Colchester United ran out 1-0 winners at Cambridge United, on Saturday afternoon.

Kane Vincent-Young's stoppage-time strike secured the U's three crucial points, at the Abbey Stadium.

A momentous victory

COLCHESTER United’s win at Cambridge United may have only produced three points – but it felt like so much more.

On the back of three straight defeats, it was a momentous victory for John McGreal’s side, particularly given its nature.

To score a winner in the sixth minute of stoppage-time with practically the last kick of the game made it feel all the more special.

The win left Colchester a point off the top seven in League Two with six games remaining – and in with a fighting chance of clinching play-off place.

Buoyed by their triumph at the Abbey Stadium, hopefully Colchester can now kick on in the final weeks of the campaign.

A euphoric moment

HANDS up who remembers Andy Bond’s last-gasp winner for Colchester United at Gillingham on the opening day of the 2013-14 season?

It was certainly a long time ago but sadly, there haven’t been too many other occasions over recent season where the U’s have struck in stoppage-time to take the points.

That probably made Kane Vincent-Young’s dramatic late goal at Cambridge United all the sweeter.

The season before last, Sammie Szmodics came off the bench to score a late equaliser for Colchester at the very same end, at the Abbey Stadium.

But given that it was the winner for the U’s, Vincent-Young’s effort - and the euphoric feeling it brought - takes some beating.

Significant strikes

KANE Vincent-Young doesn’t score tap-ins.

The left-back has a habit of finding the net with spectacular strikes and his winning goal at Cambridge United was no exception.

Indeed, it was probably the most significant of the four goals Vincent-Young has scored so far, in his Colchester career.

The young defender is having an impressive season, showing just why bigger clubs were taking an interest in him, last summer.

He is a key player for Colchester and will be in their final run-in, as they seek to clinch a play-off spot.

A timely boost

IT is not often a player comes in at this stage of the season to boost a promotion-chasing side.

But the arrival of Sam Saunders could well prove to be a timely boost for Colchester United, in the final weeks of the season.

The U’s have been pushed into making a new midfield signing, following injuries to Harry Pell, Brandon Comley and Louis Dunne.

And the experience of Saunders, a promotion winner with Brentford, Wycombe Wanderers and Dagenham and Redbridge, may well prove pivotal at a crucial time in the campaign.

Even in the short time he was on the field at Cambridge United, the 35-year-old made a difference with his calmness and authority.

Drumming up support

HARRY Pell was prevented from supporting his Colchester United’s team-mates on the pitch, at Cambridge United.

So the popular midfielder did the next best thing – by joining forces with the U’s travelling contingent of nearly 1,200 and cheering them on from the stands.

Pell even borrowed the fans’ drum at the Abbey Stadium in backing his pals and it all eventually bore fruit, with Kane Vincent-Young’s stoppage-time winner.

The former Cheltenham Town man was joined by Frank Nouble, Todd Miller and Ollie Kensdale in the away stand, an illustration of the unity that John McGreal spoke of after the final whistle.