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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 6,400) 26th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Colchester Colchester United vs Brentford Brentford

Colchester 4

M Bean (29)
A Wynter (32)
F Sears (pen 41, 65)

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Brentford 1

S Dallas (45+1)

Sears double gives U's lift

Last Updated: 26/04/14 7:01pm

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Freddie Sears: At the double

Freddie Sears: At the double

Colchester thrashed already-promoted Brentford 4-1 to effectively seal their Sky Bet League One status for another season.

Joe Dunne's side began the day a point above the bottom four, but first-half goals from Marcus Bean, Alex Wynter and Freddie Sears' penalty put them in control.

Stuart Dallas pulled one back for Brentford on the stroke of half-time, but Sears scored his second midway through the second half.

Jabo Ibehre squandered a good early chance for Colchester, while Bees goalkeeper David Button denied Sears.

The U's took a 25th-minute lead through Bean, who bundled in Brian Wilson's free-kick under pressure from George Saville.

The U's doubled their lead three minutes later when loanee Wynter powered home a fine header from Ryan Dickson's corner and Sears scored from the spot to make it 3-0, after Alan McCormack had fouled Sanchez Watt.

Brentford pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage-time when Dallas lashed in from 20 yards from Clayton Donaldson's lay-off.

But Sears restored Colchester's three-goal cushion in the 64th minute after he thumped into an empty net after Button and James Tarkowski had failed to deal with a long pass.

U's goalkeeper Sam Walker saved a penalty from Alan Judge, who had taken the spot-kick after being fouled by Alex Gilbey with 14 minutes remaining, as Colchester claimed a huge win.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 15 30
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Peterborough United 18 27
8 Oldham Athletic 18 27
9 Rochdale 17 26
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15