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Cheltenham Town 0-3 Colchester United

Colchester ended their long winless run with an impressive performance at 10-man Cheltenham.

Three second-half goals were enough to secure a first win in 11 League Two games for the U's.

The only serious save of an uneventful first period was made by Cheltenham's Russell Griffiths, who kept out a left-footed effort from Craig Slater in the fourth minute.

But former Kilmarnock midfielder Slater shot low past Griffiths three minutes into the second half after evading several challenges in the box, finding the bottom-right corner.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 65th minute when Kurtis Guthrie set up Brennan Dickenson, who fired a powerful shot into the net from 14 yards.

And Tom Eastman added the third to put the result beyond any doubt, nodding Owen Garvan's corner home from close range three minutes later.

The home side's night went from bad to worse when Harry Pell was sent off in the 87th minute for simulation after going down in the box in search of a penalty.

Colchester gave a start to defender George Elokobi after he was recalled from his loan spell at National League side Braintree Town.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Griffiths
  • 28Dickie
  • 24O'Shaughnessy
  • 6Parslow
  • 17CranstonBooked at 81mins
  • 18RoweSubstituted forMunnsat 67'minutes
  • 7PellBooked at 87mins
  • 8Waters
  • 4StorerSubstituted forMorgan-Smithat 51'minutes
  • 9Wright
  • 30HolmanSubstituted forArthurat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Barthram
  • 10Morgan-Smith
  • 11Munns
  • 12Kitscha
  • 15Arthur
  • 23Whitehead
  • 26Suliman

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2BrindleySubstituted forVincent-Youngat 88'minutes
  • 18Eastman
  • 6Kent
  • 15ElokobiBooked at 26mins
  • 24Slater
  • 4Lapslie
  • 22GarvanSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 90+1'minutes
  • 11Dickenson
  • 28Guthrie
  • 17JohnstoneSubstituted forWrightat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 19Bonne
  • 25Barnes
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 32Kamara
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
2,276

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Colchester United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Colchester United 3.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Attempt blocked. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Attempt blocked. Koby Arthur (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United).

Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tarique Fosu-Henry replaces Owen Garvan.

Foul by George Elokobi (Colchester United).

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Kane Vincent-Young replaces Richard Brindley.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Owen Garvan (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Denny Johnstone.

Foul by Owen Garvan (Colchester United).

Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Koby Arthur (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by George Elokobi.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Colchester United 3. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Owen Garvan following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Daniel O'Shaughnessy.

Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jack Munns replaces James Rowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Koby Arthur replaces Dan Holman.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Colchester United 2. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kurtis Guthrie.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Colchester United).

James Rowe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth1812242819938
2Carlisle1898132211135
3Doncaster17103435241133
4Portsmouth1894531181331
5Luton1886428181030
6Grimsby187562522326
7Crewe186842221126
8Wycombe187472122-125
9Mansfield186751920-125
10Blackpool186662921824
11Barnet185942425-124
12Yeovil177371822-424
13Hartlepool185762830-222
14Cambridge186481822-422
15Notts County186482229-722
16Stevenage166372324-121
17Colchester185582326-320
18Accrington185581924-520
19Crawley175571825-720
20Morecambe1862102135-1420
21Exeter1861112025-519
22Leyton Orient1853102023-318
23Cheltenham183961925-618
24Newport174582123-217
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