Colne kept the pressure on NWC Premier Division leaders Runcorn Linnets with a hard fought 3-1 win away at West Didsbury and Chorlton.
The Reds are nine points behind Joey Dunn’s table-toppers with four games in hand, though it could’ve been much tighter but for Antony Hickey’s stoppage time winner against Nelson at the weekend.
On a sticky surface at the Recreation Ground, with heavy rain present before and during the match, conditions weren’t conducive to playing good football but the visitors showed that they were equal to the task and matched their opponents in every department.
Colne took the lead on the quarter-of-an-hour mark with a great build-up by Alex Coleman and Ben Hoskin to release Danny Boyle into the penalty area where he applied a lethal finish to find the bottom corner of the net.
West Didsbury pushed forward at every opportunity and came close several times with Ashley Woods the danger man up front supported by Matthew Kay and Nicolaos Evangelinos.
However, Ed Williams was outstanding at the heart of the Reds defence as he commanded his aerial battles in the goalmouth to ease the pressure.
With half-time approaching, Boyle curled a good shot just past the upright and Hoskin was refused a penalty when he was tripped in the area by a chasing defender.
Five minutes after the interval, the Reds almost doubled their lead when Lee Pugh’s free kick rattled the post which prompted a sustained period of pressure from Steve Cunningham’s side as Jason Hart and Boyle repeatedly opened up the home defence.
And the pressure paid off when Hart raced clear courtesy of a through ball from Chris Anderson and found the net with a low shot through the keeper’s legs for the Reds’ second goal after 61 minutes.
West Didsbury struck back seven minutes later when Woods headed home a high cross to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
Colne were again unlucky to see Simon Nangle’s set-piece hit the woodwork after 70 minutes which left the game finely balanced going into the closing stages. But the Colne defence dug in deep to keep out their determined hosts as they pressed for an equaliser.
The Reds looked for another goal as Spencer Jordan was denied by a good save from the Hayden Buckley-Smith and Kieran Demaine saw his shot deflected wide in a crowded goalmouth from the resulting corner.
Pugh forced another great save from Buckley-Smith after a penetrating run down the left but Kenny Taylor sealed the result with a fine solo effort in injury time when he raced from the halfway line to fire home the Reds third goal in a well deserved win.
On Saturday Colne are away at Abbey Hey before they take on Chorley on Tuesday in the semi-final of the LFA Challenge Trophy at the County Ground, Leyland, with kick-off at 7-45 p.m.