Former Barnoldswick Town striker Joe Gaughan netted twice to sink his old club as Colne came out on top in the local derby at the XLCR Stadium on Tuesday night.
In the opening stages, Barnoldswick took the game to Colne, but the Reds young keeper Tony Aghayere, on loan from Burnley, took the sting out of their attacks with some confident handling in his goalmouth.
Town, playing down the slope were denied when Michael Morrison bundled Matthew Simpson over 25 yards out from goal, and Ben Gorman’s free kick went straight at Aghayere.
In a Colne attack, Elliott Firth had to make a timely challenge to clear for a corner.
Andrew Tinker took the flag kick, with George Melling heading just over the bar.
Town immediately broke clear through Matthew Simpson, but he dragged his shot past the post.
Just after the quarter hour mark, Chris Anderson tried a shot from the corner of the area, and Jordan Gidley saved at the expense of another corner.
From the corner, the ball was only partially cleared to Anderson, who shot just wide of the post.
Town continued to press and Simpson saw his shot cleared for a corner.
Arley Barnes took the corner, finding Firth running unmarked, and his fierce header was inches too high.
As Colne settled into the game, Kenny Taylor flashed an angled shot just over the bar and Andy Tinker saw his cross from the bye-line cleared from the Town goalmouth by James Crorken.
Colne almost took the lead after 24 minutes when Jason Hart struck a great shot on the turn which came back off the far post before being cleared by a defender.
As the Reds pressed forward with further attacks, Gaughan saw his shot blocked by keeper Jordan Gidley, and when the loose ball fell to Simon Nangle, he fired home an angled shot into the bottom corner to give Colne the lead on the half hour.
As the second half began, Taylor forced Gidley into a good save as he pushed his shot round the post, and from the resulting corner, Gaughan again saw his shot blocked in a crowded goalmouth.
As play switched to the other end, former Red Mark Threlfall looked sure to equalise, but Aghayere saved with his legs.
And within a minute, Tinker kept Colne in front as he blocked a shot on the line.
On the hour, Nangle’s ball into the penalty area fell to Hart, and his spectacular overhead kick flew into the far corner of the net to put the Reds two goals in front.
As Colne took a grip on the game with some well constructed attacks, Chris Anderson provided a through ball for Hart, who chipped the ball past Gidley, and as the two players collided, the referee awarded a penalty to the Reds.
Gaughan fired home the spot kick to put Colne three goals in front after 71 minutes.
Barnoldswick came close with a free kick by Arley Barnes that curled inches wide of goal, but Colne stretched their lead further after 85 minutes when Dom Craig laid on the chance for Gaughan to blast an unstoppable shot into the roof of the Town net for the Reds’ fourth goal.
With two minutes left, Craig fed the ball to Gaughan, who was denied a hat-trick as he saw his shot tipped round the post by Gidley for a corner.
But Colne ran out deserved winners on the night, though Town could be encouraged by their performance, despite the scoreline.
Had they taken their chances, they will feel there could have been a different outcome.
Tomorrow, Colne are at home to AFC Blackpool in the Semi-Final of the Men United Cup before they travel to Nelson on Tuesday.
Town host Runcorn Linnets tomorrow, and Silsden on Tuesday.