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U's Stun League Leaders

Swindon swept aside with late treble

28 January 2020

The U’s have come from behind to beat league leaders Swindon Town in a thrilling 3-1 win

Dialling Jaiyesimi put the visitors ahead just a couple of minutes into the second half before an inspired U’s performance pulled back the goals.

Luke Norris equalised with a well-placed header before Theo Robinson slid in to put the U's in front.

The game was sealed when Robinson got his second of the game after combining with Norris to find the bottom corner.

A brilliant result for the U’s keeps them in fifth place and within three points of the automatic spots in Sky Bet League Two.

The U's made one change from the side that played out a goalless draw against Exeter at the weekend, with Cohen Bramall returning to the starting eleven and Ryan Clampin dropping to the bench.

It was an end to end first half with the U’s having to be on their guard right from the off when Swindon came on the attack.

Kaiyne Woolery looked like a dangerous player for the visitors and had a shot saved in the sixth minute.

He burst down the left flank beyond Bramall and shot towards the near post only for his effort to be met by an alert Dean Gerken in goal.

Robinson nearly put the U’s in front with a spectacular outside of the foot volley from just outside the area.

Pell cushioned the ball down for the front man who nearly caught Benda out as the ball landed on the top of the net.

Gambin also went close with a volley three minutes later but saw his effort flicked over the bar by a Swindon head.

Gerken was on his game in the first half and pulled off a great save to deny Woolery.

The Swindon man was again free down the left after springing the U’s offside trap but couldn’t beat Gerken who got a fingertip to it and tipped the ball over the bar.

The two teams headed to the dressing rooms on level pegging after an intense first half of football.

The visitors struck first, two minutes into the second half through Jaiyesimi.

Doughty had a shot that was heading well wide of the goal, before the alert Swindon midfielder latched onto the ball and slotted past Gerken to give his side the lead.

The U’s defence were screaming for an offside, but the goal stood, and the visitors were ahead.

Doughty very nearly put Swindon two ahead a couple of minutes later with a weaving run.

He took on and beat three U’s players but couldn’t squeeze the ball past Gerken’s outstretched leg as the man in goal for Colchester pulled of a brilliant save.

Three tactical changes from John McGreal changed the game for the U’s as Norris, Nouble and Senior came off the bench for Colchester, replacing Harriott, Poku and Gambin.

It took Luke Norris just ten minutes to get his goal and level the scores. A well worked free kick was taken by Bramall who found Eastman at the back post.

He looped a header to the other side of the six-yard box where a diving header from Luke Norris found the corner of the net, prompting wild celebrations in front of the South Stand.

Colchester weren’t done yet with the goals and took the lead with five minutes to go. From another set piece Robinson grabbed a goal to give the U’s the lead.

Harry Pell had a shot from a corner that was helped on and under the away ‘keeper by Robinson from three yards out to put Colchester in front for the first time during the game.

With one minutes of normal time remaining Colchester were able to double their lead.

Courtney Senior put a high cross into the box that evaded Benda in the away goal and found Luke Norris who was able to cleverly nod the ball back for the onrushing Theo Robinson.

The U’s striker neatly slid the ball away from the ‘keeper and defender on the line into the bottom corner to send the U’s fans into jubilant celebrations.

The final whistle blew with the U’s fans in fine voice until the very end, cheering on their team to victory over the league leaders, completing the double over Swindon Town.

Colchester remain in fifth position and stay within one win of third place and the final automatic promotion spot.

The U’s are now four points clear of Cheltenham Town who are eighth and are well solidly in the Play-Offs.

Up next for the U’s is a trip to local rivals Cambridge United, who lost 4-0 at home to Salford tonight and sit eighteenth in the league.


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