Reds back up to second after hard-fought victory

Jason Hart
Jason Hart

Colne moved into second place in the league with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Maine Road at the XLCR Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Reds once again came good in the second half and took all three points thanks to goals from Jason Hart and Ben Hoskin.

The first half was a fast and furious affair, with both sides pushing forward at every opportunity.

Spencer Jordan fired just over the visitors’ goal after a promising move involving Michael Morrison and Joe Gaughan early on.

And Colne almost took the lead on the half hour when Hoskin’s glancing header clipped the top of the crossbar, with Maine Road keeper Ryan Livesey stranded.

A quick break by Matthew Morgan looked dangerous until Ed Williams ushered the visitors’ striker wide and won the ball with a determined tackle.

And Williams linked well with Chris Anderson to provide a shooting opportunity for Kenny Taylor just before the interval, which unfortunately flew just over the bar.

An injury to Jordan saw the introduction of Hart from the bench.

And he gave the Reds the lead just four minutes into the second half when he cut in from the left wing and beat the keeper with a low shot, which a despairing defender could only help into the net.

The end-to-end action continued, with Hart having more shots blocked, while Martin Hill blasted just over the Colne crossbar.

After 67 minutes, Anderson’s diagonal run and pass found Hoskin in the penalty area, and he turned past the last defender before shooting inside the near post to double the Reds lead.

Colne still needed to defend their lead in the closing stages, as Michael Burke made some good runs down the left wing, and when his angled shot was palmed away by Chris Thompson, Williams made a vital clearance off Morgan’s toes on the six-yard line.

Although it was not an overwhelming victory, the Reds did enough to deserve the points and keep the pressure on their rivals at the top of the league.

Colne now sit five points behind leaders Runcorn Linnets with three games in hand, while they are a point clear of Atherton Collieries, having played a game less.

The Reds take a break from league action tomorrow when they welcome Eccleshall to the XLCR Stadium in the quarter -inal of the North West Counties League Men United Cup, before they travel to Atherton Collieries on Monday night in a vital league game.

DAVE PRIESTLEY