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Exeter City 3-0 Colchester United

Matt Jay netted his third goal in five games to get Exeter's play-off push back on track courtesy of a 3-0 win over Colchester.

The Grecians striker struck on the stroke of half-time, planting a half-volley past Rene Gilmartin.

Jay turned creator for the second goal in the 66th minute when he sent a deft chip into the path of Holmes, who lifted the ball over the advancing Gilmartin.

Nicky Law sealed the win in the 76th minute after latching on to Hiram Boateng's pass and prodding the ball home.

It was only Exeter's second win in their last seven games but the three points were enough to leapfrog Colchester back into the top seven.

The first half was a triumph of endeavour over creativity until Jay produced the only moment of quality.

Exeter survived a scare at the start of the second half as the ball ricocheted into the path of Sammie Szmodics and his shot was brilliantly saved by Christy Pym.

After Holmes stretched Exeter's lead, Colchester poured forward and Mikael Mandron and Szmodics forced Pym into smart saves.

But Law wrapped up the win, leaving Colchester with only one win from their last six games.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 20Wilson
  • 4O'Shea
  • 21Moxey
  • 3WoodmanBooked at 53mins
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forCollinsat 75'minutes
  • 44BoatengSubstituted forBrownat 81'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 8Law
  • 17Jay
  • 12BowmanSubstituted forWilsonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Martin
  • 11Williams
  • 13Hamon
  • 14Forte
  • 19Wilson
  • 27Collins
  • 39Brown

Colchester

  • 25Gilmartin
  • 18Eastman
  • 5ProsserSubstituted forEisaat 71'minutes
  • 6Kent
  • 2Jackson
  • 19Mandron
  • 24Stevenson
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 10Szmodics
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forMillerat 87'minutes
  • 9Norris

Substitutes

  • 1Barnes
  • 11Dickenson
  • 16Wright
  • 27Chilvers
  • 35Kensdale
  • 39Eisa
  • 47Miller
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
3,951

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 3, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Colchester United 0.

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

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

Foul by Nicky Law (Exeter City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Donovan Wilson replaces Ryan Bowman.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Christy Pym.

Attempt saved. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Todd Miller replaces Courtney Senior.

Attempt saved. Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Attempt saved. Matt Jay (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Rene Gilmartin.

Attempt saved. Kane Wilson (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Troy Brown replaces Hiram Boateng.

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 3, Colchester United 0. Nicky Law (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hiram Boateng.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Archie Collins replaces Lee Holmes.

Attempt missed. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Abobaker Eisa replaces Luke Prosser.

Attempt saved. Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Christy Pym.

Attempt saved. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Frankie Kent (Colchester United) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Colchester United 0. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top left corner. Assisted by Matt Jay.

Dara O'Shea (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ben Stevenson.

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

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Kane Wilson (Exeter City).

goal

As It Stood

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1Lincoln City372112465353075
2Bury372010771413070
3MK Dons381991062402266
4Mansfield371714654302465
5Tranmere3717101054421261
6Forest Green3815131055391658
7Exeter3716101150371358
8Colchester381691357461157
9Carlisle38176155749857
10Stevenage38158154347-453
11Northampton381216104847152
12Newport37157154656-1052
13Swindon371312124346-351
14Crewe38148164648-250
15Oldham371212135448648
16Grimsby38146184048-848
17Cheltenham38129174656-1045
18Crawley38127194055-1543
19Morecambe38119184458-1442
20Port Vale381011173343-1041
21Cambridge37118183254-2241
22Yeovil3899203654-1836
23Macclesfield3789203862-2433
24Notts County38712193871-3333
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