Ramsbottom United 4, Colne 0

EFFORT BLOCKED: Michael Cruz
EFFORT BLOCKED: Michael Cruz
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COLNE crashed out of the FA Vase with a disappointing defeat at Ramsbottom United on Saturday.

The Reds fell behind after only two minutes when Jamie Scott’s attempted clearance was charged down by Lee Gaskell, who then chipped the ball over the keeper, and, despite Billy Priestley hooking it off the goalline, the referee’s assistant gave the goal.

Colne worked hard to put the setback behind them and Joe Garvin prompted some good attacks, with Mark Threlfall making good runs up front.

But after 15 minutes, Ramsbottom came close to a second goal when Bernard Morley’s header from a free kick flashed inches wide of the post.

After 20 minutes, Threlfall beat several defenders on his run toward goal, but his shot was blocked, and Sam Hayes failed to find the target with the follow-up.

As play switched to the other end, Scott needed to rush from his area to tackle Phil Dean as he broke clear on Ramsbottom’s left wing.

And on the half hour, Scott was again in action when he pulled off a great save to turn Dominic Smalley’s close range shot over the bar.

In the period leading up to half-time, Colne had most of the attacking play and Steve Moore saw his shot blocked at the near post from Threlfall’s pass from the right wing.

And a series of good crosses into the home goalmouth kept the Ramsbottom defence under pressure.

But the Rams defended well and the Reds were unable to find the finishing touch they needed to level the scores.

In the second half, Colne began brightly with further pressure on the home goal but their hopes were dealt a severe blow after 51 minutes when Kieran Pickup beat the offside trap and doubled Ramsbottom’s lead with a low shot past Scott.

Colne pressed forward still looking for a goal, but high crosses were repeatedly headed away by the tall figure of Ian Flannery in the home defence.

And Michael Cruz saw his goalbound shot blocked after a good move by the Reds midfield.

Jimmy Crorken provided the best chance of the game with his diagonal cross from the left wing which dipped at the far post, but both Moore and Danny Boyle were inches away from connecting as they dived in.

On the hour, Ted Cockett embarked on a promising run but lifted his shot over the bar from a good position.

However Colne were caught out after 66 minutes when Pickup spotted Scott off his line and lobbed the ball over his head to give Ramsbottom a three-goal lead.

Despite sending on all three subs, Colne’s attacks still made little impression as they fought to salvage something out of the game. And they conceded a fourth goal after 81 minutes when Dean found the net with a 25-yard shot.

Colne are at home to Ashton Athletic on Saturday in the League Challenge Cup second round (3 p.m.) and are at home again on Tuesday to Squires Gate in the league (7-45 p.m.).