Hartlepool United 1-2 Colchester United

Luke Chambers and Matt Jay
Colchester are now 17th in the League Two table

Colchester’s fight to beat the drop from League Two took another step forward as they enjoyed a dramatic 2-1 win at relegation rivals Hartlepool.

An 88th-minute scrambled winner from Alex Newby earned the U’s a fifth win in eight games, while Pools stay third bottom.

The visitors bagged the opening goal on five minutes when a long free-kick was pumped into the area by Arthur Reid and Pools failed to react.

As the ball bounced around, centre-half Fiacre Kelleher thumped in from close range, the Irishman’s second goal in as many games.

It was 30 minutes before Pools’ first effort on target as top scorer Josh Umerah turned and his low shot was saved by Kieran O’Hara in the Colchester goal.

Pools had a big chance when Mike Ndjoli’s low measured effort was pushed wide by O’Hara.

And from the following corner in the 83rd minute, they leveled when they kept the ball alive in the area and wing-back Jamie Sterry turned to pop home a low finish.

But with two minutes to go, Ben Killip saved twice in the six-yard area and substitute Newby managed to push the ball home.

Match report supplied by PA Media.



Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Killip
  • 37Dodds
  • 39HartleySubstituted forSyllaat 36′minutes
  • 15you itchBooked at 13mins
  • 2Sterry
  • 8FeatherstoneBooked at 79mins
  • 16DolanSubstituted forMcDonaldsat 75′minutes
  • 3Ferguson
  • 42TrustySubstituted forHastieat 76′minutes
  • 9Umerah
  • 19HamiltonSubstituted forNdjoliat 23′minutes


  • 4Niang
  • 5Murray
  • 7Hastie
  • 11McDonalds
  • 18Ndjoli
  • 20Sylla
  • 41Stolarczik


Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13O’Hara
  • 4Chambers
  • 15Kelleher
  • 29Hall
  • 22TchamadeuBooked at 90mins
  • 8Skuse
  • 16ReadSubstituted forNewbyat 84′minutes
  • 23wood
  • 14ChilversSubstituted forAkindeat 65′minutes
  • 25HoppersSubstituted forAshleyat 84′minutes
  • 34TovidSubstituted forJayat 54′minutes


  • 1Hornby
  • 2Greenidge
  • 17Ashley
  • 19Newby
  • 20Jay
  • 24Akinde
  • 42Fevrier

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