Former Young Reggae Boy Jevani Brown bagged a fine hat-trick as Colchester United beat struggling Stevenage 3-1 at JobServe Community Stadium in an English League Two match on Tuesday night.
Brown, 26, who returned to the starting line-up after scoring an 89th consolation goal in a 2-1 defeat last week at leaders Newport County, struck in the 11th, 57th and 81st minutes to seal all three points after Marcus Dinanga had hauled the visitors level in the 15th minute.
In League One, meanwhile, 26-year-old Barbados international Hallam Hope got on the scoresheet in the 10th minute for Swindon Town, but the Wiltshire outfit, reduced to 10 men in first-half injury time, went down 4-2 at Plymouth Argyle and remain just above the relegation zone.
Playing in the east of England, attacking midfielder Brown was soon on the scoresheet for Colchester, knocking the ball past goalkeeper Jamie Cumming after a cross found him at the near post.
After Stevenage levelled, Brown had the ball in the back of the net again, but the flag had gone up on the far side for Cohen Bramall, who was offside in the build-up.
Colchester got their noses in front again after the break when Brown raced away and coolly slotted home.
And he then completed a perfect hat-trick with a header after latching onto a left-wing cross to loop the ball over Cumming.
Colchester’s third successive home victory lifted them back into the top half of the table.