(25′ mins): Goalkeeper, Ethan Ross, did well to turn aside Hallam Hope’s speculative attempt as Carlisle countered. Meanwhile, Luke Gambin contrived to fire wide from close range as Colchester continued to look the more likely.
Hope saw another angled strike deflected behind. But it was Colchester who snatched the advantage midway through the opening period in somewhat comical circumstances.
Nathanial Knight-Percival – under little pressure – sliced horribly into his own net after Cohen Bramall had centred