Colchester 1-0 Swindon: Sammie Szmodics’ first-half strike enough for points

Sammie Szmodics’ strike just before half-time helped Colchester move into the Sky Bet League Two automatic promotion places with a 1-0 victory over Swindon.

Colchester striker Luke Norris’ downward header deflected wide and Szmodics fired straight at keeper Lawrence Vigouroux, from a tight angle as the home side started strongly.

Colchester goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin saved Jermaine McGlashan’s drive but soon after leading scorer Norris had been stretchered off with an ankle injury, the hosts took the lead.

Szmodics drove a low shot past Vigouroux from close range in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage-time after Frank Nouble had done brilliantly inside the area to set him up.

Harry Pell’s 25-yard strike flashed inches wide just before the hour and Vigouroux pushed away Ryan Jackson’s fierce shot at his near post as Colchester looked for a second.

But Swindon pressed after that – Gilmartin made a fine point-blank range save to deny Martin Smith and Keshi Anderson dragged a glorious chance wide after being picked out by fellow substitute Steven Alzate as Colchester saw out another victory.

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