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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 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16

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