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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24

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