MATCHDAY RECAP: Super U’s hammer Newport County 3-0 to move back into League Two play-offs

U's boss John McGreal will aim to get the better of MK Dons Picture: STEVE WALLER

U's boss John McGreal will aim to get the better of MK Dons Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Colchester United hosted Newport County in League Two on Saturday and we have all the best reaction in our matchday blog from the Jobserve Community Stadium.

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The U’s produced a scintillating display against Newport County to bolster their play-off hopes in a one-sided encounter.

First-half goals by Sammie Szmodics and man of the match Courtney Senior put the U’s firmly in the driving seat, before Frank Nouble obliged with a stunning goal just after the hour mark, against his former club, to kill off the Welsh visitors.

Szmodics struck in the 20th minute, with his 12th goal of the season.

Ryan Jackson launched himself at a lofted ball delivered by Nouble. There was a suspicion of handball as Jackson lost his footing, but play was allowed to continue and the alert Szmodics toe-poked the loose ball into the net.

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And Senior doubled the lead in first-half stoppage-time with a wonderful strike, to cap a superb first-half display from the U’s young winger.

Senior let fly from outside the box with a shot that was arrowed into the bottom corner of the net, leaving keeper Joe Day clutching at thin air.

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Day was again left flapping as Nouble crashing home a wonderful third goal, in the 63rd minute.

Nouble made room for himself, on the right edge of the box, and then out-of-the-blue let fly with a shot from a narrow angle that flew like a bullet into the far top corner of the net.

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