Danny Boyle netted a late winner to send the Reds through against Northern League opposition Penrith in the FA Vase on Saturday.
The first half turned out to be a very cagey affair, with the defences well on top.
The first opportunity of any note came on 25 minutes when Penrith were awarded a free kick just outside the area, and Ryan Hall sent a low swerving shot that Chris Thompson saved at the second attempt.
Ten minutes later, Andy Tinker’s reverse pass played in Boyle, whose shot hit the side netting.
The Reds played down the slope in the second half and took the game by the scuff of the neck, attacking with menace and showing some neat midfield build up play.
On 55 minutes, Boyle raced in from the left only to see keeper Joshua Richardson block his shot for a corner.
A couple of minutes later, a long range Joe Garvin effort was deflected, and again well held by Richardson.
Colne were now very much on the front foot, but could not penetrate a resolute Penrith defence until 20 minutes from time.
Good midfield play, involving Chris Anderson, Garvin and Tinker saw the latter play the ball out wide left to the overlapping Chris Bailey, who outpaced his defender and sent in a dangerous cross that the keeper was unable to hold, and Jason Hart reacted quickly to control the ball and shoot into the bottom corner.
For the next 10 minutes, the Reds controlled the game and looked on course for a 1-0 victory.
At this point Penrith changed their game plan, throwing captain Grant Davidson forward.
On 83 minutes, from a free kick wide right, the ball was crossed into the area and Jordon Little headed over.
The visitors stunned the reds by equalising two minutes later. A Davidson flick on created space on the right for Hall, who cut inside and evaded two tackles to shoot low past the despairing dive of Thompson.
Two minutes later, a low cross into the six-yard box just evaded Hall.
The visitors had to thank keeper Richardson for keeping the scores level when he twice thwarted Boyle in one on one situations.
However, in the third minute of added time, William Paul fouled Anderson in the area, and an ice -cool Boyle slotted home the spot kick.
The Reds are next in action at the XLCR Stadium tomorrow against Stockport Sports (kick-off 3 p.m.).