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Sky Bet League 1

Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,258) 12th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Stroud

Colchester Colchester United vs Scunthorpe United Scunthorpe

Colchester 1

F Sears (59)

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Scunthorpe 2

J Ryan (41)
K Hawley (46)

Iron win to ease their plight

Last Updated: 12/01/13 7:01pm

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Ryan: On the scoresheet

Ryan: On the scoresheet

Scunthorpe climbed out of the relegation zone at fellow strugglers Colchester's expense after claiming a vital 2-1 away win.

Dominic Samuel and Gavin Massey both went close for Colchester early on, while Scunthorpe debutant Akpo Sodje fired straight at keeper Mark Cousins and the U's keeper then denied both Jimmy Ryan and Andy Barcham.

Ryan cleared Josh Thompson's close-range effort off the line, and four minutes before the break Ryan's blistering 25-yard strike flew into the net, despite Cousins getting a hand to the shot.

Scunthorpe doubled their lead in the opening minute of the second half when Karl Hawley finished well from close range from Sodje's flick-on.

It was almost 3-0 soon after when Callum Kennedy's free-kick rattled the woodwork and Hawley did the same, before Colchester substitute Freddie Sears reduced the deficit when he lashed home from close range after latching onto Clinton Morrison's flick.

Colchester pressed for an equaliser in the closing stages but were unable to prevent a club record ninth successive league defeat.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 10 24
2 Peterborough United 10 19
3 Swindon Town 9 18
4 Milton Keynes Dons 9 16
5 Rochdale 10 16
6 Preston North End 9 16
7 Sheffield United 9 16
8 Chesterfield 9 15
9 Bradford City 10 15
10 Notts County 10 14
11 Oldham Athletic 10 14
12 Fleetwood Town 10 13
13 Crawley Town 10 13
14 Gillingham 10 12
15 Coventry City 10 12
16 Yeovil Town 10 12
17 Walsall 10 11
18 Doncaster Rovers 9 11
19 Leyton Orient 9 10
20 Colchester United 10 9
21 Barnsley 9 9
22 Port Vale 10 9
23 Scunthorpe United 10 7
24 Crewe Alexandra 10 4