Boyle at the double as Reds extend lead to six points

The North West Counties Football League Premier Division. Colne V Nelson.'Colne (RED) V Nelson (BLUE).'Colne's Daniel Boyle with Nelson's George Melling.'16th September 2015
The North West Counties Football League Premier Division. Colne V Nelson.'Colne (RED) V Nelson (BLUE).'Colne's Daniel Boyle with Nelson's George Melling.'16th September 2015

Colne extended their lead at the top of the NWC Premier Division to six points over the week.

A goal-less draw at home to derby rivals Padiham on Saturday was backed up by a 3-1 win at Ashton Athletic on Tuesday night.

At Ashton, the first real action came on 15 minutes when Colne keeper Chris Thompson deflected Danny Smith’s free kick onto the post.

The Reds took the lead three minutes later when right back Adam Stockdale played the ball wide right to Kenny Taylor, whose cross into the area was deflected into the path of Danny Boyle, and his first time shot nestled in the bottom corner.

Colne made the perfect start to the second half and extended their lead on 47 minutes.

The Reds won the ball in midfield, Chris Anderson played a quick one-two with Hart and then ran at the defence, playing a precise pass for Boyle to confidently stroke the ball into the far corner.

Ashton were always dangerous at set pieces and keeper Thompson came to the rescue again with an instinctive goal line block from a corner.

On 75 minutes Ashton pulled a goal back when, from a deep right wing cross, Alex Coleman lost his footing, which gave Smith the time to shoot into the roof of the net.

It was now game on as Ashton pushed forward with purpose.

On 81 minutes, full back Lee Pugh saved a certain goal when he blocked the ball on the line and Kieran Demaine completed the clearance.

Moments later a right wing corner was played deep into the area where centre half Luke Holden rose unchallenged only to power his header over the bar from six yards.

The Reds gained some respite and on 86 minutes, substitute Tom Berwick’s long range blast was mis-handled by the keeper, only to see him recover the ball before it crossed the line.

Colne put the game to bed in the last minute when the home keeper’s clearance was well controlled in midfield by Berwick, who played it wide right to Taylor, and his cross shot found the far corner of the net.

On Saturday, Colne were held to a goal-less draw by local rivals Padiham.

The first half was dominated by midfield and defence with little goalmouth action.

On 25 minutes the Reds won a free kick just outside the area, only to see Ben Allen bend the ball around the wall, but just outside the upright.

Anderson then played the ball wide left to Hart, whose dangerous cross was well dealt wit.

The Reds had keeper Thompson to thank for maintaining a clean sheet when, on 50 minutes, a quick break released Dominic Slaven into a one to one situation, which produced an outstanding save.

On the hour, Anderson released Hart wide left, he left the full back in his wake, but his ferocious shot hit the post and bounced away from danger.

On 64 minutes Padiham were a few inches away from taking the lead when Slaven took the ball wide of keeper Thompson but saw his shot drift past the far post.

Padiham had a golden chance to win the game at the death when a cross from the left into the six- yard box saw Curtis Haley stretch to reach the ball, only to knock it over.

Colne are at Rochdale Town tonight.

ED LAMBERT