March 2, 2013
Boro floored by Jab
Jabo Ibehre struck a second-half double to inflict a sixth successive defeat on Stevenage and boost Colchester's hopes of avoiding relegation from League One.
The 30-year-old attacker struck for the first time in seven games to give Colchester the lead on 62 minutes with a fine header.
And Ibehre secured a 2-0 win for the visitors when he tapped in after a fine run from Gavin Massey to lift Colchester out of the relegation zone.
George Porter almost opened the scoring for the U's by beating a diving Chris Day but his 31st-minute effort was hacked off the line by right-back David Gray.
Gray's clearance found Ibehre unmarked in the area but the Boro keeper recovered to force the effort wide.
Moments later Anthony Grant almost gave the hosts the lead but Sam Walker instinctively pushed the ball wide.
But Ibehre towered above the Boro defence to drive a header into the top-right corner of Day's goal from Billy Clifford's free-kick.
Ibehre doubled the lead with a tap-in before Marcus Haber almost gave Boro hope but fired into the side netting after beating several U's defenders.
|16 Chris Day||44 Sam Walker|
|33 Ben Chorley||20 Brian Wilson|
|14 Mark Roberts||4 Magnus Okuonghae|
|4 Darius Charles||18 Tom Eastman|
|2 David Gray||41 Billy Clifford|
|18 Gavin Mahon||3 Bradley Garmston|
|7 Anthony Grant||14 Andrew Bond|
|6 Greg Tansey||39 George Porter|
|8 James Dunne||17 Jabo Ibehre|
|11 Lucas Akins||11 Fred Sears|
|9 Marcus Haber||21 Gavin Massey|
|1 Steven Arnold||Mark Cousins 1|
|22 Miguel Comminges||David Wright 2|
|21 Andy Iro||John White 25|
|32 Robin Shroot||Josh Thompson 40|
|15 Luke Freeman||Marcus Bean 15|
|28 Steve Leo Beleck||Clinton Morrison 9|
|30 Sam Hoskins||Jack Compton 33|
|Steve Leo Beleck for Lucas Akins (63)||Clinton Morrison for Fred Sears (71)|
|Luke Freeman for James Dunne (67)||John White for Gavin Massey (86)|
|Robin Shroot for Gavin Mahon (75)||Josh Thompson for George Porter (90)|
|James Dunne (61)|
|Anthony Grant (90)|
|· Squads: Stevenage | Colchester United|