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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 B'mouth

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B'mouth 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 Bristol City 32 67
2 Milton Keynes Dons 32 62
3 Swindon Town 32 60
4 Preston North End 31 59
5 Sheffield United 31 52
6 Bradford City 31 45
7 Doncaster Rovers 32 45
8 Fleetwood Town 32 44
9 Oldham Athletic 31 43
10 Chesterfield 32 42
11 Gillingham 32 42
12 Port Vale 32 42
13 Rochdale 30 41
14 Walsall 32 41
15 Peterborough United 32 41
16 Barnsley 32 41
17 Scunthorpe United 31 40
18 Notts County 31 38
19 Crewe Alexandra 32 38
20 Colchester United 32 34
21 Coventry City 31 33
22 Crawley Town 32 33
23 Leyton Orient 31 32
24 Yeovil Town 32 29