Southend’s long unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt against League one leaders Sheffield United yesterday, as they went down four-two at Roots Hall.
The Blues stay seventh in the table.
But Colchester’s great form continues as they beat Carlisle 4-1, largely thanks to a hat-trick by Kurtis Guthrie.
The win puts them up to six in League Two.
In the National League Braintree went down 2-1 at home against Chester, and Dagenham and Redbridge won 4-0 at North Ferriby.
In the National League South Chelmsford beat Whitehawk 1-0 but there were heavy defeats for Concord, 3-1 at home to Weston Super Mare and East Thurrock 6-1 at Dartford.