COLNE were hit for six by Winsford at the XLCR Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The night began on a promising note for the Reds with a series of good attacks in the opening minutes.
Danny Boyle’s run took him into the penalty area and Winsford keeper Andrew Jones could only block his shot, but Ashley Carter fired the rebound over the bar from a great opportunity.
There was little warning at this stage of any danger from the opposition but after 11 minutes, Winsford took the lead when Andy Hurst slipped through the Colne defence and slotted the ball past Chris Thompson.
The Reds bounced back within a minute as Mark Coyne made a run to the left of goal and his well-struck diagonal shot found the far corner of the net to level the scores at 1-1.
But three minutes later, only a last-ditch tackle by Danny Gleave denied Hurst as he again slipped through the home defence and into the penalty area.
Stuart Wellstead almost cashed in on defensive mistakes after 23 minutes when he made progress on the left wing before curling a shot over the Colne bar from a good chance.
The game was end-to-end as both sides used long high balls, and as Carter and Boyle found room in the visitors’ penalty area, Coyne tried another diagonal shot which flew over the bar.
But after 32 minutes, the Colne defence were in disarray when a misdirected header into their own penalty area presented Matthew Ward with a shooting opportunity, and his defected shot restored Winsford’s lead at 2-1.
Seven minutes later, a mistimed tackle by Joe Garvin on Hurst gave the visitors a penalty and Ward converted the spot kick to increase Winsford’s lead to 3-1 at the interval.
As the second half began, Colne again pressed forward and Boyle saw his shot turned round the post by a good save from Jones.
And in a good period for the home side, a series of attacking moves forced the visitors to defend.
But after 54 minutes, Wellstead’s cross from the left was laid back by Hurst for Richard Bailey to fire into the roof of the Colne net to give Winsford a 4-1 lead.
After 79 minutes, Hurst’s cross from the right was deflected to Ward on the edge of the area, and he found the net with a firm low shot after side-stepping defenders for Winsford’s fifth goal.
Colne briefly threatened when Mark Threlfall’s (pictured) shot was pushed round the post by Jones, but Winsford had the final word when Ward finished a good run with a diagonal left foot shot into the far corner of the net to complete a 6-1 scoreline for the visitors on 89 minutes.
On Saturday, the Reds went down 1-0 at home to Stone Dominoes.
Colne seemed to have lost their scoring touch as they squandered a bag full of chances at the XLCR Stadium.
The Reds had plenty of possession as they dominated the first half, but their shooting was too often well wide of the target.
Mark Coyne began the trend blasting a shot high over the bar after only two minutes, and visiting keeper Adam Livesey was soon in the action, racing out of his goal to clear Luke McVarish’s speculative long ball after eight minutes.
At the other end, Ashley Miller fired a 25-yard free kick just over the Colne bar, but then a good move by the Reds pair of Kieran Demaine and Coyne saw Mark Threlfall shoot high and wide of the target.
The Colne defence had a warning after 20 minutes when Dwayne Spence headed just wide of the Reds’ goal but Colne still continued to create and squander chances at the other end.
And they paid the price after 40 minutes when they conceded possession due to hesitancy in midfield and Spence broke clear on a through ball to slot the ball past Chris Thompson and give Stones Dominoes the lead.
In the second half, Colne created plenty of chances to turn the game around but again their finishing let them down and despite a series of jinking runs into the penalty area by Dominic Craig and some penetrating crosses by Joe Garvin, they failed to find the target.
Early in the half Coyne raced clear on Danny Boyle’s through ball but Livesey was out quickly to hack the ball clear off his toes.
And after 54 minutes, Garvin’s corner reached Threlfall at the far post but his glancing header flew wide of the target.
Threlfall again came close after 66 minutes when his shot was deflected wide by Stone defender Gareth Mayer.
And from the ensuing corner, the Reds failed to cash in as the ball bounced around in the goalmouth before the keeper claimed.
Danny Gleave came closest to an equaliser after 75 minutes when his glancing header was pushed round the post in a full length save by the visiting keeper.
As Colne pressed for an equaliser in the final minute, they were caught on the break and Katongo Nkonde spurned the chance to double Stone’s lead when he made the miss of the afternoon by skying his shot with an open net in front of him.
Tomorrow, Colne travel to Padiham with a 3 p.m. kick off, before travelling to meet St Helens Town next Tuesday evening at Edge Green Street, 7-45 p.m. kick-off.