Good Start for the Reds
Colne got off to a good start in their pre-season preparations with a creditable 2-2 draw against a Fleetwood Town side at the Utility Renewals Stadium on Saturday.
The Reds included a raft of new signings which manager Steve Cunningham has brought in to strengthen the side.
As the game began, it became apparent that Fleetwood were a quality side as they carved out some good chances early on and Colne’s new keeper Hakan Burton kept out several efforts with some fine saves. However he was beaten after 20 minutes when Dion Charles gave Fleetwood the lead firing home a rebound from close range.
Fleetwood were in the ascendency and pressed forward with further attacks and Michael Duckworth doubled their lead on the half hour with a 20 yard shot that went in off the right hand post giving Burton no chance.
Colne emerged in the second half in a more determined mood and pulled a goal back on the hour when Danny Wilkins fired home from 12 yards with the visitors defence under pressure.
As the Reds pushed forward, Jacob Gregory came close to an equaliser with a diagonal shot that whistled past the top corner of the visitors’ goal. And Michael Morrison saw his shot saved by the keeper’s outstretched foot in a crowded penalty area.
At the other end, the Colne defence coped well with Fleetwood breakaways and Burton again produced some fine saves.
After 85 minutes, Stevie Cassidy’s cross from the bye-line was turned just over the bar by Kenny Taylor at the far post as Colne turned up the pressure.
With two minutes of the game left, the Reds grabbed an equaliser when a diagonal free kick to the far post was headed back into the goalmouth and James Leech headed the ball home from close range in a dramatic finish to the game.