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Silsden AFC
J Hart (25'), C Anderson (32')
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Mon 28 Mar 15:00 - The North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 228

Reds on an Eight Game Unbeaten Run


Colne extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a well deserved win over Yorkshire rivals Silsden at the XLCR Stadium on Easter Monday.

The Reds took all three points thanks to goals by Jay Hart and Chris Anderson and on another day could easily have scored many more.

In the opening minutes, it was Silsden who pushed forward and Colne keeper Tony Aghayere was soon in action as he pushed a goal-bound shot over his crossbar. But the Reds soon settled and should have taken the lead after 13 minutes when Joel Melia’s low cross from the right wing presented Hart with a scoring opportunity from six yards out. But the Colne striker saw his shot fly to safety off the outside of the post in a real let-off for the visitors.

Anderson’s skilful attacking play spread panic in the Silsden defence and Josh Heaton saw his shot fly just over the visitors’ crossbar from the edge of the area following a Colne corner. After 25 minutes, Melia and Anderson combined to work the ball across from the right wing and out to the left of goal where Hart finished the move with an angled shot into the far corner of the net to give the Reds the lead.

Seven minutes later, Colne doubled their lead when Hart chased a ball into the area to the left of goal and at full stretch pulled it back into the path of Anderson in a central position for him to find the bottom corner of the net with a firmly struck 20 yard shot.

Silsden were stung into action and Joe Mitchell was unlucky to see his shot strike the foot of the post and rebound across the face of the Colne goal. Tom Henderson knocked the loose ball into the net only to be denied by a linesman’s flag for offside.

In the second half, Colne pushed forward looking to extend their lead and Hart and Anderson both forced good saves from Daniel Thorpe with good attempts at goal. Anderson did get past Thorpe after 70 minutes but his shot from a narrow angle was cleared off the goal-line by Silsden defender Josh Kaine. And Jack Brooks did well to block Ben Wharton’s shot in the visitors goalmouth as the Reds continued to create chances.

But Silsden struck back after 80 minutes when Chris Wademan’s through ball sent Nicholas McNally on a run into the Colne area and his diagonal shot into the far corner of the net reduced the arrears to 2-1 and gave Silsden fresh hope.

In the closing stages, an enterprising run by Kenny Taylor presented Wharton with another scoring chance to make the game safe but his shot came back off the post and the Reds needed to battle to the end to be sure of a result.

Jason Hart

Player of the Match

Jason Hart

Key moments

Goal Jason Hart scores for Colne
Goal Christopher Anderson scores for Colne


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90:00 Player of the Match
Jason Hart is awarded player of the match for Colne
75:00 Sub On
Kenneth Taylor is substituted on for Colne
75:00 Sub Off
Jason Hart is substituted off for Colne
75:00 Sub On
Spencer Jordan is substituted on for Colne
75:00 Sub Off
Christopher Anderson is substituted off for Colne
66:00 Sub On
Daniel Boyle is substituted on for Colne
66:00 Sub Off
Joel Melia is substituted off for Colne
End of period 1
32:00 Goal 2 - 0
Christopher Anderson scores for Colne
25:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jason Hart scores for Colne
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Colne
  • Silsden AFC
  • 0
  • Jason Hart Goal 25:00'
  • Christopher Anderson Goal 32:00'
  • Daniel Boyle Sub On 66:00'
  • Joel Melia Sub Off 66:00'
  • Kenneth Taylor Sub On 75:00'
  • Jason Hart Sub Off 75:00'
  • Spencer Jordan Sub On 75:00'
  • Christopher Anderson Sub Off 75:00'

Team selection

Aghayere, Tony Aghayere, Tony
Craig, Dom Craig, Dom
Coleman, Alexander Coleman, Alexander
Heaton, Josh Heaton, Josh
Young, Marc Young, Marc
Stott, Dean Stott, Dean
Melia, Joel Melia, Joel
Nangle, Simon Nangle, Simon
Anderson, Christopher Anderson, Christopher
Hart, Jason Hart, Jason
Wharton, Ben Wharton, Ben

League round up

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West Didsbury & Chorlton


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Colne 42 100
2. Runcorn Linnets 42 98
3. Atherton Collieries 42 84
4. 1874 Northwich 42 78
5. West Didsbury & Chorlton 42 68
6. Congleton Town 42 67
7. Ashton Athletic 42 61

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