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A goal is scored by Andy Bond from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 3-0 Preston.Assist by Ian Henderson.
Corner taken left-footed by Paul Parry to the near post, The referee shows Ben Williams a yellow card. Brian Wilson makes a clearance.
Aaron Brown fouled by Kayode Odejayi, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Robertson takes the free kick.
Martin Rowlands goes off and Michael Rose comes on.
Andy Bond decides to take a short corner.
Andy Bond decides to take the corner short.
Kayode Odejayi takes a shot. Chris Robertson gets a block in.
Short corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth from the right by-line.
Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.
Karl Duguid is brought on as a substitute for Steven Gillespie.
Effort from deep inside the area by Jamie Proctor misses to the left of the target.
The offside flag is raised against Kayode Odejayi. Chris Robertson takes the indirect free kick.
Andy Bond on for Kemal Izzet.
Iain Hume takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Parry, save by Ben Williams.
Iain Hume concedes a free kick for a foul on John White. Martin Rowlands crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Iain Hume challenges Kemal Izzet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Coutts, clearance by Kayode Odejayi.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Coutts, clearance by Ian Henderson.
Graham Cummins concedes a free kick for a foul on Kemal Izzet. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.
Steven Gillespie takes a shot. Thorsten Stuckmann makes a comfortable save.
(Preston) makes a substitution, with Iain Hume coming on for Rhys Murphy. Jamie Proctor replaces Steven Smith.
Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martin Rowlands. The referee gives a against Paul Coutts for handball. Power penalty scored by Steven Gillespie. Colchester 2-0 Preston.
Kemal Izzet fouled by Graham Cummins, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Graham Cummins for unsporting behaviour. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Martin Rowlands, save by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Martin Rowlands, clearance made by Graham Cummins.
Ian Henderson takes a shot. Clearance made by Chris Robertson.
The referee gives a free kick against Steven Smith for handball. Martin Rowlands takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Gillespie on Paul Coutts. Nicky Hunt takes the free kick.
Aaron Brown challenges Kayode Odejayi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.
Paul Coutts concedes a free kick for a foul on John White. Booking for Paul Coutts for unsporting behaviour. Ben Williams takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Paul Parry, Graham Cummins takes a shot. Clearance made by Tom Eastman.
Aaron Brown takes a shot. Magnus Okuonghae gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Magnus Okuonghae on Steven Smith. Paul Parry crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Chris Robertson challenges Steven Gillespie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Rowlands crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Thorsten Stuckmann.
John White produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Paul Coutts.
Foul by George Miller on Martin Rowlands, free kick awarded. Chris Robertson is shown a yellow card. Brian Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from long distance by Ian Henderson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Chris Robertson challenges Kayode Odejayi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Anthony Wordsworth.
Corner taken by Martin Rowlands, Unfair challenge on Aaron Brown by Steven Gillespie results in a free kick. Thorsten Stuckmann takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Martin Rowlands. A goal is scored by Steven Gillespie from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 1-0 Preston.Assist on the goal came from Anthony Wordsworth.
George Miller takes a shot.
Kemal Izzet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Miller. Free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Anthony Wordsworth produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Paul Parry challenges Brian Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Rowlands.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Robertson. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Parry.
The official flags Graham Cummins offside. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
Ian Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Smith. Steven Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Graham Cummins challenges Magnus Okuonghae unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Rowlands.
Long range effort by Paul Parry goes wide right of the net.
Kayode Odejayi is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Robertson.
Duo in contention for U's
Kem Izzet and Tom Eastman could overcome midweek injuries to retain their places in Colchester's starting line-up for their npower League One clash against Preston.
Izzet has had treatment on an ankle injury and will be fighting to make his 400th appearance for the U's.
Defender Eastman is more likely to start having had stitches in his head after a clash against Oldham.
Winger Ashley Vincent is also back in contention as he continues his return from a hamstring injury that has kept him out for nearly two months.
Manager John Ward otherwise has no new injury worries to contend with.
Should Izzet and Eastman prove their fitness, Ward is likely to name an unchanged side from their 1-1 draw against The Latics.
Preston boss Graham Westley is set to have his attacking options boosted for the trip to Essex.
Jamie Proctor played and scored in Tuesday's reserve victory over a Manchester City side featuring Carlos Tevez and is pushing for inclusion after recovering from a groin problem.
Canadian forward Iain Hume played the last 25 minutes of Saturday's goalless draw with Walsall, his first action since suffering a hamstring injury against Sheffield Wednesday on New Year's Eve.
Last weekend's game against the Saddlers was overshadowed by North End midfielder Adam Barton suffering a horrific dislocated ankle and broken leg, and the 21-year-old is starting on the long road back to fitness having undergone surgery this week.
Danny Mayor could replace Barton in the short term after recovering from a muscle strain, but defender David Gray (hamstring) and striker Neil Mellor (knee) remain out.
It's Gillespie at the double
Steven Gillespie fired a brace to help Colchester complete a double over Preston this season with a 3-0 victory.
Gillespie struck in both halves to see off the Lilywhites, with substitute Andy Bond wrapping up the U's win late on.
Preston's Chris Robertson had an effort ruled out for offside and George Miller's blockbusting 25-yard effort crashed against the underside of the crossbar soon after.
But Colchester took the lead after 18 minutes through Gillespie, who steered in from close range after Anthony Wordsworth had headed Martin Rowlands' corner back across goal.
U's defender Tom Eastman had an effort disallowed and Robertson cleared Ian Henderson's goalbound shot off the line, but Colchester doubled their lead seven minutes after half-time through Gillespie, who converted from the spot after Paul Coutts had handled Brian Wilson's cross.
Colchester goalkeeper Ben Williams foiled Jamie Proctor and Graham Cummins late on before Bond converted from Henderson's pass in stoppage-time, to wrap up the U's win.
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