Colchester United 1-0 Southend United
(30′ mins): Honest, but unprepossessing endeavour adorned the early stages – stretched and scrappy – hardly surprising with what was at stake. Indeed, it was fully twenty-six minutes before either offered an effort in anger. Blues stopper, Mark Oxley, expertly dealing with Callum Harriott’s speculative strike.
But Oxley swiftly turned villain for the visitors – allowing Harry Pell’s strike to squirm free – Michael Folivi picking up the pieces to net from close range