Colne Cruise to a Win against Fleetwood
By Dave Priestley
Colne produced another good performance on Tuesday night against an U23 team from Fleetwood Town and ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals by Brad Lynch and Alex Curran.
The Reds controlled the game for long periods and would not have been flattered if the scoreline had been doubled.
Colne got off to a flying start and took the lead after only four minutes. Curran’s through ball released Brad Lynch into the area to the left of goal and his shot into the roof of the net gave the visiting keeper Matt Irwin no chance.
Colne pushed forward with some promising attacks as they looked for more goals and Waqas Azam saw his shot pushed round the post by Irwin before Curran again tested the keeper with a hard low shot from just outside the area.
The pressure paid off after 17 minutes following a good build-up in midfield when Lee Pugh’s through ball found Curran and his shot into the bottom corner of the net left Irwin rooted to the spot and doubled the Reds lead.
A great move after 24 minutes deserved a third goal when Pugh and Lynch linked up in midfield before Curran laid the ball back in the area for Kyle Sambor but the young striker lifted his shot just over the bar.
Fleetwood came more into the game after the half hour mark and Lewis Baines might have done better with a clear sight of goal but his header was easily saved by Hakan Burton. Minutes later, Pugh did well to clear a dangerous cross by Mamadou Djabi from the Colne goalmouth under pressure and in a subsequent attack, Michael Donohue finished a good move by shooting wide of the Reds goal.
As the second half began, Joe Gaughan saw his goal-bound shot pushed over the bar in a one-handed save by keeper Irwin. And as Colne pushed forward again, Luke Higham’s cross fell to Sambor in the area but again Irwin did well to block his shot at the near post.
But on the hour, Colne had a let-off when a diagonal shot came back off the far post of the Reds goal and was knocked home from close range in the resulting scramble but the flag was up for offside to deny the visitors.
But Colne came forward strongly in the closing stages with Azam providing chances in the visitors goalmouth and Gaughan and Nick McNally came within a whisker of scoring on several occasions with the Fleetwood defence rocking.
Another satisfying performance by the Reds as they continue their pre-season build-up.