Colne are cruelly undone after battling display

Mere consolation: Mark Coyne scored Colne's goal on Saturday as they opened the scoring against Runcorn Linnets at the XLCR Stadium, but lost 6-1
Mere consolation: Mark Coyne scored Colne's goal on Saturday as they opened the scoring against Runcorn Linnets at the XLCR Stadium, but lost 6-1

Colne gave promotion contenders Norton United a run for their money on Tuesday night with a battling display, going down 2-1 to a late goal.

Chris Anderson announced the Reds’ intentions with a great shot in the first minute that required an athletic save by Norton keeper Daniel Roberts.

Colne looked confident as they took the game to their opponents in the opening period, but Norton took the lead with a top quality goal after 14 minutes, when Chris Baker drew defenders with his run to the right of goal, and supplied a curling cross to the far post for Lee Cropper to head home.

The Reds continued to compete well in midfield, and had their reward after 24 minutes when Chris Anderson’s superb through ball released Tom Berwick, and although Roberts managed to block his first shot, Berwick knocked in the rebound to level the scores at 1-1.

But Colne were reduced to 10 men after Kieran Demaine’s flying tackle on Thomas Fogg a minute before half-time.

The Reds continued to compete well in the second half and defended well when they needed to. Berwick headed a great chance just wide after 64 minutes, and Brandon Barski fired a shot just past the far post after turning past defenders three minutes later.

Barski clipped the outside of the post with a diving header from Berwick’s curling cross, but Norton made the breakthrough after 81 minutes when Cropper fired home an angled shot from close range.

On Saturday, Colne lost 6-1 at home to Runcorn Linnets, as they suffered the backlash from their victory at Runcorn two weeks before.

The Reds took the lead on 16 minutes when Mark Coyne intercepted the ball and found the net with a low shot into the far corner.

Linnets equalised when a defence-splitting ball reached Mark Houghton at the far post to fire home after 27 minutes, and they struck again after 34 minutes when Matthew Atherton’s angled shot from the left was palmed away by Chris Thompson and Kyle Hamid fired in the rebound.

Within a minute, Linnets went further ahead when Atherton fired home from close range.

Any hopes of a second half revival by Colne were dashed when Houghton forced home a fourth goal in a goalmouth scramble two minutes after the interval.

Kevin Towey broke clear after 57 minutes to beat Thompson for the visitors’ fifth goal, and after 83 minutes, Lee Thompson blasted a spot kick over the bar for Runcorn.

However, Hamid rounded off the scoring with an unstoppable 25 yard shot into the top corner.

Tomorrow, Colne host Stockport Sports (kick-off 3 p.m.) and Glossop North End are the visitors on Wednesday (7-45 p.m.).