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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Reuben Reid (37' PEN)
  • Drey Wright (1')
  • Ben Stevenson (47')

Drey Wright gets Colchester off to flying start

Colchester's slim play-off aspirations were given a boost by a 2-1 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.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 26 +21 52
2 Bury 28 +21 49
3 Mansfield Town 27 +18 48
4 Milton Keynes Dons 26 +21 47
5 Colchester United 28 +12 46
6 Carlisle United 28 +10 45
7 Forest Green Rovers 26 +14 44
8 Exeter City 27 +10 44
9 Tranmere Rovers 27 +8 42
10 Stevenage 28 -2 41
11 Oldham Athletic 27 +7 39
12 Swindon Town 28 -6 37
13 Newport County 26 -8 36
14 Crewe Alexandra 28 -6 35
15 Grimsby Town 27 -5 34
16 Northampton Town 27 0 33
17 Crawley Town 28 -7 33
18 Cheltenham Town 27 -9 29
19 Port Vale 27 -10 29
20 Cambridge United 28 -22 29
21 Morecambe 28 -16 28
22 Yeovil Town 26 -4 27
23 Macclesfield Town 28 -19 24
24 Notts County 28 -28 21