Reds claim their first win at Brig

Ben Wharton scores Colne's opening goal against Ashton  Athletic

Ben Wharton scores Colne's opening goal against Ashton Athletic

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Colne claimed their first three points in the Evo-Stik League on Tuesday night with a 3-1 win at Bamber Bridge courtesy of a greatly improved performance following Saturday’s disappointment.

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Colne claimed their first three points in the Evo-Stik League on Tuesday night at Bamber Bridge with a greatly improved performance following Saturday’s disappointment.

The Reds welcomed Chris Anderson (pictured) back into the team and he was soon involved in the action, seeing his shot blocked in the opening minute after Kenny Taylor and Ben Wharton had opened up the home defence.

Colne always looked confident in the first half, with some sharp passing in midfield and Wharton making his presence felt up front.

At the back, Chris Lynch and Alex Coleman defended well against the threat of Sam Livesey and Alistair Waddecar.

The Reds deservedly took the lead after 22 minutes when Anderson’s quick tackle won the ball from a defender, and Wharton found the top corner of the net with a curling shot over the keeper.

As Bamber Bridge looked for a way back, Livesey came close with a header that flew just wide.

And it was Livesey who grabbed an equaliser after 31 minutes with a run into the area from the left wing and a shot into the bottom corner of the net.

As Bamber Bridge enjoyed a good period of attacking play,

Chris Marlow saw his curling cross strike the crossbar as Tony Aghayere misjudged the flight of the ball just before the interval.

As the second half began, the Reds won a free kick in a dangerous position and Lee Pugh’s perfectly-flighted diagonal ball was headed home by Wharton jumping at the far post to restore the Reds lead at 2-1.

Colne looked to be in control at this stage, but a triple substitution by the home side injected fresh pace into the Bamber Bridge attack.

The Reds defence came under pressure but proved equal to the task with some great tackling and vital clearances from their penalty area.

In the closing stages, Jake Hargreaves almost snatched a third goal for Colne when his angled shot was touched onto the bar by home keeper Marcus Burgess, and Wharton fired just wide of goal from a clear opening created by Hargreaves.

A heart-stopping moment came deep into injury time with a free kick on the edge of the Colne area but the defensive wall stood firm and the Reds rearguard once again did its job with a vital clearance.

Colne are back in action tomorrow when they host 1874 Northwich in an Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round tie, kick-off 3 p.m.

The Reds will travel to either Hyde United or Cammell Laird 1907 in the next round of the cup if they advance past 1874 Northwich, with the tie on Saturday, September 3rd.

DAVE PRIESTLEY