Reds are knocked out of the FA Vase in extra time

Chris Thompson receiving the keeper of the month award for October from NWCFL official Ian Williams before Saturday's game (s).
Chris Thompson receiving the keeper of the month award for October from NWCFL official Ian Williams before Saturday's game (s).

Colne went out of the FA Vase in a dramatic eight-goal thriller against Newton Aycliffe at the XLCR Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead after 11 minutes when Stuart Banks was tripped in the Colne area, and Dennis Knight fired home the resulting penalty.

The Reds came back strongly and had a great chance to level the scores after 36 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for a hand ball in the Newton area.

But visitors’ keeper James Winter made a great save to turn Danny Boyle’s spot kick round the post and deny them a goal.

As the Reds continued to attack, Chris Anderson saw his goalbound shot pushed round the post by the keeper, before Michael Morrison fired just over the bar from the resulting corner.

Just before the half-time whistle, a lapse in the Reds defence gave Knight the opportunity for a run at the Colne goal, and he slipped the ball past the Chris Thompson to double Aycliffe’s lead.

Colne pressed forward in the second half and deservedly pulled a goal back on the hour when Boyle fired home a shot on the turn from just inside the area.

But the Reds were stunned when Newton scored again in their next attack when Banks found the net with a diagonal shot just inside the far post to restore the visitors’ two-goal cushion at 3-1.

Colne continued to push forward and won another penalty after 76 minutes for a hand ball incident, allowing Jason Hart to fire home the spot kick to bring them within one goal of the visitors at 3-2.

Ben Allen joined the Reds attack from the substutute’s bench to increase the pressure, and Colne levelled the scores at 3-3 on 82 minutes when Anderson headed home a long free kick at the far post.

But despite continued pressure, the Reds could not find a winner and the game went to extra time.

Two minutes into the added period, Aycliffe restored their lead with a disputed penalty which Knight again fired home.

Colne threw everything at the visitors’ goal in an effort to find another equaliser, but Winter made incredible saves to keep out shots by Hart and Kenny Taylor as the Reds bombarded his goal.

And Newton made the game safe five minutes from the end when Alan Harrison found the top corner of the net with a chip from outside the area to make it 5-3 and send his side through to the next round.

Tuesday night’s game at Holker Old Boyd was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

It has now been rearranged for Wednesday, at Holker, with an 8 p.m. kick-off.

In the meantime, tomorrow Colne travel to Squires Gate in the Men United Cup (kick-off 3 p.m.) before travelling to play Atherton Collieries in the league on Monday evening, with a 7-45 p.m. kick-off.

Already the fixtures are mounting up following the bad weather, with, potentially, three games in five days.

DAVE PRIESTLEY