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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,126) 17th April 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Colchester United Colchester

Hartlepool 3

J Brown (11)
R O'Donovan (19, pen 85)

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Colchester 1

I Henderson (8)

Pools dash Us play-off hopes

Hartlepool come from behind to seal home win over Colchester

Last Updated: 17/04/10 7:15pm

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O'Donovan: Scored a brace

O'Donovan: Scored a brace

Two goals from Roy O'Donovan and a third from James Brown brought Hartlepool a step closer to safety with a 3-1 win against Colchester.

A late penalty from O'Donovan put all three points in Hartlepool's hands as they prepare for battle with the FA over Garry Liddle's illegal appearance against Brighton.

Liddle returned to the starting line-up following his two-match ban for accruing 10 yellow cards. Whether Hartlepool will be deducted three precious points for starting that ban one game too late will be thrashed out between the club and the FA over the next 10 days.

Colchester had taken the lead through Clive Platt after just eight minutes, but two minutes later Pools were level through Brown when he headed home Leon McSweeney's cross.

O'Donovan made it two after 19 minutes when he fired home Andy Monkhouse's through ball.

And the game was wrapped up six minutes from time when O'Donovan stepped up to slot home from the spot after McSweeney was brought down by substitute Simon Hackney.

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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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