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Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Colchester United

Sammie Szmodics' first-half deflected strike proved the difference as Colchester United won a cagey affair at Forest Green.

The U's striker bagged his eighth goal of the season on 26 minutes as he watched the ball clip Rovers' Gavin Gunning to beat James Montgomery all ends up.

Szmodics' opener was the first meaningful strike of a cagey first 45 minutes and he was close to a second with four minutes of the first half to go, but this time Montgomery's strong glove thwarted the diminutive striker.

Rovers failed to muster a shot in anger in the first-half, and saw their penalty claims ignored on 56 minutes when substitute Theo Archibald took a tumble under the challenge of Ryan Jackson after Courtney Senior had squandered possession.

Montgomery was on his mettle to deny Szmodics after Mikael Mandron fashioned the opportunity.

As the clock ticked, Rovers' sub Reuben Reid had a goal ruled out for offside. Only a stunning save from Dillon Barnes denied Reid 71st minute parity after a fizzing Archibald cross.

Colchester remain third in the table, and Rovers remain 10th.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 13Montgomery
  • 6Rawson
  • 20Digby
  • 16Gunning
  • 19McGinley
  • 7WinchesterSubstituted forWilliamsat 74'minutes
  • 4James
  • 21WorthingtonSubstituted forArchibaldat 45'minutes
  • 23MillsBooked at 82mins
  • 10Brown
  • 22MorrisSubstituted forReidat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sanchez
  • 5Collins
  • 11Williams
  • 14Campbell
  • 17Pearce
  • 18Archibald
  • 26Reid

Colchester

  • 1Barnes
  • 2JacksonSubstituted forDickensonat 70'minutes
  • 6Kent
  • 5Prosser
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 4Lapslie
  • 8Pell
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forComleyat 79'minutes
  • 10Szmodics
  • 45Nouble
  • 19Mandron

Substitutes

  • 11Dickenson
  • 14Comley
  • 16Wright
  • 23Gondoh
  • 29Ross
  • 35Kensdale
  • 39Collins
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
1,600

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Colchester United 1.

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers).

Harry Pell (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Theo Archibald (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).

Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt saved. Harry Pell (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers).

Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers).

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brandon Comley replaces Courtney Senior.

Attempt missed. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Courtney Senior.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Courtney Senior.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. George Williams replaces Carl Winchester.

Harry Pell (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Theo Archibald (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brennan Dickenson replaces Ryan Jackson because of an injury.

Delay in match Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Luke Prosser (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Reuben Reid replaces Ben Morris.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Foul by Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers).

Courtney Senior (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Pell (Colchester United).

Foul by Theo Archibald (Forest Green Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1MK Dons20117230131740
2Lincoln City19115334171738
3Colchester20105533191435
4Newport2010553132-135
5Bury2096538211733
6Mansfield19711127141332
7Exeter208752921831
8Tranmere208753025531
9Stevenage209472625131
10Forest Green207942820830
11Carlisle208392525027
12Swindon207672328-527
13Oldham206862621526
14Crawley198292730-326
15Crewe207492124-325
16Port Vale207492023-325
17Northampton205872528-323
18Grimsby2064101927-822
19Yeovil185672322121
20Morecambe2063111932-1321
21Cambridge2054111934-1519
22Cheltenham1945101830-1217
23Notts County2037102241-1916
24Macclesfield2034131637-2113
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