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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 Crewe Alexandra 14 +9 29
2 Bradford City 14 +8 27
3 Newport County 13 +7 26
4 Exeter City 14 +3 26
5 Cheltenham Town 13 +11 25
6 Forest Green Rovers 14 +7 25
7 Swindon Town 14 +2 21
8 Plymouth Argyle 14 +4 20
9 Macclesfield Town 14 +1 20
10 Cambridge United 14 +6 19
11 Colchester United 14 +3 19
12 Leyton Orient 14 +1 19
13 Crawley Town 14 0 19
14 Grimsby Town 14 0 18
15 Northampton Town 14 0 18
16 Port Vale 14 -2 18
17 Mansfield Town 14 +2 17
18 Salford City 14 -6 17
19 Walsall 14 -9 15
20 Carlisle United 14 -10 14
21 Oldham Athletic 14 -10 11
22 Scunthorpe United 14 -6 10
23 Morecambe 14 -12 10
24 Stevenage 14 -9 9