Stockport County returned to League Two action at Edgeley Park and registered a record-equalling 12th straight victory by netting twice without reply against Colchester.
Stockport County made the long trip to Essex and made a welcome return to winning ways at Colchester that saw them further consolidate their position in the play-off places.
Rochdale had to settle for a draw on the night they celebrated a landmark 100th birthday as an EFL club.
A mouth-watering Carabao Cup semi-final against their arch rivals is Manchester United’s reward for beating Colchester United in the last eight at Old Trafford.
Three goals early in the second half saw Manchester United beat Colchester United and become the final club in the hat for the Carabao Cup semi finals.