Reds extend their unbeaten run

Jay Hart in action against Silsden on Easter Monday
Jay Hart in action against Silsden on Easter Monday

Colne extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a well-deserved 2-1 win over Yorkshire rivals Silsden at the XLCR Stadium on Easter Monday.

The Reds took all three points thanks to goals by Jay Hart and Chris Anderson, and on another day could easily have scored many more.

In the opening minutes, it was Silsden who pushed forward, and Colne keeper Tony Aghayere was soon in action as he pushed a shot over his crossbar.

But the Reds soon settled and should have taken the lead after 13 minutes when Joel Melia’s low cross from the right wing presented Hart with a scoring opportunity from six yards out, but the Colne striker saw his shot fly to safety off the outside of the post.

Anderson’s skilful attacking play spread panic in the Silsden defence, and Josh Heaton saw his shot fly just over the crossbar from the edge of the area following a Colne corner.

After 25 minutes, Melia and Anderson combined to work the ball across from the right wing and out to the left of goal, where Hart finished the move with an angled shot into the far corner of the net.

Seven minutes later, Colne doubled their lead when Hart chased a ball into the area to the left of goal and, at full stretch, pulled it back into the path of Anderson in a central position for him to find the bottom corner of the net with a firmly-struck 20-yard shot.

Silsden were stung into action and Joe Mitchell was unlucky to see his shot strike the foot of the post and rebound across the face of the Colne goal.

Tom Henderson knocked the loose ball into the net only to be denied by a linesman’s flag for off-side.

In the second half, Colne pushed forward looking to extend their lead, and Hart and Anderson both forced good saves from Daniel Thorpe with good attempts at goal.

Anderson did get past Thorpe after 70 minutes, but his shot from a narrow angle was cleared off the goal-line by Silsden defender Josh Kaine.

And Jack Brooks did well to block Ben Wharton’s shot in the goalmouth as the Reds continued to create chances.

But Silsden struck back after 80 minutes when Chris Wademan’s through ball sent Nicholas McNally on a run into the Colne area, and his diagonal shot into the far corner of the net reduced the arrears to 2-1 and gave Silsden fresh hope.

In the closing stages, an enterprising run by Kenny Taylor presented Wharton with another scoring chance to make the game safe, but his shot came back off the post and the Reds needed to battle to the end to be sure of another win.

The Reds now face two away games as they travel to Bootle tomorrow, before they are away to Abbey Hey on Tuesday evening.

On Monday evening, Colne Reserves are at home to Brighouse Town Reserves in the Lancashire Galaxy League Cup Semi-Final at the XLCR Stadium, kick-off 7-45 p.m.

DAVE PRIESTLEY