Colne Comeback Stuns Hyde
Colne came back from two goals down in an end-to-end see-saw of a game against high flying Hyde United at the Utility Renewals Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Reds looked to be down and out when they conceded two early goals but fought their way back to be level at the interval and should really have won the game in the second half.
Colne pushed forward in the opening minutes with Shiraz Khan showing his pace on the right wing and when his cross found Alex Curran, Hyde keeper Peter Crook did well to block his shot on the line before Lee Pugh’s hard driven cross was scrambled clear from the visitors’ goalmouth.
But after ten minutes, Colne conceded a simple goal when Matty Beadle was left unmarked to head home a high cross giving Hyde the lead. Four minutes later, things got worse for the Reds when Tom Pratt benefitted from a low cross from the right wing to blast home a shot from close range and double Hyde’s lead.
The Reds struck back after 18 minutes when Sean Miller’s low cross found Curran who jinked past a defender and found the bottom corner of the net with a good finishing shot to reduce the arrears to 2-1. Colne stepped up the pressure in search of a second goal and carved out some good attacks but as play swung to the other end,Hyde’s Big Khamsuk fired a diagonal shot just past the far post and Luke Porritt saw his shot blocked in the Reds penalty area.
On 36 minutes, a free kick for Colne in midfield was knocked forward by Pugh to the head of Jonathan Hodgkinson who directed the ball across the goalmouth for Miller to fire into the roof of the net at the far post and level the scores at 2-2. Three minutes later. Hodgkinson won another high ball in the opponents’ penalty area and Ollie Crankshaw saw his shot blocked in the goalmouth.
Colne began the second half on the attack and looked capable of winning the game with recent signing Ollie Wood up front, but Curran fired a shot just over the bar and Simon Nangle fired a free kick just wide as the Reds failed to take advantage of the series of promising attacks they created.
Hyde introduced the aerial threat of Karl Jones but the Colne defence proved equal to the task and he was allowed only brief touches of the ball.
In the end, both sides settled for a creditable draw and Reds manager Steve Cunningham will be pleased that the point gained has lifted them well clear of the bottom of the table in 16th place and on this form, Colne will be looking to progress further up the league in the coming weeks.