COLCHESTER United cruised to a 2-1 victory over Harrogate Town on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Kwesi Appiah and Frank Nouble were enough to seal the victory for the United, despite consolation from Alex Pattison in the second half for the visitors.
It was Matt Bloomfield’s first win as Colchester’s new head coach.
Here are the Gazette ratings, after the U’s first victory in eight matches.
SAM HORNBY 6
Was at fault for the goal but made a good save to deny Burrell late
JUNIOR CHAMADEU 8
Provided the assist for Nouble’s goal and was tireless in his run throughout
LUKE’S ROOMS 7
The U skipper (pictured below) has won his fair share of aerial challenges with Armstrong; never stopped fighting
TOM DALLISON 7
Provided an assist for Appiah’s goal and seemed to enjoy his fights with Armstrong
AL-AMIN KAZEEM 7
Was solid defensively and sometimes added something to U’s attacks
Cole Skuse 8
Enjoyed arguably his best game of the season so far with a flawless display
MARLEY MARSHALL MIRANDA 8
The young midfielder (pictured above) marked his return to the league’s starting lineup with a decidedly combative performance
LUC HANNANT 8
Thrives in a central role; had an effort cleared from the line and also denied by Jameson
Freddie Sear 7
Worked hard for the team in a right-sided role before being substituted
Franck Nouble 8
The experienced striker (pictured above) capped a labored performance with a goal; also had the misfortune to hit a pole
KWESI APPIAH 8
U is the man of the match. Took his goal very well and was a thorn in the side of the Harrogate defense throughout
JOHN AKINDE (for Sears, 65) 7
Showed all his experience late to help Colchester see the game
BERYLY LUBALA (for Noublé, 65 years old) 7
Was sharp on the bench; tried to shake things up in the final third
ALEX NEWBY (for Appiah, 76)
TOM EASTMAN (under Hannant, 90)
Substitutes (not used): Clampin, Longstaff, O’Hara.