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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,215) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Haywood

Colchester Colchester United vs Preston North End Preston

Colchester 1

F Sears (55)

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Preston 0

B Wright (S/O 83)

U's too hot for 10-man Preston

Last Updated: 09/02/13 7:15pm

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Freddie Sears: Scored the winner

Freddie Sears: Scored the winner

Colchester eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win over struggling Preston, who had Bailey Wright sent off.

U's striker Freddie Sears slammed home his fourth goal in five matches in the 55th minute to seal the points.

Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker brilliantly denied Andy Proctor's header early on, while U's striker Freddie Sears was foiled by Preston keeper Thorsten Stuckmann., which rattled the post.

But Joe Garner's header from John Welsh's cross looped over the bar for Preston late in the half, as both teams attempted to break the deadlock.

Sears' low shot flashed wide, but the former West Ham youngster made no mistake 10 minutes after half-time when he converted from close range after Jabo Ibehre had latched on to George Porter's pass and lifted a shot towards goal.

Preston's Lee Holmes hit the crossbar with a curling shot with 18 minutes to go.

But the visitors' hopes were ended when defender Wright was sent off following an off-the-ball altercation with Ibehre with eight minutes remaining as Colchester secured a crucial win.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 22 45
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20