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Colchester United 3-1 Exeter City

Sammie Szmodics claimed a first-half hat-trick as Colchester secured an impressive League Two win over promotion-chasing Exeter.

Szmodics' opening strike took a big deflection off Exeter defender Troy Archibald-Henville after the U's forward had burst into the penalty area.

Colchester went further ahead when Szmodics scored from the penalty spot, after Kane Vincent-Young was fouled in the area by Jake Taylor.

Szmodics then netted again with a superb shot into the top corner of the net from inside the area, after Frankie Kent had missed his kick.

Szmodics almost scored again just before half-time with a superb curled effort which smacked the outside of a post.

Substitute Jayden Stockley pulled a goal back for Exeter just after the hour when he stooped low to head home from Hiran Boateng's corner.

Taylor fired over after goalkeeper Sam Walker had denied Boateng, and at the other end, Szmodics blasted over with only Christy Pym to beat.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 18Eastman
  • 26InnissSubstituted forMurrayat 54'minutes
  • 6KentBooked at 69mins
  • 2Jackson
  • 4Lapslie
  • 14Comley
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 7Wright
  • 10SzmodicsBooked at 81minsSubstituted forOdelusiat 88'minutes
  • 19Mandron

Substitutes

  • 3Kinsella
  • 16Murray
  • 17Reid
  • 21Hanlan
  • 24Slater
  • 27Odelusi
  • 29Gilmartin

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Archibald-HenvilleBooked at 81mins
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 22Wilson
  • 4JamesSubstituted forStockleyat 32'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 44Boateng
  • 21MoxeySubstituted forMcAlindenat 79'minutes
  • 7HarleySubstituted forEdwardsat 59'minutes
  • 33Reid

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 6Tillson
  • 11Stockley
  • 13Hamon
  • 18Seaborne
  • 19McAlinden
  • 28Edwards
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
3,049

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 3, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 3, Exeter City 1.

Attempt blocked. Kane Wilson (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sanmi Odelusi replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Brandon Comley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hiram Boateng (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Sean Murray (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Troy Archibald-Henville (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Kane Wilson (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Dean Moxey.

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

Foul by Reuben Reid (Exeter City).

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Sean Murray (Colchester United).

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

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

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Exeter City 1. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hiram Boateng with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Drey Wright.

Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).

Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Kyle Edwards replaces Ryan Harley.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Tom Lapslie.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sean Murray replaces Ryan Inniss because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Brandon Comley (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton21126349193042
2Notts County21126336211542
3Accrington20114532221037
4Exeter2111372925436
5Wycombe219753829934
6Lincoln City219662619733
7Coventry219572114732
8Swindon2010283025532
9Mansfield218853025532
10Colchester219572924532
11Grimsby219572526-132
12Newport218763025531
13Cambridge218581725-829
14Carlisle217773130128
15Cheltenham217682829-127
16Stevenage217682631-527
17Crawley216691923-424
18Morecambe215791725-822
19Port Vale2163122131-1021
20Yeovil2155112740-1320
21Chesterfield2155112538-1320
22Crewe2162132135-1420
23Forest Green2155112340-1720
24Barnet2145122231-917
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