Boyle seals win

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COLNE notched up their 20th win of the season with a 2-1 success at Glossop on Wednesday evening.

The Reds competed well in the first half and restricted the home side to only a few chances.

Colne created by far the greater openings, with Mark Threlfall denied on several occasions and Danny Boyle, Steve Cunningham and James Crorken missing good opportunities.

In the second half, Jon McIlwaine was fortunate to keep out Billy Priestley’s header, before he was caught out by a free kick which Joe Garvin swerved inside the near post to give Colne the lead.

The lead lasted just four minutes when a cross into the Colne goalmouth saw Glossop captain Jay Gorton score with glancing header at the near post.

But Colne took the points with an 80th-minute winner, when Threlfall’s persistence on the left wing provided a low cross to Boyle at the near post, and he found the far corner with a good shot on the turn.

On Monday, Colne’s local derby against Barnoldswick saw a tense 1-1 thriller fought out in front of a crowd of over 200 at the XLCR Stadium.

There was little to choose between the two sides in the first half, but Colne started the brightest and Garvin clipped the top of the bar with a well struck free kick, before Threlfall saw his low shot deflected across goal.

The Barnoldswick defence proved hard to break down and the visitors were quick on the counterattack. And on the half hour, Aaron Hollindrake saw his angled shot saved by Jamie Scott in a one-on-one.

Both sides stepped up the pace in the second half and former Red Liam Garbutt saw his shot blocked, while Ia Barnoldswick free kick found Bill Williams at the far post but he headed the ball across the face of goal.

Just after the hour, Garbutt was brought down in the area to give his side a penalty, but Neil Chapman lifted the spot kick over.

The Reds took full advantage seven minutes later when Sam Hayes seized on a half cleared corner and fired in through a crowd of defenders to give Colne the lead.

Colne had several chances to increase their lead, with Steve Cunningham having a shot saved by Chris Thompson at the near post, while Matt Tindall and James Crorken combined to provide a great opening for Threlfall, but he mistimed his shot with the goal invitingly in front of him.

Inevitably Barnoldswick came back strongly and levelled the scores after 82 minutes when Spencer Jordan blasted home in a crowded penalty area.

In a nail-biting finish, Lewis Jordan’s header bounced agonisingly wide of the Colne goal and Hollindrake missed a golden opportunity in the final minute when he pulled his shot wide.

On Saturday, Colne fought out a creditable 2-2 draw against high flying Bootle at the XLCR Stadium.

Bootle started confidently and dominated the opening stages. They took the lead after 19 minutes when Jamie Hay found the bottom corner following a half clearance by the home defence.

The Reds midfield came more into the game as the half wore on and their reward came on the stroke of half-time when Andy Tinker made room in the area and equalised with a left foot shot into the far corner of the net.

Colne pushed forward in the second half, and after 53 minutes, Neil Stansfield’s cross from the left wing was headed against the bar by Tindall in the best of a series of attacking moves. And it was Tindall who put Colne ahead after 62 minutes when he blasted home at the far post after a defence-splitting run by Ben Bridson.

But the Reds were caught out six minutes later when Darren Byers was left unmarked and lobbed the ball over Scott to equalise for Bootle at 2-2.

Colne substitute Boyle had only been on the field for five minutes when he was sent off for his second yellow card.

In a nail biting finale, Scott made a great save to deny Byers in a one-on-one, before the Reds were forced to defend a free kick inside their own penalty area which was blocked by the defensive wall.

But Colne’s 10 men held on bravely for a point.

On Monday, the reserves host Bamber Bridge in the Galaxy League West Cup Final (kick-off 7-45 p.m.) at the XLCR Stadium.