Sears double gives U's lift
Last Updated: 26/04/14 7:01pm
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.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 26th Apr
Bradford2 - 1Crawley
Bristol C0 - 0Crewe
Carlisle0 - 1Oldham
Colchester4 - 1Brentford
Coventry1 - 1Wolves
Leyton Or2 - 0Tranmere
Notts Co2 - 0Swindon
Preston3 - 1Gillingham
Rotherham2 - 2MK Dons
Shrewsbury2 - 4Peterboro
Stevenage3 - 2Walsall
Sky Bet League 1
|2||Milton Keynes Dons||33||62|
|3||Preston North End||32||62|