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Colchester United relegated after eight year stint in League 1


 
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Colchester United’s will be playing their football in Sky Bet League 2 in 2016/17 following a 3-0 defeat to Burton Albion.

The U’s faced an uphill challenge against the promotion-chasing Brewers, requiring victory to give themselves hope of another miraculous escape, but their task was made all the more difficult by Joe Edwards’ early red card.

A Lucas Akins hat-trick secured a 3-0 win for the visitors, leaving the U's nine points from safety and confirming that they would join already-relegated Crewe Alexandra in the fourth tier next season.

It is the first time they have played outside League 1 since 2006/­07 season when they were relegated from the Cham­pi­on­ship. It brings to an end an eight year stint in League 1.

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