Colne grabbed an injury time winner through substitute Kenny Taylor to take all three points in a 2-1 win against Nelson at the XLCR Stadium on Wednesday night.
In front of a bumper crowd of 415, the two sides fought out an end-to-end contest in a typical local derby, which got the go-ahead, despite the ground being broken into and damaged overnight.
Colne’s Danny Boyle fired a shot into the side netting after only four minutes with a clear sight of the visitors’ goal, but at the other end, Chris Thompson made a good save from Philip Doughty’s far post header from a corner.
Reds midfielders Chris Anderson and Simon Nangle had shots blocked in the area, and Nangle shot wide at the far post from Ben Hoskin’s searching cross from the right wing.
As the half wore on however, the Blues came more into the game with Matt O’Neill seeing a good angled shot blocked, before flashing a header across the face of goal.
A series of Nelson corners had the Colne defence under pressure, but with half-time approaching, Nangle forced a good save from Blues keeper Ben Woodhead.
Colne started the second half on the attack with Hoskin and Anderson making inroads, but as the Blues counterattacked, Kevin Leadbetter was quick to find space to break through midfield.
And on the hour, Leadbetter flashed a 25-yard free kick just over the bar.
After 68 minutes, Nelson took the lead when Leadbetter found the bottom corner of the net with a 20-yard finish after a good build up through midfield.
The Blues lead only lasted seven minutes when Spencer Jordan went down in the area as he turned with two defenders challenging him, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Boyle converted the spot kick with an assured finish and the sides were level at 1-1.
In the closing stages, it looked as if a draw was on the cards, especially when Jordan’s close range shot was blocked on the line by Mark Sharples.
But three minutes into injury time, a through ball for Taylor saw him race away from two defenders and fire his shot into the roof of the net off Woodhead’s fingertips to snatch victory for the Reds.
Last Friday, Nelson beat leaders Barnoldswick Town 1-0 at Victoria Park in front of a crowd of 342.
Chris Anderson scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half.
Nelson are at Cammell Laird 1907 tomorrow, and on Tuesday night they host local rivals Padiham at Little Wembley.
Tomorrow the Development Squad are at Padiham in cup action.
Colne’s next game is at the XLCR Stadium tomorrow against AFC Liverpool, then on Tuesday night the Reds travel to Squires Gate.
Colne’s Under 18s play Nantwich in the first qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup at the XLCR Stadium next Wednesday, kick-off 7-45 p.m.