Colchester United 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

colchester united 1 0 forest green rovers - Colchester United 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

Colchester returned to winning ways with a hard-earned 1-0 League Two victory to end Forest Green’s unbeaten league record.

The visitors will be disappointed to come away empty-handed, having dominated much of the possession but having nothing to show for their efforts.

Colchester’s winner came after just 69 seconds when midfielder Noah Chilvers nodded in defender Miles Welch-Hayes’ cross unmarked from close range.

Forest Green almost levelled after 13 minutes through Odin Bailey’s close-range header from Scott Wagstaff’s cross which hit the crossbar.

Ebou Adams drove a low shot just wide of the far post soon after and the first half was an open affair that ebbed and flowed.

Forest Green started the second half well and nearly equalised when Bailey’s free-kick deflected off the Colchester wall and flew inches wide.

And the visitors came even closer to scoring when Jamille Matt’s close-range header from Josh March’s cross was saved by U’s goalkeeper Dean Gerken.

Substitute Jake Young came close for Forest Green late on but Colchester held out for a narrow win.

Match report provided by PA Media.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 18EastmanBooked at 67mins
  • 5Smith
  • 3BramallBooked at 77mins
  • 14ChilversBooked at 42mins
  • 8PellBooked at 80mins
  • 11Harriott
  • 26GambinSubstituted forSowunmiat 84′minutes
  • 23PokuSubstituted forNorrisat 75′minutes
  • 10BrownSubstituted forBohuiat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 7Senior
  • 9Norris
  • 17Scarlett
  • 29George
  • 33Marshall
  • 37Bohui

Forest Green

  • 1McGee
  • 3BernardSubstituted forMarchat 45′minutes
  • 5StokesBooked at 52mins
  • 6Kitching
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 8Adams
  • 7WinchesterBooked at 90mins
  • 20WhitehouseSubstituted forCollinsat 57′minutes
  • 21WagstaffSubstituted forYoungat 73′minutes
  • 17Bailey
  • 14Matt

Substitutes

  • 10Collins
  • 16Evans
  • 18Young
  • 19McCoulsky
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Richardson
  • 28March

Referee:
Carl Brook

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Colchester United 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

  3. Attempt blocked. Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

  5. Attempt blocked. Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Stokes.

  6. Udoka Godwin-Malife (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

  8. Foul by Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers).

  9. Thomas Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Foul by Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers).

  12. Joshua Bohui (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Attempt missed. Jake Young (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Josh March with a cross.

  14. Attempt missed. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Liam Kitching.

  15. Substitution, Colchester United. Omar Sowunmi replaces Luke Gambin.

  16. Harry Pell (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Foul by Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers).

  18. Dean Gerken (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution, Colchester United. Joshua Bohui replaces Jevani Brown.

  20. Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Miles Welch-Hayes.

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