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U’s avoid slide into relegation zone

PUBLISHED: 17:51 29 December 2012 | UPDATED: 17:54 29 December 2012

Joe Dunne, whose Colchester side will begin 2013 just outside the relegation zone

Joe Dunne, whose Colchester side will begin 2013 just outside the relegation zone

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COLCHESTER United have stayed out of the relegation zone, going into the new year.

The U’s scheduled home game against Swindon Town this afternoon had been postponed 24 hours earlier, following a pitch inspection – the surface was waterlogged.

That left Joe Dunne’s men in danger of slipping into the bottom four, without being able to kick a ball.

But Portsmouth and Bury, fourth-from-bottom and third-from-bottom respectively, could not take advantage this afternoon.

A win for either team would have sucked the U’s into the drop zone, but both suffered defeats.

Pompey were beaten 2-1 at home by Yeovil, while Bury lost 2-1 at Carlisle.

That leaves the U’s in 20th spot, one place and two points above the relegation zone.

Their next fixture is away at Crawley Town on New Year’s Day (kick-off 3pm). Crawley were soundly beaten 3-0 at Bournemouth this afternoon.

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