Colne’s 10-match winning run came to an end on Tuesday night when the Reds went down by the odd goal in five at Ashton Athletic.
The home side took the lead in the first minute. Colne only half cleared a corner, and when the ball was returned into the area, Luke Holden nodded into the top corner.
Colne were level three minutes later when Joe Garvin spotted keeper Jason Foulds out of position and found the net with a left foot shot from fully 45 yards.
But after eight minutes, Paul Watson forced the ball home from six yards after Isaac Kusaloka and Adam Gilchrist had stretched the Colne defence with crosses from both wings.
The Reds again looked likely to find an equaliser but Garvin pulled his shot wide of the far post after Chris Anderson’s enterprising run, and Kieran Demaine had his shot blocked from Danny Boyle’s cross.
Ashton’s frontrunners always looked dangerous and Gilchrist fired home their third goal from Kusaloka’s cross after 38 minutes.
On the stroke of half-time, Spencer Jordan forced a good save from Foulds with a diagonal shot after turning between two defenders.
Colne came out for the second half with more attacking ideas, and after 51 minutes Demaine’s diagonal ball fell perfectly for Boyle to find the net with a shot from the edge of the area.
The Reds pushed forward in search of an equaliser but Garvin’s pile driver of a free kick was pushed over by Foulds, and Boyle lifted his shot over from a great opening created by Jordan.
In the end, time ran out for Colne, and they will put this defeat behind them at Nelson tonight.
On Saturday, the Reds won 1-0 at West Didsbury and Chorlton.
Colne were given no time or space in the first half as the home side competed well.
Early in the second half, the hosts threatened through Daniel Russell and Gary Lilley, but the Reds took control and began to carve out the better chances.
Colne hit the winner after 66 minutes when a half cleared corner reached Garvin, whose 25-yard shot struck the post and Alex Coleman fired home.
Colne host Winsford on Tueday, kick-off 7-45 p.m.