Colchester Utd 3 Hartlepool Utd 1: Lynch strike can’t save sloppy Pools

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Hartlepool United slumped into the League One relegation zone after a defensive horror show saw them go down 3-1 at Colchester United, writes Craig Hope.

Leading thanks to on-loan Sunderland midfielder Craig Lynch’s early stunner, Neale Cooper’s men then pressed self-destruct as errors from Sam Collins and Peter Hartley allowed Gavin Massey and Jabo Ibehre to fire the hosts in front before the break.

Ibehre added a third in the second half as the visitors put up little fight and duly slid to third from bottom in the table.

* Full report in tonight’s Football Echo