Colchester United 2-0 Southend United
Colchester comfortably on top at the break and lead thanks to Jevani Brown’s brace.
The U’s leading marksman opened his account for the evening with a neat header from Kwame Poku’s cross. Then he took his tally for the season to eight after beating the off-side and Shrimpers keeper Harry Seaden seven minutes before the interval.
It’s difficult to see Southend recovering the situation, while Colchester look capable of picking them off every time they venture forward.