Colchester United beat Harrogate Town in Sky Bet League Two

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

Top man - Colchester United players celebrate with striker Kwesi Appiah after he put them ahead of Harrogate Town Photo: RICHARD BLAXALLRICHARD BLAXALL

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

Top man - Colchester United players celebrate with striker Kwesi Appiah after he put them ahead of Harrogate Town Photo: RICHARD BLAXALLRICHARD BLAXALL

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

Top man - Colchester United players celebrate with striker Kwesi Appiah after he put them ahead of Harrogate Town Photo: RICHARD BLAXALLRICHARD BLAXALL

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

SUBSTITUTES

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.