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Colchester United 1-0 Northampton Town

Luke Norris was on target as Colchester claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over Northampton to register their first League Two win of the season.

Norris bagged their winner from the penalty spot in the 66th minute after Shaun McWilliams had fouled Ben Stevenson in the area.

Northampton almost took an early lead through Sam Hoskins, whose fierce 25-yard effort was parried away by goalkeeper Dean Gerken.

And the Cobblers nearly scored again in the 27th minute when Ryan Clampin did brilliantly to nod Vadaine Oliver's header off the line.

Norris headed a good chance over for Colchester, who almost went ahead six minutes before half-time when Northampton goalkeeper David Cornell pushed away Jevani Brown's curled effort.

Cornell then denied Courtney Senior early in the second half and Charlie Goode almost converted Frank Nouble's cross into his own net, soon after.

Ryan Watson hooked a shot just over for Northampton, on the hour mark but - seconds after Cornell had denied Luke Gambin - Colchester took the lead through Norris, who picked out the top corner with his spot-kick.

Gerken pushed away Nicky Adams' low shot as the match wore on but Colchester held out for maximum points.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Jackson
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Prosser
  • 21Clampin
  • 10BrownSubstituted forGambinat 57'minutes
  • 14Comley
  • 24StevensonSubstituted forJamesat 88'minutes
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forCowan-Hallat 83'minutes
  • 9Norris
  • 45Nouble

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 11Cowan-Hall
  • 17James
  • 26Gambin
  • 27Chilvers
  • 29Ross
  • 49Poku

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 17McWilliams
  • 5Goode
  • 6Turnbull
  • 39BunneyBooked at 37mins
  • 10Adams
  • 8Watson
  • 14LinesBooked at 33minsSubstituted forPollockat 89'minutes
  • 7Hoskins
  • 19OliverSubstituted forWatersat 63'minutes
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forSmithat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Smith
  • 12Pollock
  • 15Williams
  • 20Warburton
  • 22Roberts
  • 29Waters
  • 33Fisher
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
3,164

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 1, Northampton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Northampton Town 0.

Foul by Ryan Watson (Northampton Town).

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

Attempt missed. Scott Pollock (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Harry Smith (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Goode.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Scott Pollock replaces Chris Lines.

Attempt missed. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Cameron James replaces Ben Stevenson.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Smith with a headed pass.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Paris Cowan-Hall replaces Courtney Senior.

Attempt missed. Courtney Senior (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Frank Nouble with a headed pass.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Brandon Comley.

Attempt blocked. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Smith with a headed pass.

Foul by Ben Stevenson (Colchester United).

Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

Attempt saved. Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun McWilliams.

Attempt saved. Harry Smith (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ben Stevenson (Colchester United).

Harry Smith (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

Charlie Goode (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Billy Waters (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Harry Smith replaces Andy Williams.

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Offside, Colchester United. Frank Nouble tries a through ball, but Luke Gambin is caught offside.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Shaun McWilliams.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Andy Williams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Northampton Town 0. Luke Norris (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty Colchester United. Ben Stevenson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Luke Gambin (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter532063311
2Plymouth531193610
3Forest Green531153210
4Macclesfield53026339
5Newport52304229
6Crewe530256-19
7Grimsby522110648
8Cheltenham52218448
9Bradford52215238
10Swindon52218628
11Cambridge52216518
12Crawley52129817
13Leyton Orient521268-27
14Mansfield51318716
15Salford51317706
16Port Vale513179-26
17Colchester512256-15
18Morecambe512257-25
19Walsall512225-35
20Northampton511335-24
21Carlisle5113610-44
22Oldham511337-44
23Stevenage502304-42
24Scunthorpe5014512-71
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