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Lamex Stadium (ATT 3,108) 12th April 2014 - Kick off 15:07

Stevenage Stevenage vs Colchester United Colchester

Stevenage 2

M Doughty (11)
L Freeman (89)
F Morais (S/O 90+3)

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Colchester 3

F Sears (45+3, 73)
J Ibehre (50)

Sears at the double for U's

Last Updated: 12/04/14 7:00pm

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Freddie Sears: At the double

Freddie Sears: At the double

Freddie Sears scored twice as Colchester eased their relegation worries with a 3-2 victory away to bottom side Stevenage.

Sears' double, either side of a goal from Jabo Ibehre, came after Michael Doughty's early opener for basement boys Boro.

Luke Freeman reduced the deficit but it was too little, too late from the hosts, who had substitute Filipe Morais sent off in the final few seconds for shoving the ball at Alex Wynter.

Stevenage drew first blood after Francois Zoko won a 50-50 challenge with Marcus Bean. Doughty latched on to the ball, pushed it past David Wright and then placed his shot beyond onrushing goalkeeper Sam Walker after 11 minutes.

However, Sears fired the visitors level in first-half stoppage time with a half-volley from just inside the area which flew into the top right-hand corner of the net.

And five minutes into the second half it was 2-1 to Colchester when Sears' cross from near the corner flag deflected off the near post and Ibehre poked home the ball from close range.

Sears then added another with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net with 17 minutes to go before Stevenage ensured a nervous last few minutes after Freeman's free-kick took a slight deflection and left goalkeeper Sam Walker wrong-footed.

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2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24