COLNE UNLUCKY TO LOSE AT HYDE
Report by Ed Lambert
Colne took their 100% 2018 win record to Ewen Fields, home of title chasing Hyde United. The home team have made this place a fortress having won 12 out of 14 home games with no defeats.
Colne started on the front foot and could have taken the lead on 5 minutes when Harry Pratt could only direct an Ollie Crankshaw corner wide of the post when well placed. Only 5 minutes later and Hyde had another let off when a deep free kick was headed back into the danger area from the by line by Chris Lynch only to see Brad Knox's shot hacked off the line by a desperate defender. The Reds suffered a body blow on 12 minutes when Hyde took the lead in their first meaningful attack when Luke Porritt got to the by line and saw his shot cum cross deflect off Alex Coleman's boot and ricochet into the top corner of the net past a startled Hakan Burton.
The goal lifted the home team and they had a period of sustained pressure which the Reds battled to repel. Colne got back on the front foot on 21 minutes when good play down the right between Coleman Knox and Morgan saw the latter racer to the by linen and deliver an inviting cross only to see a Hyde defender clear the ball at the last second as it looked set to reach Alex Curran. On 38 minutes, a diagonal pass by Lee Pugh was held up well by Pratt and played off to Alex Curran who saw his snap shot saved by the keeper at the near post.
The final chance of the half fell to Hyde and Dominic Marie who won the ball on the edge of the area but saw his first time shot fizz narrowly over the bar.
HALF TIME HYDE UNITED 1 COLNE 0
Hyde had the first opportunity of the second half when Khamsuk's free kick from outside the area just cleared the bar. Colne continued to cause problems for the home team and more good work on the right hand side saw Morgan and Curran combine well and Curran's incisive pass released Pratt into the area but his low shot was comfortably saved by keeper Crook. Only minutes later Curran looked to again release Pratt but was thwarted by a last ditch interception. Colne continued to push forward and when a ball into the area was held up by Pratt who laid it off to Curran. He was unable to get a shot off and the ball was cleared away. As Colne were pushing forward it created space and opportunities for Hyde to always looked dangerous in possession of the ball going forward.
On 85 minutes Hyde had the chance of the half when Marie found himself clear in the penalty area after a quick break but he could only guide the ball wide of the post with only the keeper to beat. Despite further late Colne pressure they could not breach a well drilled home defence.
FULL TIME HYDE UNITED 1 COLNE 0
Against one of the class teams in the league, Colne can be proud of their performance with little to choose between the teams. Games continue to come thick and fast, mainly against play off challenging teams.
The Reds are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to play off chasing Droylsden, kick off 7.45pm, before again facing play off challenging opposition at home at the Utility Renewals Stadium against Glossop North End, kick off 3pm.
This home game has been designated a 'Pay What You Want' on admission fixture.