Colne put up a fine performance to dispose of Premier Division opposition Skelmersdale United 3-1 in the NPL Integro League Cup on Tuesday evening.
The Reds shocked their hosts with an early goal by Matty Beadle and went on to add further goals by Mark Ayres and Jay Hart before conceding a consolation goal late on.
Colne took the lead after eight minutes when Jack Lynch’s long range shot was deflected wide to Hart, and although keeper Martin Fearon made a good save, he was powerless to stop Beadle’s follow-up from the rebound.
Skelmersdale looked to hit back and Chad Whyte headed over a cross from the left.
The Reds almost doubled their lead after 20 minutes when Lynch seized upon a back-pass and rounded the keeper, but a defender cleared the ball off the line.
From the resulting corner, Beadle’s header brought a great save, but the referee spotted an infringement in the box and pointed to the spot. Ayres converted to give Colne a two-goal advantage.
As Skelmersdale pushed forward, Luke Wall made a good run into the area and Alex Coleman needed to block his shot at the near post to prevent a goal.
But on the stroke of half time, Skelmersdale’s Phil Mooney denied Beadle with a vital clearance after Ben Hoskin set up a good chance.
Skelmersdale came forward strongly in the second half, but Colne defended well.
After 65 minutes, the Reds extended their lead when a long ball forward found Hart in plenty of space and he lobbed the ball over the keeper.
Skelmersdale reduced the arrears after 75 minutes when Foy’s pass sent Ben Hodkinson through to score with an angled drive into the corner.
On Saturday, Colne had to settle for a point after a late goal by Radcliffe earned a 2-2 draw in the league at Holt House.
The Reds took the lead after 10 minutes when Joel Melia’s cross was headed into the bottom corner from six yards out by Spencer Jordan.
But Colne were caught out when they gave the ball away in midfield and Abou Sanogo fired home the equaliser after 20 minutes.
In the second half, the Reds had to wait until 67 minutes when Jordan’s cross found Hart, and his shot was turned in by Chris Lynch from close range.
In a hectic finale, the Reds were unable to clear a low cross, and Elliott Rokka blasted in an equaliser off the underside of the bar.
On Saturday Colne host Lancaster City (kick-off 3 p.m.) and travel to Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday (7-45 p.m.).