PHOTOS: Colne FC’s 2-0 victory over Nelson

Colne.....................................2

Nelson..................................0

Christopher Anderson and Edward O'Neill battle for the ball.

Christopher Anderson and Edward O'Neill battle for the ball.

Colne came out on top in the big derby against local rivals Nelson at the XLCR Stadium on Saturday.

After a big effort by the Reds to get the game on, both sides battled it out on a snow-covered pitch.

Early on, Nelson took advantage of the Holt House slope but failed to find a finish good enough to trouble Colne keeper Chris Thompson.

Gareth Peet came close after six minutes when he turned his marker and fired a low shot just wide, and at the other end, Danny Boyle wasted a great chance after 20 minutes when he pulled his shot across the face of goal.

Paul Fildes laid on a great chance for Nelson after 28 minutes but Joe O’Neill headed his cross wide.

Three minutes later Chris Anderson saw his shot blocked by Blues keeper Ben Woodhead after Alex Coleman had got behind the defence.

The Reds took the lead after 34 minutes when Coleman’s cross from the right was flicked on by Spencer Jordan for Boyle to knock home a poacher’s goal from six yards.

The end-to-end play continued in the second half with Boyle forcing a save from Woodhead, before Colne doubled their lead with a superb move after 66 minutes when Anderson drove forward from midfield, before Boyle and Jordan combined to feed Anderson, who dribbled past two defenders before chipping Woodhead.

After 80 minutes Woodhead produced a great save to turn Anderson’s curling shot around the post, and Boyle forced another good save.

Nelson fought to the end, but Colne ran out deserved winners in front of a bumper crowd of 471 spectators.

Colne are next in action on Saturday, January 10th at home to Runcorn Town, while Nelson host Squires Gate on Saturday.

DAVE PRIESTLEY