Colne end on high note with win at Runcorn Town

Player manager: Steve Cunningham led by example
Player manager: Steve Cunningham led by example
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Colne finished the season on a high with an excellent away win against fourth place Runcorn Town on Saturday.

The Reds opened brightly and played some good football passing the ball around and keeping possession.

Tom Berwick forced a good save from Runcorn keeper Stuart Plant with a free kick after Andy Tinker was brought down on the edge of the penalty area on 11 minutes.

But Plant was beaten after 14 minutes when Chris Anderson’s through ball released Jason Hart into the area, and he found the net with a low diagonal shot into the far corner to put the Reds in front.

As Colne pressed home their advantage, Simon Nangle saw his chip fly just over the bar in a series of good attacks.

But Runcorn won a free kick after 22 minutes on the edge of the area and Daniel Toone struck a perfectly judged curling shot over the defensive wall and into the top corner of the net for the equaliser.

Runcorn pushed forward and came close when Paul Shanley struck the outside of the post with his shot from inside the area, and Chris Thompson made some fine saves under pressure in his goalmouth.

But at the other end Plant pulled out two good saves just before half time to keep his side level when he pushed a header by Hart over the bar, before producing an equally good save to keep out Jonathan Hodgkinson’s header from the resulting corner.

Four minutes into the second half, Colne regained their lead when Anderson again released Hart into the area and the Reds striker tucked his shot past Plant from close range.

Colne might have gone further ahead on the hour when Adam Stockdale found space on the right wing, and his low cross into the area just eluded Hart in front of goal.

Runcorn sent on fresh legs from the subs bench and threw everything at the Colne goal, but Thompson looked unbeatable between the sticks, making a series of outstanding saves.

Player-manager Steve Cunningham led by example as Colne matched their opponents with some outstanding football, and competed strongly to the final whistle to earn a well-deserved and memorable win.

It was a fitting end to a season of highs and lows where Colne have seen new manager Cunningham come in and inject fresh ideas and enthusiasm into the club.

Everyone involved is looking forward to an exciting and hopefully successful campaign next season.