Colne took three valuable league points from a hard-fought encounter at Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday night as they left it late to win 3-1.
The Reds welcomed back Adam Morning in place of the suspended Jay Hart, and he had an influence on the outcome of the game, winning an early penalty and being involved in many attacking moves.
Colne took the lead after nine minutes when the ball was knocked forward by Spencer Jordan and laid off by Matty Beadle for Morning to take a run towards goal. When he was tripped by a defender, the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty, and Mark Ayres confidently converted the spot kick.
Colne kept up the pressure and should have doubled their lead on the half hour when Lee Pugh’s through ball released Morning for a one-on-one with Tadhg Ryan, but his shot was blocked by the keeper’s foot and cleared.
The Reds were made to regret the miss just two minutes later when Elliott Rokka fired home an equalise,r with the Colne defenders still claiming that there had been a blatant off-side in the build up.
With half-time approaching, the Reds almost restored their lead when Pugh’s hard driven cross from the bye-line was turned against the underside of the bar in a crowded goalmouth, before being scrambled clear.
Colne pressed forward early in the second half, and shots from Michael Morrison and Joel Melia were blocked in the visitors’ goalmouth.
On the hour, Jordan saw his shot saved by the keeper’s legs, and minutes later, Morning saw his shot cleared off the goal-line with the keeper beaten.
But the game was still in the balance, and Tony Aghayere kept Colne on level terms with a vital save when Jack Hindle was clean through on goal.
Jordan got no reward when he appeared to be pushed to the ground for what looked a clear penalty.
But Colne restored their lead after 75 minutes when Simon Nangle found the far corner of the net with a low shot in a crowded goalmouth.
The Reds were not finished and added a third goal in the closing minutes when Lewis Morgan and Melia pressurised the home defence, and a half clearance fell to Pugh, who drove home an unstoppable diagonal shot to round off the scoring in a deserved win.
Colne travel to Colwyn Bay tomorrow for a 3 p.m. kick-off.
The Reds have no midweek fixture.
Saturday’s game at home to Lancaster City was postponed after torrential rain and snow left the pitch waterlogged.