GRACIOUS Colne boss Nigel Coates was alerted to his side’s need of a prolific striker following the 3-0 derby defeat at home to Padiham.
Coates paid homage to the Storks approach to the game at the XLCR Stadium, Holt House, but was left rueing the Reds’ missed opportunities.
“We were just a bit off the pace; they were too quick for us and deserved to beat us,” Coates said.
“Whether the long break had benefitted them or whether they’ve just been working harder than us I don’t know.
“We could have been a couple of goals up at half-time but we were very unfortunate and hit the bar about three times.
“But the lads will bounce back from it, without a doubt.
“We only lost six games in 2010 and we don’t lose that often so hopefully that defeat won’t have knocked their confidence and we can get back to full speed.”
Glossop North End are the visitors to the North West at the weekend, looking for a repeat of the result at the end of November which saw them knock Colne out of the Vodkat League Cup following a 2-1 victory after extra time in a replay. However, Coates admits that the fixture was another occasion where the Reds lacked a ruthless edge in front of goal.
He said: “They put us out of the cup in extra time earlier on in the season so they’ve already beaten us at our place. But we should have been out of sight in that game as well. The problem is we haven’t got an out-and-out goalscorer and at the moment we’re needing to create a lot of chances to get the ball in to the back of the net.
“We should have been 5-0 up at half-time against Glossop in the cup yet it was 0-0. If you don’t take your chances then you give your opponents something to cling on to which is what’s happening.
“If you look at the goalscoring charts in the North West Counties we’ve got nobody in it yet we are 4th in the table. That’s not bad at all and with a goalscorer it could have been so much different.”
But Coates is well aware that tomorrow’s opponent’s won’t be a pushover after coach Steve Young claimed the manager of the month accolade for November and has guided Glossop NE to two consecutive 3-0 wins in recent weeks over Gresley and Formby.
“They are a decent side,” he said. “They always were in a false position; they’d just lost a bit of confidence and had one or two injuries. I expect them to come on strong in the second half of the season. They’ve got a few players we need to be wary of. It will be a tough game but it should be a good game if we play to our potential.”