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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 5,321) 20th February 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Linnington

Colchester Colchester United vs Oldham Athletic Oldham

Colchester 1

D Batth (64)

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Oldham 0

Latics unlucky in defeat

Colchester on the rise after hard-fought victory

Last Updated: 20/02/10 7:00pm

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Abbott: Rues missed chances

Abbott: Rues missed chances

Colchester boosted their automatic promotion hopes with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Oldham.

On-loan Wolves defender Danny Batth headed home the winner just after the hour mark as the Us extended their unbeaten league run to five games.

Oldham goalkeeper Dean Brill plucked John-Joe O'Toole's header out of the air inside the opening minute. And 13 minutes later Brill was out quickly to foil Steven Gillespie after he was sent through on goal by David Prutton's fine, searching pass.

The Latics came agonisingly close to taking the lead soon afterwards when Jason Price's firm header struck a post. Colchester goalkeeper Ben Williams made a fine save to deny Pawel Abbott from point-blank range in the early stages of the second half after Price had headed down Alex Marrow's cross.

Williams comfortably saved Dale Stephens' free-kick, but at the other end, Brill was unable to prevent Batth firmly heading in Prutton's corner after 64 minutes for his first professional goal.

The impressive Williams denied Abbott twice in quick succession, and Price's deflected effort bounced off the crossbar for Oldham as Colchester held on for a crucial three points.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40

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