On Wednesday Newport face Premiership giants Tottenham at Wembley.
It’s a magical FA Cup replay that will deposit hundreds of thousands of pounds into their bank account and possibly be the springboard to higher division football in the future.
But Colchester, who started the afternoon one place below the Exiles, were not to be overawed by a side playing at Wembley Stadium in the week.
Ben Stevenson gave the U’s the lead on his debut after an hour. United’s 2nd half performance was impressive and they deserved the lead. The first half was a more even affair.
When Tom Eastman stabbed home a scrambled goal with 10 mins to go, the match was over as a contest. Indeed Mandron almost made it 3 and Colchester can start looking above themselves in the table again.
The 3 points leapfrogs United ahead of today’s opponents and takes them to within 5 points of the play off spots.
This first win of 2018 has come after a possibly promotion damaging January and Colchester need to hit a run of form matching that of before Christmas, if they are to stand any chance of playing in League One next season.