U’s see off nine-man Salford to secure EFL status

Colchester United 1-0 Salford City

A second-half goal from Josh Bohui proved sufficient for Colchester United to see off Sky Bet League Two play-off hopefuls, Salford City in a scrappy encounter at the JobServe Community Stadium which saw Di’Shon Bernard and Ash Hunter given their marching orders for the visitors’.

Needing a single point to be safe, Tom Eastman went close following a Noah Chilvers flag-kick, while Frank Nouble tested Salford stopper, Vaclav Hladky as Colchester created the clearer of the early openings.

The visitors’ task was made all the more difficult when Bernard bundled over Chilvers and received a second yellow card with little over half an hour on the clock.

Chilvers’ dead-ball attempt was too high, while Salford substitute, George Boyd skipped clear but dragged wide as sporadic opportunities were exchanged. But it was the home side who made the breakthrough midway through the second period – Bohui had only just arrived as a replacement for Chilvers, nevertheless, he found the composure to dispatch Ben Stevenson’s through ball with aplomb – The U’s thoroughly deserved their advantage.

Salford were reduced to nine men in stoppage-time. Hunter showed a straight red card after raising his hand to U’s boss, Hayden Mullins.

Colchester United conclude their Sky Bet League Two campaign on Saturday, May 8 when they face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park (3pm).

Colchester United: Shamal George, Miles Welch-Hayes, Tommy Smith, Noah Chilvers (Josh Bohui 62’), Tom Eastman, Ryan Clampin, Brendan Wiredu (Tom Lapslie 72’), Kwame Poku, Ben Stevenson, Michael Folivi, Frank Nouble Subs not used: Dean Gerken (GK), Tom Lapslie, Omar Sowunmi, Courtney Senior, Jevani Brown, Junior Tchamadeu

Booked: Brendan Wiredu (foul)
Goals: Josh Bohui 68’

Salford City: Vaclav Hladky, Ibou Touray, Jason Lowe, Ash Eastham, Di’Shon Bernard, Jordan Turnbull, Oscar Threlkeld, Robbie Gotts (Ash Hunter 85’), Paul Coutts (Tom Clarke 53’), Brandon Asante (George Boyd 58’), Ian Henderson Subs not used: William Evans, Luke Burgess, Emmanuel Deseruvwe, Liam Loughlan

Booked: Di’Shon Bernard (foul), Jordan Turnbull (dissent), Ash Eastham (foul), Oscar Threlkeld (foul)
Sent-off: Di’Shon Bernard (foul – second yellow card), Ash Hunter (violent conduct)
Goals: None

Referee: Leigh Doughty
Assistants: Adam Crysell and Mark Jones
Fourth Official: Michael George

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Brian Jeeves

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