Reds come from behind to see off Accrington

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In front of a crowd of almost 450 at the XLCR Stadium on Wednesday night, Colne came from 3-1 down to beat Accrington Stanley 4-3 in an enthralling friendly.

Before the game Danny Boyle was presented with the Golden Boot award from the North West Counties League for finishing as top scorer in the Premier Division with 40 goals.

Colne made the breakthrough after 24 minutes when Spencer Jordan broke clear on the right and his cross was knocked home by Accrington-born Jason Hart at the far post.

But Accrington levelled after 32 minutes when Keelan Steenson found the top corner of the net with a vicious free kick.

Seven minutes later, Max Hazeldine fired a piledriver into the roof of his net to give the visitors the lead.

And a minute later, Stanley stretched their lead further when Hazeldine found himself in the clear and chipped the ball past Chris Thompson.

On the hour, the Reds reduced the arrears when Boyle beat the keeper with a low shot from a trademark run.

Joe Garvin grabbed the equaliser with an unstoppable left foot shot after 66 minutes, and Boyle scored the winner after 79 minutes with a diagonal shot into the top corner.

Colne’s pre-season scheduled started on Saturday with a 3-2 win at Longridge, courtesy of goals from Garvin, Hart and Jonathan Hodgkinson.

Nelson started their pre-season campaign on Tuesday night at West Lancashire League Premier Division side Coppull United.

A side including eight trialists fell behind when Lewis Grimshaw muscled his way clear and fired past Ben Woodhead.

Just before the break Peter Wright latched onto a parry from the home keeper to equalise from a tight angle.

The second half saw several Nelson changes and the Blues went ahead on 54 minutes as Adam Nuttall to finish clinically after good work from a trialist.

Coppull earned a draw when Ryan Brooks squared to Steven Lynch, who expertly finished past a trialist goalkeeper.

The Admirals are next in action tomorrow at Holker Old Boys, before they also host Accrington Stanley on Wednesday night (kick-off 7-45 p.m.).

Barnoldswick Town, meanwhile, begin their preparations on July 16th at Burnley United. Town host FC United on the 23rd (7-30 p.m.).