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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Ben Stevenson (59')
  • Tom Eastman (80')

Ben Stevenson scores on debut as Colchester end winless run

Colchester registered their first victory of 2018 by beating play-off rivals Newport County 2-0 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Second-half goals from debutant Ben Stevenson and Tom Eastman ended the hosts'six-game winless run.
Colchester had the better chances in the first half, with Sean Murray's rasping 25-yard drive flying over early on and Ryan Jackson's rasping cross-shot deflected wide of the far post just before the break.
Newport goalkeeper Joe Day saved Kane Vincent-Young's low shot early in the second half.
But Colchester finally broke the deadlock just before the hour when debutant Stevenson, on as a second-half substitute for the injured Murray, tapped in from close range after being set up by Courtney Senior.
Mikael Mandron blasted a good chance over with 20 minutes to go after more good work by Senior and Kurtis Guthrie also squandered a good opportunity for the hosts.
Colchester wrapped up victory with 10 minutes remaining when Eastman squeezed a shot home at the far post, after Newport failed to properly clear Brandon Comley's corner.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Crewe Alexandra 15 +9 30
2 Cheltenham Town 14 +14 28
3 Forest Green Rovers 15 +9 28
4 Bradford City 15 +7 27
5 Newport County 14 +7 27
6 Exeter City 15 +1 26
7 Swindon Town 15 +3 24
8 Plymouth Argyle 15 +8 23
9 Northampton Town 15 +2 21
10 Port Vale 15 -1 21
11 Cambridge United 15 +6 20
12 Colchester United 15 +3 20
13 Crawley Town 15 0 20
14 Macclesfield Town 15 -2 20
15 Salford City 15 -5 20
16 Grimsby Town 15 0 19
17 Leyton Orient 15 -3 19
18 Mansfield Town 15 +1 17
19 Walsall 15 -11 15
20 Oldham Athletic 15 -8 14
21 Carlisle United 15 -12 14
22 Scunthorpe United 15 -4 13
23 Morecambe 15 -14 10
24 Stevenage 15 -10 9