Harry gets the Winner for Colne
Colne kept their play-off hopes alive with a hard fought win against Ossett Albion on Tuesday night at the Utility Renewals Stadium.
A Harry Pratt goal in the first half proved enough to secure the three points but it needed a brilliant save by Hakan Burton deep into injury time to protect their slender lead.
The Reds got off to a promising start with Matty Morgan making a series of runs on the left wing and supplying crosses into the visitors’ penalty area. And it was Morgan who tested Albion keeper Neil Bennett after only four minutes with a well struck left foot shot that the keeper did well to save at his near post.
At the other end, Adam Porritt saw his 25 yard shot fly just wide of the Colne goal and Andy Hollins and Jonathan Hodgkinson combined to dispossess Adam Priestley as he jinked his way into the Reds penalty area bearing down on goal. Hollins and Hodgkinson made vital headed clearances as Joe Wilkinson and Aidan Chippendale supplied high crosses into the Colne goalmouth but Albion came close to scoring when Derek Ubah found space to power a header across goal and just wide of the far post.
But Colne always looked likely to open the scoring with some good attacking moves and on the half hour Morgan supplied yet another cross from the left wing and Pratt found the net with a firm volley to give the Reds the lead.
Albion pressed forward again and forced a series of corners but the Reds defended well and might have doubled their lead just before the interval when Pratt crossed the ball from the bye line and saw two shots by team-mates blocked in the Albion goalmouth.
As the second half began, Morgan’s high cross just eluded Pratt at the far post while, at the other end, Wilkinson’s diagonal cross was headed away by Chris Lynch. Albion again forced corners but the Reds defence stood firm to deny them a clear sight of goal. And Colne looked good on the counterattack with Connor Hughes and Danny Wilkins exchanging passes.
Ossett had loud claims for a penalty waved aside as Colne cleared the ball from a crowded penalty area after 87 minutes but again the Reds stretched the visitors with good counterattacks by Bradley Knox and Alex Curran. Three minutes into injury time, Porritt’s goal bound shot was turned over the Colne crossbar in a spectacular instinctive save by Burton to ensure that Colne held on to all three points.