Marvin Sordell secures vital win over Valiants

George Elokobi (No. 6) turns away to celebrate putting the U's ahead on 25 minutes against Port Vale tonight

George Elokobi (No. 6) turns away to celebrate putting the U's ahead on 25 minutes against Port Vale tonight - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Colchester United 2 Port Vale 1

Marvin Sordell bagged his third goal in nine appearances for Colchester United, to guide the U’s back onto the winning trail tonight.

After George Elokobi had broken the deadlock in the 25th minute, only for Colin Daniel to equalise on the stroke of half-time, experienced front-man Sordell obliged with a 73rd minute winner.

The U’s had lost their last three games, having won their previous four, so this was a welcome return to form.

Vale left-back Carl Dickinson almost put through his own net, seconds before Elokobi’s opener, diverting a cross just inches over the bar.

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So close to conceding an own goal, the visitors failed to deal with the ensuing corner, and when Darren Ambrose crossed back into the danger-zone, Elokobi kept his cool to take a touch and then smash home from eight yards out.

But the U’s could not hold onto their lead until half-time, conceding a 45th minute equaliser via Colin Daniel’s commanding header from substitute Ryan Lloyd’s precise cross.

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After a non-descript third quarter of the game, the U’s conjured up a 73rd minute winner, courtesy of Sordell’s third goal in a Colchester shirt.

George Moncur’s surging run into the box was halted by a couple of defenders, leading to initial claims for a penalty, but Sordell was the quickest to react as he buried the loose ball.

COLCHESTER: Jones, Olufemi, Eastman, Elokobi, Briggs, Garvan (sub Edwards, 49), Gilbey, Moncur, Ambrose (sub Sembie-Ferris, 83), Sordell, Harriott. Unused subs: Parish, Szmodics, Bonne, Lapslie, James.

PORT VALE: Alnwick, Purkiss, Streete, McGivern, Dickinson, Birchall (sub Dodds, 32), Grant, Foley, Andoh (sub Lloyd, 14), Daniel (sub Leitch-Smith, 81), Ikpeazu. Unused subs: Johnson, O’Connor, Yates, Kelly.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambs)

Attendance: 2,785 (155 away fans)

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