Championship Challenge Continues at Winsford
By Dave Priestley
Colne maintained their challenge at the top of the North West Counties League with a convincing win at Winsford on Monday night
A brace of goals for Danny Boyle and Kenny Taylor and one for Spencer Jordan completed a comfortable win on the night.
The Reds began in a positive mood with Jay Hart’s runs on the left wing opening up the Winsford defence and Ben Wharton looking to capitalise on balls into the box. Colne almost took the lead after 18 minutes when a half-cleared corner was played back into a crowded goalmouth and Wharton laid the ball back to Jordan but he was unable to control it in front of goal and the chance was gone.
The Reds did not have long to wait for the opening goal and it came from an end-to-end move on the half hour when Tony Aghayere’s long ball upfield was helped on by Wharton for Hart on the left wing. And he pulled the ball back for Boyle to fire into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the area giving Colne the lead.
Six minutes later, a free kick into the Winsford box was half cleared to Boyle who caught the ball on the volley to fire an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net and double Colne’s lead. With half time approaching, a free kick on the corner of the penalty area allowed Hart to try an angled shot across goal and when keeper Dale Latham could only block his effort, Jordan forced home the rebound to give the Reds a 3-0 lead at the interval.
Colne looked for more goals in the second half with Ben Hoskin and Lee Pugh pushing forward on the wings. But Winsford created rare opportunities on the break with Lee Duckworth and Ryan Mellor firing shots just off target from good opportunities.
The Reds increased their lead after 64 minutes when Hart’s quick turn beat the offside trap and he raced into the penalty area before crossing for Taylor to fire home Colne’s fourth goal.
Winsford did well to clear a series of long throws by Pugh into their penalty area as the Reds kept up the pressure but Colne went further ahead after 78 minutes when Boyle won the ball in midfield and released Joel Melia into the penalty area on the left side and his cross was knocked home from close range by Taylor to round off the scoring at 5-0.