Double defeat on the Fylde Coast for Colne

Jason Hart put Colne ahead in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Squires Gate
Jason Hart put Colne ahead in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Squires Gate

Colne suffered two away defeats over the week, going down 2-1 at Squires Gate on Saturday, before a 3-0 loss at in-form AFC Blackpool on Tuesday.

On Tuesday night, James Walker created the first chance for Blackpool when he played in Grant Dell, but he pulled his shot across goal.

At the other end, Jason Hart saw his long range effort fly wide of the mark.

But on 25 minutes, Colne were guilty of poor defending when Adam Heaney rose unmarked to head home Matthew Muscroft’s free kick off the underside of the crossbar to give Blackpool the lead.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, and Blackpool began the second half playing long wind-assisted balls up to their speedy forwards.

On 60 minutes the ploy almost paid dividends but Dell’s shot was turned away to safety by the agile Chris Thompson.

On the counter attack Hart did well to retain possession before seeing his shot fly narrowly wide.

On 70 minutes Colne were again guilty of poor marking when Walker latched onto a loose ball and was allowed to run 25 yards without a challenge before firing into the bottom far corner.

Five minutes later, to Dell’s amazement, he found himself unmarked in the area and stabbed at the ball which hit a post and rebounded over the line to make the scoreline 3-0.

On Saturday at Squires Gate, the Reds did not get off to the best of starts with Jack Sowerby and Seydou Bamba both coming close to opening the scoring for the Gate in the first five minutes.

But against the run of play Colne took the lead on 10 minutes when Richard Johnson’s pass picked out Hart who fired home from 35 yards.

Colne continued to threaten with Hart and Mickey Woodvine coming close to increasing their lead but as the half progressed, Squires Gate began to push them further back.

In the second half Colne began to up the tempo with Woodvine and Hart combining well but Hart’s shot lacked power.

Then Ed Williams played a great ball over the Gate’s defence but Woodvine’s first time volley whistled over.

Colne’s best chance fell to Fowler who was first to react to O’Neill’s free kick but with only the keeper to beat, headed over the bar.

Colne were made to pay the price for their missed chances on 70 minutes when Ben Fishwick equalised after good work by Craig Carney.

And three minutes later Andrew Harvie fired the winner when he cut inside from the left and fired home into the bottom far corner.

Tomorrow Colne are without a game but they face neighbours Nelson in the Lancashire Trophy on Wednesday at Victoria Park.