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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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2 Bradford City 0 0
3 Bristol City 0 0
4 Chesterfield 0 0
5 Colchester United 0 0
6 Coventry City 0 0
7 Crawley Town 0 0
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9 Doncaster Rovers 0 0
10 Fleetwood Town 0 0
11 Gillingham 0 0
12 Leyton Orient 0 0
13 Milton Keynes Dons 0 0
14 Notts County 0 0
15 Oldham Athletic 0 0
16 Peterborough United 0 0
17 Port Vale 0 0
18 Preston North End 0 0
19 Rochdale 0 0
20 Scunthorpe United 0 0
21 Sheffield United 0 0
22 Swindon Town 0 0
23 Walsall 0 0
24 Yeovil Town 0 0