Colne’s Emirates FA Cup campaign got underway with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Yorkshire rivals Tadcaster Albion on Saturday.
A Danny Wilkins goal midway through the second half was enough to see the Reds through, and they might have added further goals in the closing stages.
Colne made a tentative start in the game, and Tadcaster enjoyed most of the early pressure.
The Reds needed to defend strongly after 11 minutes when a goalmouth scramble saw several shots blocked in the area.
Five minutes later, Lee Pugh saw his well-struck shot deflected for a corner.
Colne keeper Hakan Burton got down well to save from Josh Barrett after his run through the Reds’ defence, and as play switched to the other end, Phil Dean forced a good save from Tadcaster keeper Michael Ingham at the expense of a corner.
Tadcaster looked dangerous with every attack, with their main threats Cameron Murray and Aiden Savory creating the danger, and Chris Howarth overlapping on the left.
But Chris Lynch, Alex Coleman and Pugh formed a solid rearguard, with Michael Morrison breaking up several attacks with his strong tackling in midfield.
Wilkins made good runs through the middle, and with half-time approaching, went down under a challenge in the area but his claims for a penalty were waved aside.
As the second half began, Lynch headed away a dangerous cross from Murray at the near post.
But after 54 minutes, Alex Curran’s cross was handled by a defender in the Albion area to give Colne a penalty.
Michael Fish’s spot kick clipped the top of the crossbar on it’s way over, and the scoresheet remained blank.
Tadcaster came back with some strong attacks, but Colne held firm with Burton saving well from Danny Frost, and Lynch again heading away from the danger area.
Chris Anderson joined the game from the bench for the Reds and released Curran with a superb through ball, only for the young striker to hit the post with his shot.
But Colne made the breakthrough after 72 minutes when Dean raced clear on the left wing, and his low cross was helped on by Curran to Wilkins, coming in from the right, who drove a low diagonal shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Colne still had work to do in defence, with Jacob Gregory filling in well for the injured Kenny Taylor, but created chances on the break, and Pugh rattled the post with a close range pile driver before Adam Morning had shots well saved by Ingham from clear openings.
The Reds ran out worthy winners after an exciting end to end cup tie, and will now host Evo-Stik First Division North champions Lancaster City on Saturday, September 2nd.
Colne are back in league action tomorrow with a trip to Colwyn Bay, followed on Bank Holiday Monday when they welcome Goole to the Utility Renewals Stadium. Both games are 3 p.m. kick-offs.
l Colne Reserves kicked off the new season in the Galaxy Lancashire League (West) with a hard-fought point against local rivals Barnoldswick Town at the Utility Renewals Stadium.
Both sides battled hard in a typical local derby, but found goals hard to come by.
The Reds had a chance early on when Tom Turner handled outside the area, but the free kick was cleared by the Town defence.
Colne made the breakthrough after 24 minutes with a good attack that allowed Billy Lane to fire a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.
Colne pushed forward looking for a second goal, but with half-time approaching, Town threatened an equaliser when Callum Broadleday was tripped on the edge of the area and Ben Gorman saw his free kick well saved by Stuart Cross at the foot of the post.
As the second half began, Town levelled the scores when Cross advanced from his goal and failed to clear a through ball, giving Broadleday the chance to fire a diagonal shot into the Colne net past the stranded keeper.
Turner showed good reactions, saving at his near post from James Leech and making a one-handed when Lewis Hanley looked to have caught him out with a lob.
John Beckwith made some dangerous runs, and after curling a shot just over, was then denied by Cross as the keeper dived at his feet.
Hanley again came close for the Reds when he got to the bye-line and his cross ricocheted off Matthew Cavanagh only for Turner to pull off an instinctive save to deny Colne.