Colne FC battle back to victory

Jonathan Hodgkinson battles for the ball.

Jonathan Hodgkinson battles for the ball.

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Colne bounced back from a 4-0 defeat at home to Bootle on Saturday by winning 2-1 at AFC Blackpool on Tuesday night.

The Reds looked to be heading for a comfortable win until a penalty and a sending off gave them some anxious moments late on.

Boss Steve Cunningham included himself in the back four, and Colne almost opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Jason Hart’s well struck free kick brought a spectacular save by Adam Caunce.

And on the half hour, Hart curled the ball just over the angle when one on one with Caunce.

Jonathan Hodgkinson saw his effort scrambled clear from the home goalmouth after Andy Tinker and Chris Anderson had opened up the Blackpool defence, before Chris Bailey’s angled shot was deflected just wide of the far post.

Ten minutes into the second half, Colne took the lead when Hart’s free kick was headed down at the far post by Hodgkinson and bounced just inside the upright.

The Reds doubled their lead after 70 minutes when a ball from midfield was flicked on by Tinker for Brandon Barski to blast home.

But with 10 minutes left, a mistimed tackle by Tom Berwick gave Blackpool a penalty which Grant Dell netted to reduce the arrears.

And just three minutes later, Jimmy Crorken was sent off for retaliation reducing Colne to 10 men.

Blackpool pushed forward looking for an equaliser but Colne might well have punished them on the break with good chances falling to Hart, Barski and Bailey in the closing minutes.

On Saturday, Colne crashed to defeat in a second half blitz by Bootle at the XLCR Stadium.

In an even first half, the Reds repeatedly opened up the visitors’ defence but some were unable to take advantage.

And after 51 minutes James McGrane got behind the Colne defence and his low cross was slid home by Emini Adegbenro. Four minutes, defensive mistakes allowed Tom Peterson to double Bootle’s lead with a simple finish.

After 75 minutes, Peterson blasted in Bootle’s third goal with a shot that beat Chris Thompson all the way as it found the top corner.

And with 10 minutes left, Colne were caught on the counterattack as a long ball from Porter allowed Peterson to go round Thompson and score his side’s fourth.

Colne now turn their attention to the FA Cup as they travel to Northallerton Town tomorrow in the Extra Preliminary Round (kick-off 3 p.m.).

DAVE PRIESTLEY

The XLCR Stadium hosts the Dave Hadfield Charity Shield Final on Sunday between Trawden Venue and Fence, kick-off 2 p.m.

Entry is free, with donations welcome for the motor neurone disease association.