Section: Colchester

League 1: Colchester 2-0 Leyton Orient

Colchester secured a vital victory over fellow strugglers Leyton Orient but remain two points from safety at the foot of League One.

Gavin Massey opened the scoring for the hosts as he swept home from close in.

Kaspars Gorkss’ header doubled the lead before Chris Dagnall thought he had pulled one back for Orient, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.

The hosts’ win was soured when Elliott Hewitt was shown a straight red card for a foul on Romain Vincelot.

The U’s leapfrog Orient as a result of the win but both teams remain in the League One relegation zone.

Leyton Orient manager Fabio Liverani told BBC London 94.9:

“We have to fight until 2 May, the last game to avoid relegation because this is what we can fight for. Last season was great, but it has past so this season it is a strong battle to avoid relegation.

“We knew that Colchester would push a lot in the first 20 minutes and we prepared for the game in that way but then on the pitch it was a different story.

“They showed more desire and hunger than us and this is what I said to the players – we have to play with that sort of spirit to go ahead and progress in the league.”

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FA Cup: Cardiff 3-1 Colchester

Cardiff beat Colchester at a near-empty Cardiff City Stadium to become the first team to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Joe Ralls’s deflected effort gave the Championship side a 1-0 half-time lead against their League One opponents.

Kadeem Harris’s hooked volley doubled the lead before Kenwyne Jones headed in seconds after coming on.

Freddie Sears pulled one back for Colchester with a low drive, but Cardiff were comfortable winners.

The attendance of 4,194 was the smallest ever at Cardiff City Stadium, lower than the crowd of 5,545 which watched Cardiff’s League Cup match against Dagenham & Redbridge in 2009.

Despite facing a Colchester side 35 places below them in the Football League, Cardiff named a strong and experienced side.

One of the six changes from Sunday’s dismal 4-2 defeat to Watford, Ralls, had the game’s first chance as his well-struck shot was palmed away by Sam Walker.

The Colchester goalkeeper did not fare as well against Ralls’s next effort, the Cardiff midfielder’s strike from the edge of the area deflecting off Kaspar Gorkss and Cole Kpekawa and looping into the net.

Colchester had chances of their own, Gorkss heading narrowly wide and Gavin Massey forcing Simon Moore into a superb save with a low shot from close range.

It was more comfortable for Cardiff in the second half, and Harris scored their second goal in acrobatic fashion as he latched on to Ben Turner’s header and connected with an overhead kick.

Victory was sealed seven minutes later as Jones, on as a substitute only a few seconds, headed in from Peter Whittingham’s corner with his first touch of the game.

With hopes of a comeback all but gone, Colchester claimed a late consolation goal as Sears scored with a low shot despite a touch from Moore

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FA Cup: Colchester 1-0 Peterborough

George Moncur booked Colchester’s place in the third round of the FA Cup with a dramatic last-minute winner against Peterborough.

Posh had a great chance to win a game of few chances when Michael Bostwick was fouled by Sanchez Watt in the area.

But Sam Walker kept out Aaron Mclean’s penalty and within moments the U’s broke for¬†Moncur to coolly slot home.

The U’s gave a debut to Kaspars Gorkss and he made a fine block to deny Mclean before the late drama.

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FA Cup: Gosport Borough 3-6 Colchester

Colchester United advanced into the second round of the FA Cup with victory over Conference South Gosport Borough.

Gavin Massey opened the scoring from close range before Sanchez Watt’s six-yard volley made it 2-0 to Colchester.

Freddie Sears made it 3-0 from the spot before Justin Bennett pulled one back from close range while Alex Gilbey finished off a fine run for 4-1.

Bennett slotted home, Sears tapped into an empty net while Sammie Szmodics and Lee Wort also scored late on.

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