Colne Concede to Clarets in Closing Stages
Colne conceded two late goals after an evenly fought game against Burnley’s rising young stars at the Utility Renewals Stadium on Tuesday night
The Clarets opened brightly and showed their potential after 16 minutes when a free kick into the Colne area was headed across goal by Alex Whitmore for Dwight McNeil to head inches past the upright in a well executed move. Minutes later Khius Metz went down under challenge in the penalty area after slipping through the home defence but the referee waved aside his claims for a penalty.
On the half hour,Colne’s Mike Fish saw his shot blocked after a good run to the edge of the visitors’ area and Danny Wilkins’ follow-up shot was saved by Burnley’s keeper Connor Mitchell at the bottom corner of his goal.
Colne pushed forward in the second half and Simon Nangle’s header from a corner flew just wide of the far post in an enterprising attack. After 65 minutes, Kenny Taylor and Waqaz Azam combined on the left wing and a searching cross fell to Jacob Gregory coming in at the far post and his diagonal shot flew inches wide with the Clarets keeper beaten.
Although Colne enjoyed plenty of possession, they found it hard to break down a well organised Clarets defence that got back in numbers at every opportunity. And the Reds were caught out after 82 minutes when Robbie Leitch’s long cross found Tundi Bayodi in the goalmouth and he scored from close range to give Burnley the lead.
With two minutes of the game left, a Burnley free kick fell to Ali Kioki in the area and his hard driven cross was turned into the net from close range by Leitch to give the clarets a 2-0 win on the night.