October 13, 2012
Watt strike sinks Boro
Sanchez Watt's fine 25-yard strike gave Colchester United a 1-0 victory and ended Stevenage's unbeaten league run.
Watt, on loan from Arsenal, struck just two minutes after Boro had been reduced to 10 men thanks to Anthony Grant's second yellow card.
Boro goalkeeper Steve Arnold was called into action early on as he foiled Gavin Massey on four minutes, while Colchester keeper Mark Cousins pulled off a spectacular diving save to turn over Filipe Morais's superb shot midway through the half.
Jabo Ibehre was also denied by Arnold and then saw a headed effort fly over the crossbar before half-time.
The game changed six minutes into the second half when Stevenage midfielder Grant received a second booking for a foul on Watt and was sent off.
Colchester capitalised on their one-man advantage by putting the ball in Boro's net three minutes later - Watt running at the Stevenage defence before unleashing an excellent low, left-foot shot to bury the ball in the far corner.
Arnold then denied Massey and Ibehre to keep the score at 1-0, before Anthony Wordsworth clipped the bar with a free-kick for the hosts.
Stevenage went close to grabbing an equaliser at the death, but Bondz N'Gala's effort struck the bar, allowing Colchester to claim victory.
|Sanchez Watt (55')|
|1 Mark Cousins||1 Steven Arnold|
|3 Michael Rose||14 Mark Roberts|
|20 Brian Wilson||4 Darius Charles|
|4 Magnus Okuonghae||2 David Gray|
|33 Craig Eastmond||29 Bondz Ngala|
|18 Tom Eastman||7 Anthony Grant|
|15 Marcus Bean||10 Filipe Morais|
|22 Anthony Wordsworth||6 Greg Tansey|
|12 Jabo Ibehre||8 James Dunne|
|39 Sanchez Watt||11 Lucas Akins|
|21 Gavin Massey||9 Marcus Haber|
|35 Carl Pentney||Chris Day 16|
|6 Matt Heath||Oliver Risser 25|
|25 John White||Robin Shroot 32|
|7 Karl Duguid||Daniel Lopez Ramos 23|
|28 Alex Gilbey||Robbie Rogers 20|
|16 Ian Henderson||Luke Freeman 15|
|11 Fred Sears|
|Ian Henderson for Gavin Massey (76)||Oliver Risser for Greg Tansey (56)|
|Fred Sears for Sanchez Watt (77)||Luke Freeman for Filipe Morais (74)|
|Robin Shroot for Lucas Akins (75)|
|Jabo Ibehre (73)||James Dunne (8)|
|Anthony Wordsworth (82)||Anthony Grant (12)|
|Ian Henderson (89)||Filipe Morais (18)|
|Anthony Grant (53)|
|· Squads: Colchester United | Stevenage|