Nangle strikes to settle hard fought affair

Simon Nangle battles for the ball.
Simon Nangle battles for the ball.
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Colne took all three points at the XLCR Stadium on Saturday in a closely-fought 2-1 triumph against AFC Blackpool, who looked far better than their lowly league position suggests.

The Reds should have been off to a flying start when they won a penalty for a trip on Chris Anderson after only four minutes, but Lee Pugh’s spot kick rattled the crossbar and was cleared.

Colne stuck to their usual passing game despite the heavy pitch, and Jason Hart pulled the ball back for Kieran Demaine to blast a shot over the bar before Pugh fired a firm shot across goal.

But the visitors were quick on the break and Chris Thompson had to make a good save in a one-on-one before Pugh cleared off the line at the far post from Richard Seear.

After 35 minutes, Hart forced a spectacular one-handed save from Blackpool keeper Andrew Speight as he pushed his shot over the bar.

And with half time approaching, Michael Morrison was unlucky to see his overhead kick fly just wide.

The Reds made the breakthrough just three minutes into the second half when Hart’s cross was laid back by Ben Hoskin for Kenny Taylor to shoot into a crowded goalmouth, where Danny Boyle turned the ball home.

But the lead only lasted eight minutes as Seear left the Colne defence flat-footed with a dazzling run before firing home.

The Reds responded well and regained the lead after 65 minutes when Hart’s cross was headed back across goal by Boyle, and Simon Nangle headed home.

Ten minutes later, a superb through ball by Boyle released Taylor, but his unselfish low cross to the far post was missed completely by Hart on the line. And Pugh’s cross from the bye line eluded everyone in the six-yard box when only a touch was needed.

At the other end, Thompson made a series of outstanding saves late on to preserve Colne’s lead.

Tomorrow, the Reds are at home to Cammell Laird, with an early kick off of 2 p.m.