MATCHDAY RECAP: Brilliant U's stun champions Lincoln City
PUBLISHED: 16:59 04 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:13 04 May 2019
© Copyright Stephen Waller
Colchester United faced champions Lincoln City in League Two on Saturday and we had live updates and all the best reaction in our matchday blog from the Jobserve Community Stadium.
Colchester United produced a fantastic display to win at champions Lincoln City this afternoon, but they ultimately missed out on the League Two play-offs.
The U's played out of their skins at Sincil Bank, easing to victory thanks to Brennan Dickenson's opener and a brace from Sammie Szmodics, all in the first half.
And that left John McGreal's men in the play-off zone, sitting in seventh spot, for most of the afternoon until Newport County netted a late equaliser at Morecambe to draw 1-1 and so pip the U's to the final play-off berth.
Dickenson gave the U's the lead in the 21st minute by meeting Sam Saunders' corner with a first-time shot which flew into the bottom far corner of the net. It was an inch-perfect finish from Dickenson.
And Szmodics doubled the U's lead, six minutes later, by powering to the edge of the six-yard box to meet Ryan Jackson's teasing cross with a thunderous header which flew like a bullet past keeper Josh Vickers.
It was Szmodics 14th goal of the season, and his 13th in the league, and he was soon celebrating his 15th goal of the campaign when charging down keeper Vickers' attempted clearance in the 43rd minute.
The ball struck Szmodics and then rolled towards an empty net, with the U's No. 10 having the easy task of helping it over the line.
The U's were on course for the play-offs, therefore, right up to the point where Newport got their equaliser.
• Get the best reaction from Carl Marston in the blog above.