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COLNE picked up four points over the week as the games continue to come thick and fast.

After a 2-1 win at home to Maine Road on Saturday, the Reds made the long journey to Alsager Town on Tuesday and came back with a 1-1 draw.

Alsager were desperate for three points to avoid relegation from the Vodkat Premier Division. but in the early stages of the game, the Reds had the majority of the possession.

However, they could not find a way past Anthony Intikar, who was in outstanding form in goal.

Mark Threlfall, Danny Boyle and Neil Stansfield all created chances, but Alsager were content just to clear their lines and pump long balls up the field.

Colne’s best chance fell to Billy Priestley, who was first to react to a corner, but his shot was blocked on the line.

Then Steve Pickup did well to knock a ball from the back post across to Boyle, whose shot flew narrowly wide.

Priestley came close again just before the break but Intikar was down quickly to avert the danger.

In the second half the Reds piled on the pressure and created more chances, but could not find away past Intikar, who made two tremendous saves from Pickup and Joe Garvin.

Then on 60 minutes the Reds took the lead when, after good work by Stansfield and Boyle, Sam Morris eventually beat Intikar.

But on 75 minutes Alsager were back on level terms when Tim Grice was given time and space to unleash a shot which took a wicked deflection into the near corner.

In the final quarter-of –an-hour the Reds put Alsager under intense pressure, but Intikar was there to prevent good efforts from Andy Tinker, James Crorken and Threlfall.

On Saturday against Maine Road, Colne gave a debut to goalkeeper Gavin King because of the suspension of Jamie Scott.

The Reds started brightly, and both Morris and Threlfall came close to opening the scoring in the first five minutes.

But Colne were stunned on seven minutes when Maine Road took the lead with a counter attack from a corner, after Matt Struminski raced down the left and laid on a simple finish for Alistair Holden.

On quarter-of-an-hour, Crorken came close to equalising after good work by Morris and Martin Broderick, but his shot flew just over the bar.

But the Reds were soon back on level terms three minutes later after Danny Gleave floated a delightful cross to the far post, and Threlfall outjumped the Maine Road keeper to head home into the top corner.

As the half progressed, Colne began to dominate, but the young Maine Road outfit always looked dangerous on the break, resulting from their quick tackling and strong challenges.

In the second half Colne began to up the tempo of their game, and Threlfall had several chances within the first 10 minutes.

Then on 58 minutes the Reds took a well-deserved lead when Broderick released Boyle through the middle and he raced clear before shooting into the top far corner.

Two minutes later Colne had the ball in the net again when Priestley met a Garvin free kick at the far post, only for the goal to be disallowed for off-side.

Boyle continued to terrorise the Maine Road defence and he and Threlfall both had chances which flew narrowly wide.

In the last five minutes the Reds put themselves under undue pressure due to some unnecessary free kicks, but they managed to hang on, and the result was sweet revenge for their 4-1 away defeat two weeks ago.