Reds ready for big test against the Vase favourites

Jake Barker-Daish lines up the free kick for Colne's winning goal
Jake Barker-Daish lines up the free kick for Colne's winning goal
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Colne face a plum FA Vase tie at home to competition favourites Shildon AFC tomorrow.

The Railwaymen, currently 10th in Ebac Northern League Division One, are 6/1 with BetVictor to go all the way.

Gary Forrest’s side reached the semi-final of the competition in the 2012/13 campaign where they were knocked out by Tunbridge Wells courtesy of a 4-3 defeat on aggregate.

And Shildon are the lowest ranked side still in the FA Cup, having reached the first round proper, where they will host Gateshead.

But the Reds are in fine form and have earned the Non League Review’s Team of the Week accolade following a 4-1 away win at rivals Barnoldswick Town and a 5-1 triumph over fourth place AFC Liverpool at the Arriva Stadium.

Danny Boyle scored a hat-trick in both fixtures to take his tally to 16 for the season in all competitions. Only Ryan Cox (20) and Runcorn Linnets’ Kevin Towey (17) have proved more prolific to date.

Boss Steve Cunningham, who guided his men to this stage with a 2-1 win over Penrith and a 4-0 victory against Heaton Stannington FC, said: “The draw is a massive pat on the back to all the people involved at Colne that have been working hard to put the club where it is. It’s a nice reward for all the graft and effort behind the scenes.

“It’s also reward for the players and the fans. The support has been incredible and the numbers have been increasing week on week. For this level of football the noise they make is unreal.”

Cunningham added: “Shildon are favourites to win the competition. They’ve reached the first round qualifying stage of the FA Cup as well where they beat Padiham along the way. It’s a big test for us and we’ll be huge underdogs.

“It would be a real coup if we can take Shildon as a scalp. We’ll be well prepared and we certainly won’t be fearful of them but we know we;ll need to be at our best if we want to compete and have a chance of progressing.”

On Saturday, Colne were made to work hard by a competitive Silsden side as they won 1-0 to progress to the next round of the Men United Cup.

The Reds had to rely on a single goal - a brilliantly taken free kick by new signing Jake Barker-Daish just before half-time.

Boyle hit the post with a penalty moments later, but Colne won through to host 1874 Northwich in the third round on November 29th.

Last Thursday, Colne Reserves beat Nelson 5-3 in the Galaxy League at the XLCR Stadium, with goals from Lee Barrett (2), Jay Barrowclough, Brandon Barski and Daniel Russell. Callum Mahoney, Adam Nuttall and Charlie Carlin netted for the Blues.