Colne bounce back with a point after heavy defeat

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After being undone by a six-goal Glossop blitz on Saturday, Colne turned in an excellent display at Squires Gate to earn a point, which could have been all three.

Squires Gate had their keeper Ben Fletcher to thank for some great saves in the second half to deny the Reds a win, in a goal-less draw.

Christopher Bailey jumps for the ball.

Christopher Bailey jumps for the ball.

Colne came close after nine minutes when Fletcher produced a good save to push Danny Boyle’s shot round the post.

But three minutes later, Chris Thompson had to make an equally good save when he kept out Harry Dunn’s shot.

Both sides produced some good football, but clear sights of goal were few and far between.

After the interval, the Reds stepped up the pace. On the hour, an exchange of passes with Simon Nangle gave Boyle a great shooting chance, but Fletcher pushed his effort over the bar.

Within a minute, the keeper held Andy Tinker’s shot at the foot of the post.

Superb build-up after 72 minutes by Boyle and Ted Cockett gave Spencer Jordan a clear sight of goal, but again Fletcher produced an outstanding save.

Fletcher produced his best save of the game when Stockdale’s cross reached Nangle at the far post, and his powerful downward header looked a certain goal, but the keeper got down to hold it on the line.

Almost immediately, he was in action again saving in a one-on-one with Boyle.

It was one-way traffic late on as the Reds looked for a winner, but they were unable to beat the keeper.

On Saturday, Colne went down 6-0 at home to Glossop North End.

After 12 minutes, keeper Thompson let a shot by Kieran Lugsden slip under his body in the wet conditions.

And after 32 minutes, Glossop doubled their lead when Lugsden released Jason Carey, and his shot spun into the net off the body of Thompson as he dived at this feet.

Five minutes later, the Colne defence conceded a penalty when Lugsden was brought down, and Tom Bailey fired home the spot kick.

Glossop went further ahead on the stroke of half-time when Lee Blackshaw blasted in after a series of shots had been blocked.

It was 5-0 after 57 minutes when Blackshaw picked up the ball from a defensive mistake and fired home, and Colne’s misery was complete in the final minute when Sam Grimshaw provided a low cross for Bailey to add a sixth.

• Tomorrow Colne are at home to AFC Liverpool, kick-off 3 p.m.