoré.

Attempt blocked. Sean Murray (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Roberts (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Courtney Senior replaces Drey Wright.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tommy O'Sullivan replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Shamir Mullings replaces Liam Noble.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 4, Forest Green Rovers 1. Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Frankie Kent (Colchester United) because of an injury.

Foul by Tariq Issa (Colchester United).

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Noble (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Forest Green Rovers 1. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

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

Tariq Issa (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Sean Murray (Colchester United).

Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tariq Issa replaces Kyel Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Omar Bugiel replaces Luke James.

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).

Kyel Reid (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter431074310
2Newport42209548
3Stevenage42208538
4Crewe42205328
5Luton421113587
6Accrington42119727
7Notts County42118717
8Wycombe4211101007
9Swindon421145-17
10Coventry42025326
11Carlisle42027706
12Yeovil42021014-46
13Lincoln City41217525
14Mansfield41217615
15Morecambe41213305
16Colchester411278-14
17Barnet411234-14
18Cambridge411223-14
19Forest Green4112712-54
20Crawley410345-13
21Port Vale410357-23
22Grimsby410369-33
23Cheltenham410359-43
24Chesterfield410349-53
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