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Colchester United 2-1 Barnet

Colchester boosted their play-off chances with a deserved win over Barnet.

The hosts suffered a double injury blow early in the game when Frankie Kent and Lloyd Doyley were both forced off.

But they took an 18th-minute lead through Kurtis Guthrie, who netted with a low 25-yard drive after being found by Denny Johnstone.

Barnet goalkeeper Josh Vickers denied Craig Slater and Alex Wynter also went close, while at the other end Sam Walker produced a fine save to deny Curtis Weston from close range.

Colchester doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when Brennan Dickenson squeezed home his shot.

John Akinde headed home Mauro Vilhete's cross with four minutes remaining but it was too little, too late for the visitors.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 30DoyleyBooked at 4minsSubstituted forBriggsat 16'minutes
  • 6KentSubstituted forWynterat 11'minutes
  • 15Elokobi
  • 11Dickenson
  • 4Lapslie
  • 24Slater
  • 22Garvan
  • 28Guthrie
  • 17JohnstoneBooked at 55minsSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Briggs
  • 14Wynter
  • 25Barnes
  • 27Pyke
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 35James
  • 39Edge

Barnet

  • 12Vickers
  • 41Clough
  • 6Nelson
  • 4Dembélé
  • 3Johnson
  • 17CoulsonSubstituted forCampbell-Ryceat 45'minutes
  • 20Champion
  • 8WestonSubstituted forAmaluzorat 64'minutes
  • 18KyeiSubstituted forBoverat 68'minutes
  • 32VilheteBooked at 57mins
  • 9Akinde

Substitutes

  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 11Bover
  • 13Campbell-Ryce
  • 30Amaluzor
  • 31McKenzie-Lyle
  • 34Mason-Clark
  • 39Sweeney
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
3,606

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Barnet 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Barnet 1.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Kane Vincent-Young.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Brennan Dickenson.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Tom Lapslie.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tarique Fosu-Henry replaces Denny Johnstone.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Barnet 1. John Akinde (Barnet) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mauro Vilhete.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Brennan Dickenson.

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

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

Foul by Bira Dembélé (Barnet).

Attempt missed. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Craig Slater (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Craig Slater (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Ruben Bover replaces Nana Kyei.

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Alex Wynter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Akinde (Barnet).

Attempt saved. Owen Garvan (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Justin Amaluzor replaces Curtis Weston.

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Barnet).

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

Attempt blocked. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mauro Vilhete (Barnet).

Booking

Denny Johnstone (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Denny Johnstone (Colchester United).

Tom Champion (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Bira Dembélé (Barnet) because of an injury.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United).

Bira Dembélé (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Denny Johnstone (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Elliot Johnson.

Second Half

Second Half begins Colchester United 2, Barnet 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Jamal Campbell-Ryce replaces Luke Coulson.

Half Time

First Half ends, Colchester United 2, Barnet 0.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster30196559352463
2Plymouth29193748301860
3Carlisle30131345243952
4Luton301310744291549
5Exeter301531248321648
6Portsmouth29146942281448
7Mansfield30121083730746
8Wycombe2913793735246
9Colchester2912894436844
10Stevenage30133144747042
11Blackpool291011843291441
12Barnet30101193942-341
13Grimsby30117123639-340
14Cambridge29116123634239
15Morecambe28115123644-838
16Yeovil30910113237-537
17Crawley29106133444-1036
18Crewe30711123143-1232
19Hartlepool30710133752-1531
20Cheltenham30611133344-1129
21Accrington2878132637-1129
22Notts County3085173254-2229
23Leyton Orient3075183045-1526
24Newport2959153347-1424
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