Chris and Cameron on target in 'derby' win
Wood opened the scoring with a well-placed header in the first-half; with Stewart finding the net from distance after the break as a strong Blues’ line-up, that included Stephen Hunt at left-back, eased to the victory.
Blues piled the pressure on the visitors in the opening 15 minutes. Hunt’s fifth minute free-kick from the right of the box begged to be touched home before it curled out at the back post, then Teddy Bishop shot over.
The pressure continued as Alex Henshall released Wood with a perfectly hit long ball for the striker to take down on his chest, only for what appeared to be a Colchester hand to dispossess him with referee Nathan Walker waving play on.
Goalkeeper James Bransgrove was called into action for the U’s, producing a fine reflex save to his left to push away Henshall’s toe-poked shot from inside the box.
Colchester’s best chance of the first-half was a Macauley Bonne header, which was guided just wide of Michael Crowe’s right hand post.
Stewart: On target
Town finally got the goal the pressure deserved in the 21st minute when Henshall’s pin point cross from the left was met by Wood, who headed back across goal past a helpless Bransgrove.
Both teams had the opportunity to score within 10 minutes of the restart. Jack Marriott, on loan at Colchester from Town, volleyed the ball into the ground and over the bar whilst Dylan Connolly’s heavy touch allowed Bransgrove to come out and block his shot after he made a driving run into the box that started on the right wing.
Town doubled the lead just shy of the hour mark with Stewart’s 25-yard effort finding the bottom corner and Connolly could have made it three but his strike went just wide of the post.
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