Colne continued their climb up the table with a resounding 5-2 win at St Helens Town on Saturday, thanks to a hat-trick for Spencer Jordan and goals from Andy Tinker and Danny Boyle.
Both teams took time to settle in the wet conditions before the Reds took the lead after 24 minutes when Jordan fired home after Boyle’s shot had come back off Saints keeper Rory Crowther.
Three minutes later, Boyle was again the provider when he made another good run on the right and his low cross gave Tinker the chance to double Colne’s lead with a simple shot at the far post.
St Helens had their claims for a penalty for hand ball waved aside on the half hour but two minutes later were awarded a spot kick for an innocuous tackle, and Chad Whyte duly converted.
Colne restored their two-goal cushion within four minutes of the restart of the second half when Jordan raced clear on a through ball and confidently slotted it past Crowther.
After 55 minutes the keeper turned Tinker’s shot round the post and from the corner, Jordan completed his hat-trick when he was quick to react in a crowded goalmouth and fired home from a narrow angle for Colne’s fourth goal.
On the hour, Boyle added the Reds fifth goal when Anderson provided the through ball and Boyle chipped it over the keeper.
St Helens frustration showed when Ryan Duffy was sent off for his second yellow card, but the hosts scored a consolation goal in injury time when Bell reduced the arrears for a final scoreline of 5-2.
Colne now face two tough games starting on Saturday at home to Glossop NE (kick-off 3 p.m.), before they travel to Squires Gate on Tuesday.