Colne 3, Congleton Town 1

Colne FC: Nigel Coates
Colne FC: Nigel Coates

COLNE manager Nigel Coates had to name himself as a substitute on Saturday with five regular first team players and their natural replacements unavailable through injury.

COLNE manager Nigel Coates had to name himself as a substitute on Saturday with five regular first team players and their natural replacements unavailable through injury.

He was therefore delighted to return home from Cheshire with all three points after a comprehensive victory against an in-form Congleton team who have recorded some good results recently.

Colne began confidently and in the first few minutes Andy Tinker released Mark Threlfall down the left and he pulled the ball back to Mickey Woodvine whose shot flew narrowly wide.

In the midfield Kieron Demaine and Woodvine were gradually taking control, chasing down every loose ball.

Defensively Colne also looked solid and with Threlfall and Mark Coyne always looking threatening in attack it came as a big surprise when Congleton opened the scoring on 20 minutes against the run of play.

The goal came after Matt Walsh released Gareth Richards through the middle and his shot was deflected by Chris Thompson onto the post but the rebound was slotted past Thompson into the far corner.

Three minutes later though and the Reds were back on level terms when Ashley Woodhouse in the Congleton goal failed to deal with Danny Gleave’s long clearance up field and Threlfall capitalised on his mistake and fired the ball into the far corner.

During the rest of the half Colne continued to dominate but Congleton always looked dangerous on the break and just before half-time they almost took the lead again but for a good save by Thompson at the foot of the near post.

In the second half the Reds continued from where they had left off with Ben Bridson and Threlfall both coming close in the opening minutes.

On 60 minutes Sam Hayes played in Threlfall who was only denied a goal by a brilliant save by Woodhouse when the ball looked destined for the top left corner.

Five minutes later Tinker’s free-kick was met by Gleave inside the six-yard area but he somehow managed to blast the ball over the bar. Pickup then blasted over from close range from Tinker’s corner just minutes later.

Colne finally took a well-deserved lead on 70 minutes when Woodvine was first to react to Thompson’s free-kick into the area and lobbed the ball into the top corner.

With 10 minutes remaining the result was sealed when Dominic Craig combined brilliantly with Hayes who squared the ball to Mark Coyne for a simple tap-in.

On Saturday Colne entertain Winsford at the XLCR Stadium before the local derby at Silsden on Boxing Day and then Barnoldswick on January 2nd at home.