Harrogate Town 1-3 Colchester United

Colchester made it back-to-back league victories for the first time this season with a 3-1 triumph at Harrogate.

Goals from John Akinde, Noah Chilvers and Junior Tchamadeu ensured the Essex side built on their 1-0 New Year’s Day victory over Swindon and pulled further clear of the relegation zone.

Luke Armstrong’s eighth goal in nine outings proved the only highlight of the afternoon for the hosts.

The visitors forged ahead in the 12th minute when Tchamadeu pulled the ball back from the right byline and Akinde took a touch before side-footing powerfully inside Pete Jameson’s far post from 15 yards.

Harrogate almost leveled immediately when Danny Grant rattled an upright and Alex Pattison’s follow-up effort was well saved by Kieran O’Hara.

Instead, Colchester doubled their advantage just past the quarter-hour mark when Tom Dallison rose high to help a Luke Chambers free-kick into the box and Chilvers’ close-range downward header beat Jameson.

Matt Bloomfield’s men made it 3-0 early in the second period after Harrogate full-back Kayne Ramsay carelessly gave the ball away.

Samson Tovide powered past Rory McArdle and Warren Burrell through the left channel before unselfishly squaring for Tchamadeu to find an inviting net from 10 yards.

The hosts grabbed a 77th-minute consolation as Armstrong bundled the ball in from a yard out after Grant’s cross from the left.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Harrogate

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Jameson
  • 20RamsayBooked at 7mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 6Burrell
  • 15Headley
  • 7ThomsonBooked at 60minsSubstituted forAngusat 73′minutes
  • 4Falkingham
  • 16pattison
  • 9GrantSubstituted forFrostat 82′minutes
  • 12FolarinSubstituted forMuldoonat 45′minutes
  • 29Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 8Angus
  • 11Wright
  • 17Austerfield
  • 18Muldoon
  • 19Frost

Colchester

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13O’Hara
  • 4ChambersBooked at 45mins
  • 5SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 6Dallison-Lisbon
  • 22Tchamadeu
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forReadat 82′minutes
  • 17Ashley
  • 30KazeemSubstituted forwoodat 74′minutes
  • 14ChilversBooked at 50minsSubstituted forHannantat 74′minutes
  • 24AkindeSubstituted forSearsat 90+5′minutes
  • 34TovidSubstituted forNewbyat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hornby
  • 7Hannant
  • 11Sears
  • 15Kelleher
  • 16Read
  • 19Newby
  • 23wood

Referees:
Darren Handley

Attendance:
2.144

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