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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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1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30