U’s shake off cup defeats to win at Barnet


Colchester continued their good league form after a superb Sammie Szmodics’ strike gave them victory.

The match was settled in the 84th minute by a piece of magic by Szmodics from 25 yards.

A lively start saw Ryan Jackson testing Jamie Stephens in the home goal while at the other end, Sam Walker pushed away a Ryan Watson 25-yard free-kick.

Just before the half-hour mark, Colchester’s Ryan Inniss put in a great block to deflect Mauro Vilhete’s goalbound effort.


After half time, Barnet’s Simeon Akinola got himself into a good position inside the area but dragged his shot wide of the post.

Jack Taylor cleared off the line from Inniss’ header and just moments after coming on as a sub, Szmodics forced Stephens into a low save.

With the game heading towards a draw, Szmodics’ brilliant curling shot gave United all three points and keeps them well in the hunt for a play-off spot.

Colchester go into two consecutive home games now against struggling Morecombe, followed by fellow play-off contenders Lincoln.


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