Reds suffer blow to their play-off hopes after late goal

Action in the Ossett goalmouth
Action in the Ossett goalmouth
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Colne went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Ossett Town on Saturday.

The Reds never hit their top form of recent matches, and paid the price when Ossett took all three points with a late goal.

Colne's Alex Curran slides in with a challenge

Colne's Alex Curran slides in with a challenge

Colne found themselves behind after only two minutes when they failed to clear a free kick from the left wing into the area, and Ashley Jackson found the net with a looping header.

The Reds were spurred into action and after 12 minutes, Colne levelled the scores when Andy Hollins won the ball in the area to the right of goal and fired home a low shot from a tight angle.

Five minutes later, Colne came close to a second when Matty Morgan’s cross was met by Connor Hughes in front of goal but his shot flew narrowly wide.

As the Reds pushed forward, Ollie Crankshaw made some good runs on the wings but the strong wind made it difficult to control long through balls provided by the midfield.

The Ossett goalkeeper denies Reds striker Connor Hughes

The Ossett goalkeeper denies Reds striker Connor Hughes

Morgan’s free kick stung the fingers of visiting keeper Lee Overton as he turned it over the bar on 37 minutes, while at the other end Lee Pugh did well to deny Martin Pembleton with a good tackle as he bore down on the Colne goal.

Early in the second half, Jason Yates saw his well-struck shot turned over the crossbar by Colne captain Simon Nangle as Ossett looked for a second goal.

But the Reds were soon on the attack and Alex Curran saw his goalbound shot blocked after a good run from midfield.

On the hour, Crankshaw cut in from the left wing with a penetrating run but was tackled by the keeper at the near post and the ball was cleared by defenders.

Ollie Crankshaw shoots for goal

Ollie Crankshaw shoots for goal

After 75 minutes, Gary Stopforth’s cross from the left reached Leon Creech at the far post, but his header lacked power and direction.

And Colne paid the price five minutes later when a high ball across their goalmouth was headed away by Jonathan Hodgkinson and fell for Nicky Boshell to strike a 20-yard shot into the top corner.

As Colne pressed forward looking for a second equaliser, Creech headed over from a chance provided by Pugh, and deep into injury time, Hollins spooned the ball high over the bar from what looked an unmissable chance, provided by Curran’s low cross.

The Easter Monday clash with Clitheroe was postponed, and Colne are at home to Tadcaster Albion tomorrow (kick-off 3 p.m.), and on Tuesday, they travel to Droylsden (kick-off 7-45 p.m.).

Connor Hughes in the Colne attack

Connor Hughes in the Colne attack

DAVE PRIESTLEY