Colne exit league cup at quarter-final stage

The North West Counties Football League Premier Division Men United Cup Quarter Final Colne (Red) V Atherton Collieries (Blue).'Pictured is Colne's Kieran Demaine with Atherton's Josh Messer.'14th February 2015
The North West Counties Football League Premier Division Men United Cup Quarter Final Colne (Red) V Atherton Collieries (Blue).'Pictured is Colne's Kieran Demaine with Atherton's Josh Messer.'14th February 2015

Colne’s winning run came to and end after losing 2-0 to Atherton Collieries in the Men United NWC League Cup quarter final on Saturday.

After scoring eight goals in their two previous games, the Reds were shut out.

Manager Steve Cunningham, was very disappointed with the result and felt his team could have gone on and won the competition.

He said: “Having not played in three weeks, I think we just lacked intensity, we were second to every ball and conceded two sloppy goals.

“It was a competition that I feel we could have gone on and won, 100%, which is why we are so disappointed.”

Despite top-goal-scorer Danny Boyle not scoring in his last three games, Cunningham knows he will get back to his best soon.

“Danny is superb, he creates loads of chances and is our most creative player in the team.”

Colne will now focus there attentions on their upcoming league game tomorrow against Ashton Athletic, and Cunningham is hoping to things right after his team’s cup exit.

“If we are on form then it will be a great opportunity for us to put right Saturday’s result.

“We have six games in hand over Ashton so a win will get us back in the running.”

Colne.....................................0

Atherton Collieries...............2

Colne slipped to defeat at the XLCR Stadium on Saturday against a well-organised Atherton Collieries side in the Men United NWC League Cup.

The Reds opened brightly, but having weathered the storm, Colls came back strongly and on 26 minutes, Mark Battersby’s header struck the underside of the bar and bounced down on theline before being hacked clear.

With the game evenly balanced at half-time, the Reds began the second half on the attack but Atherton took the lead from a corner kick on the hour when central defender Mark Ayres forced the ball home.

Atherton then caught the Reds on the break after 70 minutes when Ben Hardcastle found plenty of room on the right for a cross, and the unfortunate Jonathan Hodgkinson deflected the ensuing shot into his own goal.

Two minutes later, Colne were thrown a lifeline when Chris Anderson was brought down in the area, but Boyle’s spot kick was superbly saved.

Colne are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Brocstedes Park to play Ashton Athletic in the NWC Premier Division, kick-off 3 p.m.

Report by Dave Priestley