No Reward at Ossett
Colne slipped to defeat against Ossett Town after making a promising start and paid the price for some defensive errors later in the game.
The Reds had taken the lead after ten minutes and were unlucky to concede a penalty before half time but were hit by two goals in the second half to dash any hopes of a result.
Colne soaked up some early pressure from the home side before taking the lead after ten minutes when Oliver Wood headed the ball on for Alex Curran to take into the penalty area and when his shot was deflected wide off a defender, Ollie Crankshaw homed in on the loose ball to fire home from a tight angle.
As the Reds looked to increase their lead, Matty Morgan fired just over the bar from a half clearance and Curran was also off target from another half chance. But Colne came under pressure as Ossett repeatedly pumped high balls into their penalty area looking for the heads of their tall players up front. A series of corners and long throws by Ossett were cleared by the Reds rearguard and Hakan Burton made a great save to push Danny South’s header round the post from a good chance.
After 35 minutes, the referee awarded a penalty to Ossett Town when a hard driven shot struck a hand in the Colne penalty area and South found the bottom corner with his spot kick to level the scores at 1-1.
Ten minutes into the second half, Colne had a let-off when an Ossett corner reached the head of Josh Snowden at the far post and his looping header came back off the top of the crossbar. But the Reds began to look more promising with some good attacking moves. Sean Miller came close when his shot was deflected wide at the near post from Crankshaw’s cross and on 65 minutes, Curran’s well struck shot was spilled by keeper Leigh Overton but the Reds were frustrated by an offside flag as Crankshaw followed up on the loose ball.
But the game swung Ossett’s way after 70 minutes when the Colne defence failed to clear a ball on the bye line and a low cross was fired home by Liam Owen to give his side the lead. Things got worse for the Reds just three minutes later when Lee Pugh was shown a red card for a late tackle reducing Colne to ten men. And as the Reds pushed forward looking for an equaliser, they were caught out on the counterattack as Kai Hancock won a through ball and fired home Ossett’s third goal.
Shiraz Khan and Wood both had shots saved in the closing stages but were unable to reduce the deficit.
The defeat owed much to Ossett’s style of play and their use of the high ball which disrupted the Reds passing style and lessons will have been learned from this defeat as Colne look forward to continuing their climb up the table in their next series of games.