A Bridge Too Far for the Reds
Colne suffered their second defeat in four days when they went down 3-0 to high flyers Bamber Bridge at the Utility Renewals Stadium on Tuesday night.
Despite a promising performance in the first half, the Reds were unable to keep out a rampant Bamber Bridge attack after the interval.
Colne got off to a good start and built some promising attacks in the opening stages with Shiraz Khan and Alex Curran making good runs into the final third. And Danny Wilkins supplied some good crosses into the visitors’ area to create goal scoring chances for team-mates.
As Bamber Bridge came more into the game, Chris Marlow found space in the Colne area to the left of goal and his cross was knocked over the crossbar from close range by Brad Carsley. And Danny Mooney saw his shot saved by Hakan Burton at the near post after a good build-up by the visitors.
At the other end, Oliver Crankshaw’s searching cross was well taken by Bamber Bridge keeper Lloyd Rigby under his crossbar and Wilkins shot high over the bar on the turn from a half chance. With half time approaching, a Bamber Bridge corner saw Carsley lose his marker in the Colne area and his goalbound header was cleared off the line by Khan at the far post.
Six minutes into the second half, Bamber Bridge took the lead when Carsley found the bottom corner of the Colne net with a shot through a crowded penalty area. Four minutes later, the visitors almost doubled their lead when Mooney slipped through the Reds defence but Burton made a good save to deny him.
As Colne tried to hit back, Lee Pugh saw his cross headed away from the opposition penalty area but Bamber Bridge were quick to counterattack. And when Danny Forbes was brought down 25 yards from the Reds goal, Alistair Waddecar fired the resulting free kick into the net to double his side’s lead on the hour.
Again Colne pushed forward and Simon Nangle’s dangerous cross flew across the face of the visitors’ goal before Curran’s diagonal shot flew wide of the far post in some good Reds attacks.
But Bamber Bridge held the upper hand and Burton again made a good save to prevent another goal when Mooney raced into the penalty area on a through ball. After 75 minutes, another through ball sent Carsley on a run down the right and his cross was headed home by Mooney to give Bamber Bridge an unassailable lead at 3-0.