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Colchester United 1-2 Stevenage

Colchester United's automatic promotion hopes suffered a blow after they were beaten at home by Stevenage, who claimed a first away win since October.

The game was delayed for 15 minutes after the visitors' coach broke down on the way to the ground.

But it was Boro who caught the hosts cold when they took a fifth-minute lead, Ben Nugent's header from Joel Byrom's free-kick striking a post before going in for an own goal off Colchester goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin.

After Stevenage keeper Paul Farman denied Harry Pell, the visitors then doubled their lead 10 minutes before half-time when Danny Newton tapped in from two yards after Kurtis Guthrie had headed back Jamal Campbell-Ryce's deep cross.

Farman denied both Frank Nouble and Sammie Szmodics in first-half stoppage-time and Colchester substitute Mikael Mandron's header rattled a post for the hosts.

Colchester eventually pulled a goal back with seven minutes remaining through skipper Luke Prosser, who touched in from close range after Tom Eastman had headed Brennan Dickenson's corner towards goal.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 25Gilmartin
  • 18Eastman
  • 5ProsserBooked at 56mins
  • 6KentBooked at 39minsSubstituted forVincent-Youngat 45'minutes
  • 2JacksonBooked at 74mins
  • 4LapslieSubstituted forSeniorat 66'minutes
  • 8Pell
  • 11Dickenson
  • 10Szmodics
  • 45Nouble
  • 9NorrisSubstituted forMandronat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barnes
  • 7Senior
  • 14Comley
  • 19Mandron
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 23Gondoh
  • 35Kensdale

Stevenage

  • 1FarmanBooked at 88mins
  • 15VancootenBooked at 65mins
  • 31Nugent
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 12Seddon
  • 20Campbell-RyceBooked at 85minsSubstituted forHuntat 86'minutes
  • 16Iontton
  • 8ByromBooked at 21mins
  • 10KennedySubstituted forHenryat 85'minutes
  • 19NewtonSubstituted forRevellat 70'minutes
  • 28Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 3Hunt
  • 7Ball
  • 9Revell
  • 11Sonupe
  • 22Reid
  • 25Henry
  • 30Wilkinson
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
5,032

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home18
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home15
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 1, Stevenage 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Stevenage 2.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joel Byrom.

Harry Pell (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Stevenage).

Booking

Paul Farman (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Johnny Hunt replaces Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Booking

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ronnie Henry replaces Ben Kennedy.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Stevenage 2. Luke Prosser (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Eastman following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Paul Farman.

Attempt saved. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

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

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Luke Prosser (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Revell (Stevenage).

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

Alex Revell (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Mikael Mandron replaces Luke Norris.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Alex Revell replaces Danny Newton.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Kane Vincent-Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Courtney Senior replaces Tom Lapslie.

Attempt missed. Luke Norris (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Booking

Terence Vancooten (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Terence Vancooten (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Luke Prosser (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Prosser (Colchester United).

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

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

Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Terence Vancooten (Stevenage).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Danny Newton.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City23145442222047
2MK Dons23127433171643
3Mansfield221011134161841
4Colchester24125736251141
5Exeter2411763526940
6Bury24116745281739
7Forest Green23109435221339
8Tranmere2410773731637
9Carlisle24113103829936
10Stevenage2410593031-135
11Newport2310583541-635
12Oldham248883432232
13Swindon248882732-532
14Grimsby2494112730-331
15Northampton2461172931-229
16Port Vale2477102428-428
17Crewe2484122329-628
18Crawley2382133038-826
19Cheltenham2367102534-925
20Morecambe2474132640-1425
21Yeovil225892627-123
22Cambridge2465132139-1823
23Macclesfield2455142039-1920
24Notts County2447132651-2519
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