Reds comeback defeats the Storks
By Dave Priestley
Two second half goals saw Colne to victory in a friendly against Padiham at the Sovereign Play Stadium on Saturday after the visitors had led 1-0 at the interval.
Both sides were without a league fixture on the day and it was an opportunity for Steve Cunningham to test his side against Padiham’s new management team of ex-Reds Adam Morning and Michael Morrison.
Padiham enjoyed some good attacking play in the first half through Lee Knight and Alex Ralph and Colne’s defence were kept busy with Matty Makinson and Alex Coleman making a series good clearances. On the half hour, Liam O’Neill was pushed to the ground as he rose to meet a high cross at the far post and the referee awarded a penalty which O’Neill fired home from the spot to give Padiham the lead.
Colne keeper Scott Grant made some good saves and kept the score down to a single goal with a vital stop from Knight’s goal bound shot just before the interval.
The game swung Colne’s way in the second half when Dominic Kerrigan levelled the scores after 52 minutes as he turned past defenders in the penalty area and found the far corner of the net with a low shot past the keeper.
The Reds kept up the pressure with Alex Curran making good runs in midfield and took the lead after 68 minutes when Brad Knox’s strong run through the middle set up Ollie Wood for a diagonal shot into the bottom corner of the Padiham net for Colne’s second goal.
Ten minutes later Knox was denied by a great save by the Padiham keeper as Colne looked to extend their lead but in the closing stages the visitors threatened an equaliser and Simon Nangle and Marcus Poscha made vital clearances from the Reds goalmouth to hold on to a deserved win.