Colne stretch unbeaten run

Ted Crockett
Ted Crockett

Colne extended their unbeaten run to four games with a well deserved draw at Flixton on Wednesday night.

Despite being without several regulars, the Reds turned in a battling display and could easily have had all three points on the balance of play.

Colne bossed the opening stages of the game and Mark Threlfall saw his angled shot blocked by Flixton keeper James Jowsey, with no team-mate able to force the rebound home.

Although the Reds were in control, they failed to find a good finish to their promising approach work.

And they were punished after 20 minutes by a Flixton goal against the run of play.

Aaron Hevingham made a good run into the area, and his miss-hit shot turned into a perfect cross for Astley Mulholland, who knocked the ball home at the far post.

Six minutes later, Danny Boyle almost levelled when his dipping shot was turned over the bar by Jowsey.

From the resulting corner, the ball was only half cleared, and, after a succession of shots were blocked in the crowded goalmouth, Threlfall found the net with a low angled drive.

As the Reds continued to pressurise the home goal, they were denied what looked an obvious penalty when Billy Priestley was clattered from behind in the area.

As the second half began, Colne were caught cold when Brian Matthews cut in from the left wing and found the net with a 20-yard shot that went in off the post.

But the Reds hit back just two minutes later when Ted Cockett exchanged passes with Threlfall before beating Jowsey with a well-placed angled shot.

Colne continued to produce some good build-ups through their creative midfield, but the home defence survived a series of scares.

As the game reached its closing stages, it became end-to-end, and Jamie Scott needed to produce an excellent save to block a powerful shot at his near post.

Within a minute, James Crorken saw his shot turned over the bar by a spectacular save from Jowsey as both sides went all out for a winner.

On Saturday, the Reds left it late to register their third-successive win with a 3-2 victory at home to Runcorn Linnets.

In the first half the Reds struggled to clear their lines, and the ball kept coming back too easily. On five minutes they had Scott to thank for keeping the score level when he leapt to tip a dipping shot over the bar.

Then, against the run of play, on 25 minutes Crorken latched onto a loose clearance by the Runcorn defence and volleyed the ball into the top corner with the keeper left helpless.

Minutes later Runcorn looked certain to equalise when Robert Whyte broke clear, only to be denied by a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Priestley.

But on 44 minutes Runcorn were level when Lewis Savva’s shot was well saved by Scott, but dropped kindly to Paul Prescott for a tap-in.

The Reds made a better start to the second half, with Threlfall and Boyle both coming close in the opening minutes. Colne were now having their fair share of possession, but they were still being let down by a poor last ball.

And on 56 minutes the Reds fell behind when Whyte was given too much time and space and allowed to deliver a deep cross to Prescott, who headed home unmarked at the far post.

The goal sparked the Reds back into action and they inserted more urgency into their play.

Joe Garvin and Neil Stansfield both had good efforts saved after good work in midfield by Martin Broderick.

On 68 minutes Colne got a well-deserved equaliser when Cockett picked out Stansfield, whose looping header dropped into the far corner.

The Reds continued to pressure the Runcorn defence in search of a winning goal. Andy Tinker showed good feet down the left and played in Threlfall, whose good effort was well saved by Eastham. Garvin then broke through to the bye-line and chipped to an unmarked Threlfall, but his header dipped over the bar.

But on 85 minutes Threlfall made no mistake when Stansfield worked a clever opening and played the ball square for a simple tap in.

Colne travel to Congleton today before entertaining league leaders New Mills at the XLCR Stadium on Tuesday night, kick-off 8 p.m.

Final Score: Flixton 2, Colne 2