COLCHESTER United have stayed out of the relegation zone, going into the new year.

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The U’s scheduled home game against Swindon Town this afternoon had been postponed 24 hours earlier, following a pitch inspection – the surface was waterlogged.

That left Joe Dunne’s men in danger of slipping into the bottom four, without being able to kick a ball.

But Portsmouth and Bury, fourth-from-bottom and third-from-bottom respectively, could not take advantage this afternoon.

A win for either team would have sucked the U’s into the drop zone, but both suffered defeats.

Pompey were beaten 2-1 at home by Yeovil, while Bury lost 2-1 at Carlisle.

That leaves the U’s in 20th spot, one place and two points above the relegation zone.

Their next fixture is away at Crawley Town on New Year’s Day (kick-off 3pm). Crawley were soundly beaten 3-0 at Bournemouth this afternoon.

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