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Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Colchester United

Colchester's slim play-off aspirations were given a boost by victory at Forest Green.

Early goals in either half from Drey Wright and Ben Stevenson left the U's four points shy of the top seven, with Rovers, for whom Reuben Reid scored a penalty, six points above the drop zone.

Colchester caught Forest Green cold from the kick-off as Wright got on the end of Sammie Szmodics' cross to poke over the line after just 16 seconds.

Visiting manager Mark Cooper appeared unhappy with the way the game was going as he came down from the stands to the technical area, and moments later his side were awarded a penalty.

Haydn Hollis took a tumble in the box under pressure from Tom Eastman and Reid stepped up to net his 14th goal of the season and level the contest.

Yet Forest Green were once again sluggish at the beginning of the second period and Stevenson fizzed home to restore Colchester's lead in the 47th minute.

The U's were nearly pegged back again right at the death, though, as goalkeeper Sam Walker touched Dayle Grubb's free-kick around a post.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Collins
  • 2Bennett
  • 32Hollis
  • 16GunningBooked at 34mins
  • 17Wishart
  • 31BraySubstituted forLairdat 73'minutes
  • 5CollinsSubstituted forBrownat 78'minutes
  • 34OsbourneBooked at 74mins
  • 8Grubb
  • 26Reid
  • 25CampbellSubstituted forDoidgeat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 9Doidge
  • 10Brown
  • 12Simpson
  • 15Cooper
  • 20Rawson
  • 30Belford

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2Jackson
  • 5ProsserBooked at 25mins
  • 18EastmanBooked at 90mins
  • 22Vincent-YoungBooked at 69mins
  • 7WrightSubstituted forMurrayat 78'minutes
  • 17Stevenson
  • 14Comley
  • 20SeniorSubstituted forShodipoat 70'minutes
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forMandevilleat 87'minutes
  • 19Mandron

Substitutes

  • 6Kent
  • 8Loft
  • 15Shodipo
  • 16Murray
  • 21Mandeville
  • 25Barnes
  • 27Ogedi-Uzokwe
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
2,869

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Colchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Colchester United 2.

Olamide Shodipo (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt saved. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Liam Mandeville (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Olamide Shodipo (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Attempt saved. Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Liam Mandeville replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Attempt saved. Olamide Shodipo (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Brandon Comley (Colchester United).

Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sean Murray replaces Drey Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Reece Brown replaces Lee Collins.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

Daniel Wishart (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Isaiah Osbourne (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Stevenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Scott Laird replaces Alex Bray.

Attempt missed. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Olamide Shodipo replaces Courtney Senior.

Booking

Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United).

Foul by Daniel Wishart (Forest Green Rovers).

Ben Stevenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington39255966402680
2Luton412211884434177
3Wycombe412111975552074
4Exeter40216135445969
5Notts County4118131061431867
6Lincoln City401813957421567
7Coventry401981350381265
8Mansfield401615957431463
9Swindon40195166160162
10Colchester411613125145661
11Carlisle411612135750760
12Newport391315114950-154
13Crawley41159175158-754
14Cambridge401412144252-1054
15Cheltenham411212175960-148
16Stevenage401212165457-348
17Yeovil38129175359-645
18Crewe41135235267-1544
19Port Vale411013184557-1243
20Morecambe39915153848-1042
21Forest Green40117224869-2140
22Grimsby41911213363-3038
23Chesterfield3897224168-2734
24Barnet4189243763-2633
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