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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 4,727) 29th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: O Langford

Colchester Colchester United vs Bournemouth Bournemth

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Bournemth 1

B Pitman (19)

U's picked off by Cherries

Last Updated: 29/03/13 7:08pm

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Brett Pitman: Bagged the all-important winner

Brett Pitman: Bagged the all-important winner

Brett Pitman's well-taken goal helped Bournemouth boost their automatic promotion hopes with a 1-0 victory at Colchester.

Lewis Grabban was denied by U's goalkeeper Sam Walker after 17 minutes after bursting onto Eunan O'Kane's pass.

But the Cherries did take the lead two minutes later when Pitman fired in a first-time shot at the near post from Matt Ritchie's low cross to leave Walker with no chance.

The visitors were the better side in the first half and Marc Pugh's header at the far post from Harry Arter's cross was deflected onto the post, while Grabban wasted a gilt-edged chance in first-half stoppage-time when he shot wastefully wide after breaking the offside trap.

Bournemouth almost doubled their lead early in the second half when Walker denied Arter after the midfielder had exchanged passes with Pitman before firing in a close-range shot.

Arter fired straight at Walker midway through the second half and then tested the U's keeper again with 11 minutes to go as Bournemouth secured a vital win to move into the automatic promotion places, two points behind league leaders Doncaster.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fleetwood Town 4 10
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Preston North End 4 8
4 Bristol City 4 8
5 Barnsley 4 7
6 Swindon Town 4 7
7 Milton Keynes Dons 4 7
8 Bradford City 4 7
9 Doncaster Rovers 4 7
10 Notts County 4 7
11 Chesterfield 4 7
12 Sheffield United 4 6
13 Crawley Town 4 6
14 Leyton Orient 4 5
15 Coventry City 4 5
16 Port Vale 4 5
17 Rochdale 4 4
18 Gillingham 4 4
19 Yeovil Town 4 4
20 Walsall 4 3
21 Oldham Athletic 4 2
22 Colchester United 4 1
23 Scunthorpe United 4 1
24 Crewe Alexandra 4 0