Colne Denied in Injury Time
Colne went down to an injury time goal against fellow strugglers Ossett Albion on Tuesday night after looking like getting a good result with an improved second half performance.
The Reds had turned the game around with a Stevie Cassidy equaliser and were pushing for a winner in the closing stages until a cruelly deflected shot finished in the net to take all three points for the home side.
Once again Steve Cunningham was forced to field a depleted team due to injuries and suspensions and Colne looked far from convincing in the first half. High balls played up to the front pair of Lee Gaskell and Lewis Hanley rarely looked like creating any scoring chances as the home defence competed strongly at the back. And although Alex Curran made some outstanding runs in midfield, his team-mates were unable to capitalise on the openings he was making.
Ossett competed strongly all over the field and were keen to attack at every opportunity. After 22 minutes, Matthew Green did well to keep out a low shot at his near post at the expense of a corner. However when the corner was played into the goalmouth, it fell to Joe Wilkinson at the far post who knocked the ball home from an easy chance to give Albion the lead.
Colne created few chances but Gaskell fired a 30 yard free kick just over the bar on the half hour and Hanley’s dangerous cross was headed behind his own goal by a desperate home defender minutes later. But the Reds had a let-off two minutes before half time when Lebrun Mbeke fired over the crossbar from a close range opportunity.
Steve Cunningham’s half time team talk fired up his side for the second half and a Curran shot flew just over the home crossbar in the opening minutes. As Curran linked well with Shiraz Khan, Colne began to create more chances and Khan’s shot was blocked in the home goalmouth following a half clearance from a corner. A good Colne move saw Michael Morrison’s high ball headed down by Gaskell and Curran’s shot well saved by home keeper Brett Souter on his goal-line.
But Albion looked dangerous every time they went forward and after 67 minutes Amos Kabeya raced clear of the Colne defence on a through ball but Morrison made a superb tackle inside the penalty area to whip the ball away from his feet and prevent a certain goal.
Three minutes later, the Reds grabbed an equaliser when Khan shot into a crowded goalmouth and the ball fell to Cassidy who blasted it into the top corner of the net to level the scores at 1-1.
After 80 minutes, Mbeke went down in the Colne area hoping for a penalty but the referee waved away Albions’s appeals for what was a clear dive.
With minutes left, Colne looked to have got the winner when Lee Pugh’s long throw into the home goalmouth slipped through Souter’s hands and into the net but the Reds celebrations were cut short when the referee gave a free kick for a foul on the keeper. And with the game two minutes into injury time, an Albion attack found Andy Welsh in the Colne penalty area and his shot was deflected off a defender and spun into the net over Green’s outstretched fingers to dash the Reds hopes.