Colne went down to a 3-2 defeat on Saturday in a dramatic second half turn-around at Tadcaster Albion after taking a two-goal lead.
The Reds were depleted by injuries to Hakan Burton, Lee Pugh, Waqas Azam and Danny Wilkins, and found it hard to get a grip on the game in the first half.
Colne started brightly enough with Lee Gaskell and Alex Curran making good runs up front, but Tadcaster enjoyed most of the possession and forced the Reds to defend for long periods.
Cameron Murray shot wide from a glorious opportunity when a cross was headed down to him in the area after 24 minutes, and a series of corners were cleared by the Reds defence under pressure.
Colne keeper Matthew Green made a great save to keep out a goal-bound shot by Aiden Savory as the Reds weathered the storm.
After 37 minutes, Colne won a corner at the other end in a rare attack and Lawrence Hunter’s superb inswinging corner kick caught out Tadcaster keeper Louis Jones, who could only help the ball into his own net at full stretch, under pressure from Mark Ayres, as the Reds took an unexpected lead.
Colne were lifted by the goal and began the second half with some promising attacking play, and doubled their lead on the hour when Spencer Jordan’s through ball released Curran, who placed his shot past the keeper with a cool finish.
Tadcaster came back strongly and just four minutes later Conor Sellars’ free kick came back off the post and was played across the area, where Chris Howarth blasted the ball into the top corner of the net to reduce the arrears.
Tadcaster stepped up the pressure, and 10 minutes later a high cross from the wing was headed into the top corner of the Colne net by Savory to level the scores at 2-2.
Colne tried to restore their lead but Jordan’s shot was pushed round the post by home keeper Jones and after 77 minutes, and it was Tadcaster who went in front when Tom Corner gave them the lead with a 20-yard shot that stung the fingers of Green on its way into the net.
A late rally by Colne, in which shots by Gaskell and Hunter were blocked in the penalty area, failed to produce an equaliser as Tadcaster were in no mood to let the lead slip and defended strongly to the end.
Colne’s scheduled home game to Hyde United on Tuesday night was postponed due their opponents being involved in an FA Cup replay.
Tomorrow, Colne travel to Glossop North End, who have started the season well, with a 3 p.m. kick-off.