Red army give Colne a rousing send off – but Linnets prevail

Danny Boyle with Ian Williams
Danny Boyle with Ian Williams

Colne’s Red Army gave them a rousing send off at their last home game of the season at the XLCR Stadium on Tuesday night, but the Reds failed to finish with a win as they went down 3-0 to Runcorn Linnets.

Colne should have taken an early lead after 10 minutes when Alex Coleman unselfishly picked out Joe Garvin, but Garvin somehow lifted his shot over an open goal.

Five minutes later Jay Hart nipped in to rob the ball and released Danny Boyle, who pulled his shot over from a difficult angle.

Colne came close again after 25 minutes when Nathan Bond found Hart, but his shot from a narrow angle was deflected for a corner.

Linnets began to look more dangerous and in added time at the end of the first half, Chris Thompson was adjudged to have fouled Freddie Potter and Michael White fired home the spot kick.

Three minutes into the second half, Runcorn doubled their lead. A high diagonal cross from the left wing fell perfectly for Kevin Towey to volley into the net.

Colne were reduced to ten men on the hour when Bond was sent off for an elbow, and after 73 minutes, a low cross was knocked home by Potter for Runcorn’s third goal.

On Saturday, Colne let a two-goal lead slip in a 2-2 draw at home to Alsager Town.

Garvin gave the Reds the lead after only three minutes when he drove a free kick into the bottom corner, before, on the half hour, Garvin doubled the lead with a shot from a tight angle.

Three minutes after the interval Alsager reduced the deficit when Michael Blundell fired home a low diagonal shot, and they levelled with 16 minutes left through Jordan Johnson after a quick counter attack.

Colne are at Bootle in their last game of the season tomorrow.