Colne FC need ‘ruthless streak’

Chris Ridehalgh keeps up with Michael Cruz..
Chris Ridehalgh keeps up with Michael Cruz..

COLNE’S profligacy is costing them, says boss Nigel Coates.

It’s been a mixed bag of results for the Reds to date this season with nine wins and 10 losses recorded in the Premier Division plus numerous defeats in various cup competitions.

And, according to Coates, that inconsistency is down to the absence of a ruthless streak in front of goal.

“The season so far has been up and down,” he said.

“We’ve just been inconsistent and I’ve been a bit disappointed to be honest.

“We’ve been relatively tight at the back but there’s been a lot of games where we’ve missed plenty of chances.

“We could have won around five of the 10 games we’ve lost but that’s been the downfall of our season so far.

“We’ve dominated possession but we’ve not been putting the ball in the back of the net enough.”

Coates added: “It’s been frustrating for myself and the lads on the field.

“When the number of squandered opportunities has built up they’ve started to take more risks and that’s led to us conceding goals at times.”

Prior to the 2-0 loss to rivals Barnoldswick Town, the Reds had recorded four league wins in five matches with leaders Bootle inflicting their only loss.

That sequence saw Colne score 13 goals and concede six though the outcome of cup fixtures sandwiched in-between weren’t quite as palatable.

Coates’s side lost 3-2 to Ashton Athletic in the second round of the Challenge Cup, 4-0 at the hands of Ramsbottom United in the first round of the FA Carlsberg Vase and 3-0 to Barrow in the Lancashire Challenge Trophy second round, a game which Coates believes best sums up their campaign.

“You never know what you’re going to get,” he said.

“We are capable of beating any team in this league but we’re also capable of losing to anyone.

“That’s why we are stuck in mid-table. I wanted to improve on last season but some of the lads aren’t playing anywhere near as well as they did last year.

“The Barrow game sums our season up. We should have been 2-0 up before they scored and we’ve gone on to get beat by three.

“They fielded a strong side and we’d done well but didn’t take our chances.

“We’ve eventually had to chase the game and been punished for it.”

Coates added: “We’ve got a reasonably good record for games where we’ve taken the lead but we don’t do it enough.

“We are looking to string a few wins together now. We’d won four out of five league games going in to the Barnoldswick match. We need to kick on.”

The Reds sit 13th in the table but have games in hand on the teams surrounding them in the league.

Colne have culminated the previous two seasons in eighth and fifth place respectively and this season’s ambition is very clear going in to the game with Congleton Town tomorrow - push on and better those finishes.

“The squad is not quite big enough but there’s nothing you can do to alter that when we’ve got very few resources,” said Coates.

“We’ve finished fifth and seventh in the last couple of seasons so we wanted to push on but they’ve not been playing as well recently.”