Colne slid to defeat in the Holt House mud at the XLCR Stadium against Glossop North End on Saturday.
Despite Nigel Coates fielding a reshuffled team, there was little improvement from the Padiham game and the Reds had no bite in the opposition penalty area.
It could have been a different story if Matt Tindall had taken an early chance when Bright Maduka’s clever flick on sent him clear, but he pulled his shot across the face of goal with only the keeper to beat.
At this stage, things looked promising for Colne, but once again they lost their way as the game went on.
Glossop came more into the game, and Billy Priestley made a last-ditch tackle on the edge of the area to stop Alex Elliott breaking clear. The Colne defence was tested by raids on both wings by the lively Glossop attack, with Darren Hamilton and David Bradburn having efforts just off target.
The Reds still held the upper hand and might have made the breakthrough just before half-time with a period of pressure, but a series of free kicks around the Glossop penalty area came to nothing.
As the second half began, Glossop went on the attack and Elliott struck the post with his angled shot. Minutes later, Colne keeper Andy Moore did well to fist away a dangerous cross from Jason Gorton’s head, but was then relieved to see Elliott’s follow up shot deflected wide.
On the hour, a good break by the Reds saw Tindall tackled in the penalty area, and Liam Goggin’s follow up cross was cleared from the goalmouth. But, as play again switched to the other end, Hamilton’s shot came back off the post and Elliott fired in the rebound to give Glossop the lead.
As Colne tried to hit back, Tindall’s dipping cross just cleared the far post, and, in Colne’s best chance of the second half, Danny Boyle (pictured) saw his close range shot turned wide by keeper Ashley Frith from Ted Cockett’s through ball.
The Glossop defence conceded a series of free kicks under pressure, but Colne were unable to take advantage.
After 79 minutes, Richard Johnson’s tackle stopped Luke Pearson’s run at the expense of a corner but, when the ball was crossed into the goalmouth, nobody picked up Bradburn who scored with a simple header to double Glossop’s lead.
On 88 minutes, Cockett’s free kick into the visitors’ goalmouth was meant for Priestley’s head, but the ball appeared to be knocked away by a defender’s hand, but Colne’s pleas for a penalty went unheeded by the referee.
With the game well into injury time, Glossop added a third goal when Bradburn passed the ball low across the Colne goalmouth for Pearson to fire home at the far post.
Tuesday night’s scheduled game against Squires Gate was postponed due to Squires Gate having an FA Cup replay.
Tomorrow, Colne travel to Holker Old Boys in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round (kick-off 3 p.m.), and on Tuesday night are scheduled to play at derby rivals Barnoldswick Town (kick-off 7-45 p.m.), barring replays in the FA Vase.
Final Score: Colne 0, Glossop NE 3