Damaging defeats for Colchester and Orient

Sky Bet League Two round-up

Port Vale 3-0 Colchester United

John McGreal’s U’s promotion bid suffered another blow, after an early Tom Conlon opener, backed up by Mark Cullen’s second-half, double saw the Potteries outfit home to a comfortable victory. Vale leapfrogged the Essex side, who only remain in the play-offs zone – above Northampton – on goal difference.

Cheltenham Town 2-1 Leyton Orient

The O’s recent revival was blown away in Gloucestershire as the Robins stole a late win, thanks to hitman Rueben Reid’s winner, two minutes from time.

This was after in-form ‘O’, Conor Wilkinson had grabbed a 17th-minute lead, only to see his good work undone by the Robins’ Alfie May’s fine finish, barely a sixty seconds later.

This defeat leaves the east Londoners in 17th spot, still, a seemingly comfortable fifteen points above rock-bottom Stevenage, who lost 0-1 at home to Salford City – their sixth successive reverse.

Port Vale: Brown, Smith, Legge, Brisley, Montaño, Burgess, Joyce, Conlon, Worrall, Cullen (Bennet 87’), Browne Subs not used: Oyeleke, Atkinson, Evans, Lloyd, Campbell-Gordon, Maddison

Colchester United: Gerken, Jackson, Bramall, Prosser, Senior (Poku 54’), Pell (Gambin 73’), Robinson, Comley (Norris 61’), Eastman, Stevenson, Nouble Subs not used: Ross, Sowunmi, Harriott, Clampin, 

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Assistants: Robert Atkin and Ollie Williams

Fourth Official: Matthew Smith

Cheltenham Town: Evans, Raglan, Tozer, Boyle, Long (Clements 64’), Broom, Sheaf (Nichols 73’), Doyle-Hayes, Hussey, May, Varney (Reid 73’) Subs not used: Debayo, Lovett, Ince, Greaves

Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, Marsh, Coulson, Happe, Brophy, Cissé, Clay, Angol (Aguire-Drew 60’), Dayton (Widdowson 60’), Wilkinson (Wright 81’), Johnson Subs not used: Sargeant, Judd, Kyprianou, Sweeney

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Assistants: Daniel Leach and Nick Greenhalgh

Fourth Official: Rob Smith

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Rowland Lyons

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