Reds claim derby victory after narrow cup defeat

Danny Wilkins scored Colne's first goal against Clitheroe on Tuesday night
Danny Wilkins scored Colne's first goal against Clitheroe on Tuesday night
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Colne were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Lancaster City on Saturday, but recovered to advance past Clitheroe in the Integro League Cup on Tuesday night.

Two second half goals winning the game for the Reds in their East Lancashire derby.

The game took a while to settle, with both defences in resilient mood and the ball spending much of the time in the air.

The first effort of note came on 18 minutes when good hold up play by Danny Wilkins released Michael Fish into the area, only to see his shot tipped round the post.

Just before half-time, Clitheroe almost took the lead when a ball over the top down the right released Kurt Willoughby, who skipped round home keeper Matt Green who had advanced well out of his area.

However, he did force the striker slightly wider and this gave time for centre back Alex Coleman to drop back onto the goal line and clear the shot for a throw.

Manager Steve Cunningham made two substitutions at half-time bringing on two 18-year-olds in Alex Curran and Lewis Hanley, both of which added pace.

Clitheroe again were unfortunate not to take the lead on 55 minutes when a quick break down their left released Adam Bolton, who cut inside his marker, advanced to the edge of the area and hit a vicious low shot that hit the inside of the near post, agonisingly rolled across the six-yard box and narrowly wide of the far post.

Shortly after, keeper Green did well to turn a dipping shot over the bar for another Clitheroe corner.

The game was opening up now with a better quality of football on show.

Colne took the lead on 68 minutes in a flowing move the length of the pitch.

The ball was played deep into the Colne left back position, and with full back Lee Pugh under immense pressure, he did well to win the ball facing his own goal, turn in an tight space and play a chipped pass down the flank to Phil Dean.

Dean controlled the ball and passed into Curran, who played a ball between two defenders, which released Wilkins into the area, who drilled the ball low into the bottom corner.

On 80 minutes Colne almost extended their lead when a smart ball from former Clitheroe man Simon Nangle released Hanley down the right, and his low, hard cross was met by Wilkins, but he could only slide the ball narrowly past the post.

Clitheroe almost scored an equaliser when the ball was lost in mid-field and Oliver Crankshaw’s blistering low fizzing shot whizzed past the post with Green beaten.

However, on 89 minutes Colne put the game to bed with some route one football.

A long kick from keeper Green saw Hanley beat the centre half to the bouncing ball and advancing into the area, where he was unceremoniously brought down by keeper Chris Thompson.

Up stepped the unflappable Mark Ayres to stroke the ball into the bottom corner.

The Reds earned another home tie in the League Cup, where they will play Workington on Tuesday, October 17th.

On Saturday, the Reds lost out to Evo-Stik Premier League Lancaster by a single goal, as a piece of magic from Simon Wills proved the difference.

Curran poked Chris Lynch’s raking pass wide, before Lancaster took the lead midway through the first half.

A ball into the area was cleared to the edge of the box, where Wills met it on the full and blasted the ball into the bottom cornere.

Fish flashed a header over before Lancaster built up some momentum in the last 10 minutes of the first half, and Lynch and Coleman had to be at their best.

In the second half, a Dean free kick found Jacob Gregory unmarked, but he could only guide his header over the bar.

Five minutes Colne fashioned possibly their best chance of the game when good build up play been Fish and Curran released Dean on the left but as he pulled the trigger, a Lancaster defender blocked his shot.

Lancaster had a glorious opportunity to wrap up the game in added time when a quick attack released substitute Hannu Tam, but he could only shoot tamely wide.

Tomorrow, Colne are at home to Bamber Bridge, and then on Tuesday are again at home to South Shields.