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Lloyd James takes a corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Henderson by Phil Edwards. Steven Gillespie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Byron Harrison gets a block in.
Steven Gillespie takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.
Corner taken left-footed by Luke Freeman, Matt Heath makes a clearance.
Joel Byrom fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 1-6 Stevenage.
Byron Harrison is caught offside. Ben Williams takes the free kick.
Ben Coker is brought on as a substitute for Michael Rose.
Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.
Byron Harrison replaces Chris Beardsley.
Luke Freeman scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-5 Stevenage.Joel Byrom provided the assist for the goal.
Steven Gillespie is brought on as a substitute for John-Joe O'Toole.
Andy Bond is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Michael Bostwick, Scott Laird gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-4 Stevenage.Assist on the goal came from Michael Bostwick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Luke Freeman, Kayode Odejayi makes a clearance.
Ian Henderson has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Luke Freeman takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Heath. Corner taken left-footed by Luke Freeman to the near post, save by Ben Williams.
Michael Bostwick gets on the score sheet with a goal from a long way out to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 1-3 Stevenage.The assist for the goal came from Scott Laird.
Kayode Odejayi takes a shot. Michael Bostwick gets a block in.
Matt Heath fouled by Chris Beardsley, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Beardsley is shown a yellow card. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John-Joe O'Toole on Michael Bostwick. John-Joe O'Toole goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Chris Day.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Luke Freeman, clearance by Kayode Odejayi.
Don Cowan leaves the field to be replaced by Phil Edwards. Robin Shroot leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Freeman.
Ronnie Henry challenges Karl Duguid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Lloyd James from the free kick.
A goal is scored by Ian Henderson from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-2 Stevenage.Karl Duguid provided the assist for the goal.
Unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae by Chris Beardsley results in a free kick. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.
Ian Henderson takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.
The official flags Chris Beardsley offside. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Michael Bostwick misses to the left of the target.
Chris Beardsley takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.
Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save by Chris Day. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lloyd James, Header on goal by John-Joe O'Toole from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae by Don Cowan results in a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
Don Cowan fouled by Magnus Okuonghae, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Magnus Okuonghae a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Scott Laird takes the free kick.
Lloyd James takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.
Andy Bond takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.
Shot by Andy Bond from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Lloyd James from the right by-line, clearance made by Jon Ashton.
John-Joe O'Toole challenges Robin Shroot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Bostwick shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Brian Wilson.
Ian Henderson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Ronnie Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Kayode Odejayi. Free kick taken by Lloyd James.
Header from deep inside the area by Chris Beardsley goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin Shroot.
Chris Beardsley takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Rose.
A goal is scored by Chris Beardsley from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 0-2 Stevenage.The assist for the goal came from Don Cowan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Magnus Okuonghae on Don Cowan. Joel Byrom crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.
Andy Bond takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.
Joel Byrom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kayode Odejayi. Shot comes in from Andy Bond from the free kick, blocked by Don Cowan.
Kayode Odejayi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Day takes the free kick.
Robin Shroot scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 0-1 Stevenage.Chris Beardsley provided the assist for the goal.
The offside flag is raised against Kayode Odejayi. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ronnie Henry by John-Joe O'Toole. Ronnie Henry takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Lawrie Wilson from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Wordsworth blow for Us
Colchester will be without leading scorer Anthony Wordsworth for their home encounter against fellow play-off hopefuls Stevenage.
The midfielder bagged his eighth goal of the campaign to down Hartlepool 1-0 last weekend before then collecting his fifth booking, incurring an automatic one-match suspension.
His absence is likely to see John-Joe O'Toole, Kemal Izzet, Ben Coker and Steven Gillespie all competing to start in John Ward's XI.
With the Us having recorded successive wins with an unchanged line-up, Ward is set to keep other changes to a minimum.
Defender Pat Baldwin made his return for the club's reserves in midweek after over two months on the sidelines with a fractured toe and may earn a place in United's matchday 16.
Winger Ashley Vincent is not yet ready to return from his torn hamstring.
Chris Beardsley is an injury doubt for Stevenage while fellow striker Ben May will definitely miss out.
Leading scorer Beardsley suffered a hamstring injury during the 2-1 home win over Tranmere last weekend. The 27-year-old was forced off shortly after giving Boro a 38th-minute lead against Rovers with his eighth goal of the season.
He is set for a scan to determine the extent of the damage.
May will not be part of the squad that travels to Essex after he was sent off just 11 minutes after coming on as a substitute against Tranmere. He will begin a three-match suspension.
If both strikers are absent, Don Cowan could make his first start for the club. The Irishman, signed from League of Ireland Division One side Longford Town in August, finally made his long-awaited league debut for Boro as a late sub last weekend.
The 22-year-old has endured four miserable months in Hertfordshire that began with a lengthy spell waiting for international clearance, followed by a knee injury and then an extended spell of fitness-building before his first run-out.
Brilliant Boro hit U's for six
Stevenage ran riot to secure a thumping 6-1 win in their first competitive meeting with Colchester.
Borough went ahead in the ninth minute through Robin Shroot, who tapped in while unmarked at the far post from Chris Beardsley's low cross.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Don Cowen's sharp turn allowed Beardsley to plant a low 25-yard shot past home goalkeeper Ben Williams.
Colchester midfielder Andrew Bond hit the woodwork and forced Borough goalkeeper Chris Day into a good save, before the U's reduced the deficit six minutes after half-time when Ian Henderson headed in Karl Duguid's deep cross from close range.
But Stevenage restored their two-goal advantage just after the hour mark through Michael Bostwick's 30-yard effort.
Scott Laird then cleverly clipped in from Bostwick's short free-kick for the visitors' fourth and substitute Luke Freeman blasted in from close range, before Joel Byrom rounded off Stevenage's emphatic win after bursting into the penalty area and firing past Williams with seven minutes to go.
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