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Colchester United 0-1 Barnet

Alex Nicholls' second-half strike proved enough to give Barnet three precious points and dent Colchester's play-off hopes.

Ryan Watson fired wide for Barnet early on and Mikael Mandron went close for Colchester in similar fashion, before Nicholls wasted a gilt-edged chance for the visitors in the 19th minute, blazing over unmarked from 10 yards.

Colchester twice came close to taking the lead late in the first half, with Brandon Comley's excellent 25-yard strike flashing inches wide of the upright and Barnet keeper George Legg alert enough to foil Courtney Senior in the area.

Colchester changed their formation at the break in a bid to make a breakthrough.

But it was the Bees who scored the winner just after the hour mark through Nicholls, who controlled and fired low past Sam Walker from close range after John Akinde had picked him out in the penalty area.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Walker
  • 18EastmanSubstituted forDickensonat 45'minutes
  • 26Inniss
  • 6Kent
  • 2Jackson
  • 14Comley
  • 16Murray
  • 22Vincent-YoungSubstituted forWrightat 85'minutes
  • 20Senior
  • 27Ogedi-UzokweSubstituted forMandevilleat 55'minutes
  • 19MandronBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 4Lapslie
  • 5Prosser
  • 7Wright
  • 11Dickenson
  • 17Stevenson
  • 21Mandeville
  • 29Gilmartin

Barnet

Formation 4-3-3

  • 40Legg
  • 20da Silva Vilhete
  • 26SweeneyBooked at 45mins
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 13Tutonda
  • 7Watson
  • 8Weston
  • 15BoverBooked at 63minsSubstituted forTaylorat 78'minutes
  • 11CoulthirstSubstituted forNicholsonat 86'minutes
  • 9Akinde
  • 23Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 4Clough
  • 12Taylor
  • 19Shomotun
  • 21Ross
  • 32Payne
  • 41Nicholson
  • 42Plavotic
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
3,121

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 0, Barnet 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Barnet 1.

  3. Post update

    Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by David Tutonda (Barnet).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Frankie Kent (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ricardo Santos.

  7. Post update

    Foul by John Akinde (Barnet).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Frankie Kent (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Watson (Barnet).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Jordan Nicholson replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Kane Vincent-Young.

  14. Post update

    Shaquile Coulthirst (Barnet) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Jack Taylor replaces Ruben Bover because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Ruben Bover (Barnet) because of an injury.

  18. Booking

    Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Ryan Watson (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton34208674344068
2Accrington34205958382065
3Wycombe34188867501762
4Notts County351710856362061
5Mansfield341612653351860
6Exeter33184114437758
7Swindon35183145551457
8Lincoln City34141194637953
9Coventry33156123728951
10Carlisle35149125045551
11Crawley35156144143-251
12Colchester351311114541450
13Newport341212104143-248
14Cambridge35139133545-1048
15Stevenage35119154651-542
16Cheltenham351010154852-440
17Yeovil34108164655-938
18Crewe35113214157-1636
19Forest Green34106183956-1736
20Grimsby3599173051-2136
21Morecambe33811143444-1035
22Port Vale3498173749-1235
23Chesterfield3486203561-2630
24Barnet3578203352-1929
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