Bumper gate sees Reds push Salford City all the way

FOOTBALL ACTION'Colne FC (red kit) take on Salford City FC (white kit) in a pre-season friendly held at Colne FC's XLCR Stadium, Colne.'Colne FC goalkeeper Chris Thompson, couldn't keep Salford's Danny Warrinder ball from hitting the back of the net.
FOOTBALL ACTION'Colne FC (red kit) take on Salford City FC (white kit) in a pre-season friendly held at Colne FC's XLCR Stadium, Colne.'Colne FC goalkeeper Chris Thompson, couldn't keep Salford's Danny Warrinder ball from hitting the back of the net.

After a 2-1 defeat to Salford City in front of a bumper home crowd on Saturday, Colne earned a 1-1 draw at Thackley on Tuesday night.

Colne welcomed Salford City, owned by the Class of 92 to the XLCR Stadium on Saturday and were rewarded by a crowd of around 400.

Sam Madeley gave Salford the lead with a close range header after only six minutes when he homed in on a diagonal free kick into the Colne goalmouth.

Madeley scored again after 14 minutes to double the lead with a good run and finish.

Chris Thompson made a great save to keep out Ashley Dunn’s shot after 20 minutes, but five minutes later Colne made inroads into the visitors defence, when Tom Berwick’s free kick found Ted Cockett at the far post and his close range shot was deflected for a corner.

And Berwick almost caught out Salford keeper Andy Robertson with a 35-yard lob that he turned over the bar with a spectacular one-handed save.

Colne began the second half on the attack and had their reward after 54 minutes, when Simon Nangle found the net with a curling free kick.

The Reds enjoyed plenty of possession and created a series of promising attacks. An outstanding save by City keeper Andy Robertson was made to keep out Brandon Barski’s shot after 80 minutes to preserve his side’s lead and earn a deserved win for Salford City.

Colne then secured a 1-1 draw in their fourth friendly at Northern Counties East Premier Division Thackley.

Both sides tested each other out in the first half.

Danny Boyle saw his shot blocked in the penalty area after Jason Hart opened up the home defence, and Kieran Demaine saw his shot deflected wide.

And Jonathan Hodgkinson was denied a goal when his powerful header from a corner was turned over the bar.

Both sides stepped up the pace in the second half and Colne looked impressive as they kept possession well. The Reds made the breakthrough after 70 minutes when Boyle supplied a great through ball for Hart, who stepped inside two defenders and found the bottom corner.

Three minutes later, Boyle was pulled back by a defender in the area, but keeper Ivan Willis got down well to save Boyle’s penalty.

Thackley levelled after 76 minutes when Luke Rhodes blasted a diagonal shot into the net off the far post.

The Reds travel to play Clitheroe tomorrow at Shawbridge, kick-off 3 p.m.

Nelson, meanwhile, went down 5-0 at home to Conference North AFC Fylde on Tuesday night, the returning Richie Allen scoring twice.

The Blues host Accrington Stanley tomorrow (kick-off 3 p.m.).

Barnoldswick Town lost 5-4 at Oxenhope in their first friendly on Saturday.