COLNE PLAY OFF HOPES TAKE A HIT
Report by Ed Lambert. Photo courtesy of Andy Pritchard
The first half whilst producing plenty of good football produced no real goal mouth action and both keepers had only routine saves and catches to make. On 10 minutes after a series of corners Alex Curran had a shot from the edge of the area but the keeper got down well. It was not until 38 minutes into the game that there was another shot on goal, Ollie Crankshaw's low shot straight at the keeper.
HALF TIME TRAFFORD 0 COLNE 0
The second half produced much more in the way of goal mouth action with Trafford starting brightly but it was the Reds with the first significant chance when, from a Trafford corner, they broke quickly with Pratt and Curran linking well, with the latter playing the ball inside to Connor Hughes who beat the keeper but saw his shot blocked on the line by a defender and cleared from danger. The Reds created another chance on 60 minutes when Alex Curran played the ball wide right to Matty Morgan who raced to the by line and cut the ball back only to see Hughes close range shot blocked by the keeper.
It was Trafford's turn to exert pressure and the Reds had captain Alex Coleman to thank when he twice cleared the ball from the danger zone when Trafford looked certain to score. However, the Reds created further chances on the break and on 65 minutes Ollie Crankshaw played in Curran who advanced on goal but was forced wide by the keeper and his shot went into the side netting.
Trafford went down the other end and almost took the lead when Aaron Burns narrowly headed wide from a delightful right wing cross. On 77 minutes, another quick Reds break saw Curran and Hughes combine well but both had shots blocked by home defenders. Colne again went agonisingly close to taking the lead when Sam Howell won the ball in midfield and played it wide to Waqas Azam who turned inside his man only to see his shot hit the post.
Colne suffered agony on 85 minutes when Trafford sub Danny Frost picked the ball up in midfield, advanced on the Colne goal and blasted the ball into the top corner from probably 25 yards out giving keeper Burton no chance. Despite more Colne pressure, they could not find a way through a resolute Trafford defence.
FULL TIME TRAFFORD 1 COLNE 0
Another close game against a team chasing the play offs. The Reds have no midweek action and next play on Saturday March 3rd with a home game v Ossett Albion. Kick off 3pm.