Stevenage 3-1 Colchester United: Comeback Boro earn victory with dominant second-half

PUBLISHED: 17:04 06 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:44 06 October 2018

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in front of the Colchester United fans in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in front of the Colchester United fans in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Stevenage beat Colchester United 3-1 in a fiery game at the Lamex on Saturday, coming back from 1-0 down.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal by gesturing to the Colchester United fans in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal by gesturing to the Colchester United fans in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Boro made it three home wins in a row on Saturday, beating the U’s - who were fourth at the start of the day - with a dominant second-half display.

However, Boro’s start to the afternoon was as grey as the sky they played under, as they went 1-0 down after one minute in the sheeting rain.

Manager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria celebrates Kurtis Guthrie's equalising goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOManager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria celebrates Kurtis Guthrie's equalising goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Countering after an early opportunity for the hosts, Colchester right-back Ryan Jackson was played into space outside the box on the right. His low cross bounced through to Sammie Szmodics, who tapped in from close-range.

Boro’s passing was disjoined, and there seemed to be a disconnect between the midfield and attack. However, the visitors offered little after their goal, and the hosts finally began pressuring Colchester in the final five minutes of the half.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

It payed off, as Scott Cuthbert’s flicked knock-down after a corner was nodded in by Kurtis Guthrie from inside the 6-yard-box after 44-minutes.

Guthrie’s U’s contract was terminated in April, and on his first meeting with his old club, the visiting fans had booed him constantly. After running away celebrating with his finger to his lips, Nick Kinseley brandished a harsh yellow card.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

After a positive end to the half, Boro started the second period with an even higher tempo. Substitute Emmanuel Sonupe missed two good chances and saw an attempted overhead kick sail over as the home side poured forward.

The game took on a frantic tempo as Colchester looked to fight back, but Boro held them off well and were firmly on top.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Their dominance paid off in the 85th minute. First, Ben Kennedy buried a penalty after Steve Seddon was fouled in the box. Seconds later, Boro won the ball back, and Guthrie raced forward. He slipped Emmanuel Sonupe in, for the number 11 to slot in under Dillion Barnes.

It was a jubilant Lamex who watched the eight minutes of injury time play out, as Boro contained the visitors to the whistle, even forging opportunities to make it four on the counter-attack.

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