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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 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19

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