Cunningham’s men maintain push for play-off spot with a win and a draw

Action in the Brighouse Town goalmouth
Action in the Brighouse Town goalmouth
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Four points from six over the week maintained Colne’s play-off push.

On Saturday, the Reds beat Brighouse Town 3-1 at the Utility Renewals Stadium, before they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to a workmanlike Mossley side on Tuesday night.

Jonathan Hodgkinson heads the ball clear

Jonathan Hodgkinson heads the ball clear

Against Mossley, Colne started brightly enough, and Alex Curran forced a good save from Max Povey in the second minute.

Jonathan Hodgkinson had his headed goal ruled out for an infringement from a corner, but after 18 minutes, Matty Morgan gave Colne the lead with a 25-yard shot that found the bottom corner.

Three minutes later, the Reds came close again when Waqas Azam cut in from the right and saw his firmly driven cross knocked behind his own goal by Declan Evans.

Ten minutes before half time, Colne were unlucky not to get a penalty when Ollie Crankshaw was knocked to the ground in the area as he looked for a return ball from Curran, but the referee saw nothing amiss.

Four minutes into the second half, Mossley grabbed an equaliser when a speculative ball into the area fell between two defenders and Mason Duffy took advantage to fire a low shot past Hakan Burton.

As Colne looked to restore their lead, a good run by Azam gave Morgan a sight of goal but his shot flew over the crossbar.

At the other end, a free kick into the area fell to Liam Ellis, and his shot was cleared off the line by Simon Nangle.

Colne still pushed forward and Curran’s shot was deflected inches wide, before Leon Creech’s diagonal shot that flew just past the top corner.

But Mossley looked dangerous in the closing stages and Burton made a great save to keep out a 25-yard pile driver from Duffy before Michael Fish’s hooked shot that was deflected over by Andy Hollins.

On Saturday, Colne took the lead after 15 minutes when Curran rose to head home Lee Pugh’s left wing cross.

Four minutes later, Morgan’s clearance sent Azam away on the right, and Curran found Crankshaw, who cut into the area and finished with an angled shot.

After 62 minutes, Curran was brought down by James Hurtley’s late tackle in the area, and though Curran’s spot kick was saved, he forced the loose ball home.

With five minutes remaining, Brighouse scored a consolation when a corner reached Aaron Martin at the far post and he scored with a low shot.

Tomorrow, Colne are at home to Ossett Town, and travel to Clitheroe on Easter Monday.

DAVE PRIESTLEY