Colchester United 2-1 Carlisle United
Callum Harriott’s brace was enough to earn Wayne Brown his first Sky Bet League Two victory in the Colchester United hot seat while easing the U’s relegation worries in the process.
Colchester had to do it the hard way, coming from behind to earn maximum points for the first time since December 8 – a run of fourteen matches without a victory.
Jon Mellish had given Carlisle United the lead just before the half-hour mark. However, after Referee, Trevor Kettle had awarded the visitors a spot-kick and subsequently reversed his decision after consulting an assistant, the whistler handed Colchester a lifeline with a penalty of their won.
Frank Noublewas fouled by Dean Furman – Harriott dispatched to level the contest.
Then, the former Charlton turned the contest on its head, firing home from distance to end the wretched run.
Colchester’s evening was made all the sweeter with relegation rivals, Grimsby, Barrow, Southend and Port Vale all losing. They move up to twentieth place – ten points above the relegation zone – as a result.
Colchester United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, March 6 when Newport County visit the JobServe Community Stadium (3pm).
Colchester United: George, Welch-Hayes (Folivi 68′), Smith, Sowunmi, Oteh (Brown 68′), Harriott, Chilvers, Eastman, Sarpong-Wiredu, Tchamadeu, Nouble (Cracknell 90′) Subs not used: Coulter, Doherty, Senior, Poku
Carlisle United: Farman, Tanner, Anderton, Hayden, Riley, Mellish (Scott 79′), Kayode, Dickenson, Furman, Toure (Patrick 79′), Bennett Subs not used: Norman, Alessandra, McDonald, Charters, Armer
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Assistants: Andrew Aylott and Darren Blunden
Fourth Official: Martyn Holmes