Colchester United's survival hopes suffered a blow this afternoon when they were thrashed 5-1 at home by Tranmere Rovers.

The U's fell behind in the 11th minute when Max Power drove past keeper Sam Walker from the edge of the area, after the U's had only partially cleared Andy Robinson's corner.

But Colchester equalised just before the half hour through Magnus Okuonghae, who swept in at the far post after Billy Clifford's free-kick had not been dealt with by the Tranmere defence.

However, Tranmere regained their lead four minutes before half-time when Jean Akpa Akpro nipped in to score, following hestiancy between Walker and Josh Thompson in the U's area.

And the U's fell further behind just before the midway point in the second half when Ash Taylor headed in from Michael Kay's delivery.

Jabo Ibehre headed straight at keeper Owain Fon Williams before the end, but Tranmere substitute Cole Stockton drove home a low shot from the edge of the area with four minutes to go.

Michael O'Halloran wrapped up Tranmere's win with a penalty late on, as Colchester were soundly beaten.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester United's game with Tranmere Rovers, see Monday's Gazette.