Colne FC Reserves take league title

editorial image

Colne Reserves clinched the Galaxy Lancashire League title with a resounding 7-1 win over Lancaster City at the XLCR Stadium on Monday night.

The Reds took the lead with their first attack of the game when Stevie Cassidy lobbed the ball over City keeper Adam Bee.

Colne had to defend as Lancaster forced a series of corners at the other end looking for an equaliser, but the Reds always looked likely to add to their lead.

And after 26 minutes, Jason Hart ’s shot from the edge of the area was pushed on to the post by Bee, and Ted Cockett nipped in to fire home the rebound.

As the Reds pushed forward, Bradley Cookson flashed a shot just wide and Lee Barrett crashed the ball against the post as he met Hart’s low cross.

After 35 minutes, Hart found the net with a 25-yard free kick just inside the near post to give Colne a three-goal lead.

On the stroke of half-ime, Ashley Brierley supplied a low cross from the right wing for Cassidy to fire home and give the Reds a four-goal lead at the interval.

Two minutes after half-time, Hart made himself a chance as he cut in from the left wing and slotted past the keeper at the near post.

Four minutes later, Cassidy’s diagonal shot came back off the far post and after Cockett’s follow up had been blocked, Barrett fired home to stretch the lead to six.

Hart was denied twice by good saves by Bee , but after 67 minutes, Hart who released Alex Grice on the left and his low cross was fired home by Cassidy to complete his hat-trick.

Four minutes later, City grabbed a consolation goal when Cameron Holmes scored with a well-timed header from a corner.

The Reds will be presented with the trophy at tomorrow’s home game against Stockport County Reserves, kick-off 1 p.m.

DAVE PRIESTLEY

l Commercial Old Boys beat Rainford 5-1 on Sunday to reach the final of the National Veterans’ Championship.

The locals will face opponents to be confirmed at Lilleshall on May 31st.

Paul Sconce hit a hat-trick to add to a brace from Jimmy McMahon.

The Old Boys will take a coach to the final, and to book, call 07932 654046.