Creditable show from Colne but Reds are knocked out of LFA Trophy by the holders

Colne FC boss Steve Cunningham.
Colne FC boss Steve Cunningham.

Colne went out of the LFA Trophy with a 3-0 semi-final loss against holders Chorley on Wednesday evening at the County Ground at Leyland. despite putting up a creditable show against opponents three leagues above them.

Steve Cunningham’s Reds might have taken an early lead as they had their opponents making some desperate clearances.

But as Chorley settled into the game, Andy Bond delivered some dangerous diagonal balls into the Reds’ penalty area and Jordan Connerton headed just wide of the far post after 16 minutes.

On the half hour, Bond struck a 25-yard free kick on target and Chris Thompson made a superb diving save.

Five minutes later, Thompson again produced a spectacular save to push a looping header from Connerton over the crossbar.

The Reds pushed forward before half-time and Hart’s cross to the far post was headed behind by a defender as Ben Hoskin looked poised to score. And Danny Boyle almost gave the Reds the lead when he turned inside the last defender but saw his shot blocked by the keeper.

Colne began the second half on the attack but fell victim to an unfortunate incident 10 minutes into the half when a hard, driven shot struck a defender’s arm and a penalty was awarded against them. Darren Stephenson converted the spot kick.

On the hour, Colne fell further behind when Kieran Charnock headed home a corner from close range.

And on 75 minutes, Connerton knocked in Chorley’s third goal at the far post from James Dean’s cross.

In the closing stages, Colne were denied a penalty when Dom Craig’s shot was blocked by a defender’s raised arms in the Chorley area.

Tomorrow, Colne are at home to Squires Gate (3 p..m) and travel to Silsden on Tuesday (7-45 p.m.).

DAVE PRIESTLEY