Crorken nets late winner for Colne after Thompson heroics

Late winner: James Crorken scored the decisive goal at the death for Colne
Late winner: James Crorken scored the decisive goal at the death for Colne

Two penalty saves by Colne keeper Chris Thompson sparked a dramatic late comeback that saw the Reds snatch all three points in a seven-goal thriller at the XLCR Stadium on Saturday.

Colne got off to a great start and took the lead after only three minutes when Ted Cockett turned in a low cross from Mark Coyne at the near post.

But Alsager levelled matters on 14 minutes when Jed Davies saw his shot deflected past a wrong-footed Thompson.

Colne pressed forward looking to restore their lead and only a timely tackle by Aaron Best denied Cockett as he bore down on goal. Adam Stockdale curled an angled shot just past the far post and Jimmy Crorken’s free kick was only just off target.

The Reds deservedly regained the lead after 35 minutes when Crorken’s through ball released Coyne, who scored with a cool finish.

Five minutes later, Colne had a let off when Chris Smith gave home defenders the slip and saw his shot hit the post.

Alsager were awarded a penalty in the first minute of the second half when Thompson brought Chris Lunn down just inside the area, but he made amends when he dived to his left to save Chris Smith’s spot kick.

However, the visitors equalised five minutes later when Smith scored an opportunist goal after Thompson had made yet another good save.

Colne fought to stem the tide and Mickey Woodvine made a great solo run from the halfway line, beating defenders before shooting wide inside the area. And Alex Grice created a series of openings from the left wing.

But after 64 minutes, Alsager took a 3-2 lead when central defender Dean Smith fired in from a half clearance following a corner.

Jason Hart joined the game from the bench and immediately he tested the keeper with a rising shot. Andy Tinker was also introduced and saw his diagonal shot fly past the far post, before both he and Marc Young had shots blocked.

The game seemed to be slipping away from Colne when, on 88 minutes, the visitors were awarded their second penalty of the game. But again Thompson dived to his left to hold on to the ball from Chris Smith’s spot kick and then released the ball quickly with a long kick up field. Hart raced away and fired home to equalise.

And in injury time, Crorken fired home a low shot to win it amid incredible scenes.

The Reds are without a game tomorrow.