Colne sign off on home turf

Star man: Tom Berwick receives his NWC Premier Division Player of the Month accolade for March on Saturday ahead of the 2-1 win over Bootle

Star man: Tom Berwick receives his NWC Premier Division Player of the Month accolade for March on Saturday ahead of the 2-1 win over Bootle

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Colne rounded off their home fixtures with four points from two games.

On Saturday, the Reds enjoyed a 2-1 win against Bootle, before a 1-1 draw with Bacup and Rossendale on Wednesday night.

Against Bacup, the Reds might have taken an early lead when Jason Hart went past keeper Chris Petroll but shot across the face of goal from the narrowest of angles.

Hart was again denied after 18 minutes when Petroll pushed his chip over the bar.

But at the other end, Daniel Cocks forced a great save from Chris Thompson with an angled shot.

Colne made the breakthrough after 39 minutes when Ed Williams did well to get past a defender on the right and gave Luke McVarish the chance to find Hart to the left of goal, where he blasted an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

Hart had another chance on the stroke of half-time from a free kick just outside the area but Petroll saved his shot at the foot of the post.

As the second half began, Adrian Bellamy had a shot deflected wide of the Colne goal, before Hart pulled a first-time shot just wide.

Bellamy squandered a number of chances to equalise, but found his shooting boots after 78 minutes when a long ball allowed him to slip past two defenders and force the ball past Thompson.

The Reds kept up the pressure in the closing minutes, but Bacup held on for a deserved draw.

On Saturday, McVarish set up Hart for a shot which tested the visitors’ keeper after 20 minutes.

And just after the half hour, Tom Berwick made a run from the right of midfield, and his cross field pass fell perfectly for Hart to fire home a left-foot shot to give Colne the lead.

Within minutes, the Reds lead might have been doubled as Stevie Cassidy outpaced the defence and his firm shot was pushed away by Bootle keeper David Moran.

But at the other end, Thompson pulled out a great save to push a 25-yard shot from Tom Peterson over just before half-time.

Bootle levelled after 50 minutes from a corner when William Smart found the net with a glancing header at the near post.

But Colne restored their what proved to be the winner five minutes later when Chris Anderson’s angled shot came back off the far post and Nathan Bond fired home the rebound.

Tomorrow, the Reds bring their campaign to a close when they travel to take on fourth-place Runcorn Town, kick-off 3 p.m.