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South Shields
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Sat 28 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK North Attendance 2,104

Colne Come a Cropper at South Shields

Colne finished the season with a trip to South Shields who were celebrating winning the league in front of a crowd of more than two thousand.

The Reds missed out on the play-offs on goal difference as they were unable to find an equaliser in a second half which they dominated and ultimately came away with a 2-1 defeat.

South Shields began the game in confident mood and dominated possession in the first half. The Colne defence were tested but coped well with keeper Hakan Burton taking a series of high balls in his goalmouth.

At the other end, Matty Morgan shot just wide from just outside the area after 15 minutes and Alex Curran brought a great save from Shields keeper Liam Connell with his 20 yard shot on the half hour.

But the Colne goal came under pressure when a Shields corner was not cleared from the goalmouth and Lee Mason fired home the loose ball in the ensuing scramble to give the home side the lead on 32 minutes. The Reds had hardly recovered from the blow when Carl Finnigan weaved his way into the penalty area and beat Burton with a well placed shot to double Shields lead on 34 minutes.

Colne dug in to withstand further pressure and struck back just before the interval. Waqas Azam’s shot took a deflection and went through the legs of Connell and rolled over the goal-line to reduce the deficit and put the Reds back in the game on 41 minutes.

Colne emerged for the second half in a positive mood and pushed forward at every opportunity. They created a series of chances as Curran shot across the face of goal and Azam shot wide of the near post from close range in the opening minutes. As play swung to the other end, Robert Briggs saw his shot cleared from the Colne goalmouth and Burton needed a good save to keep out Jamie Holmes’ shot.

But as Colne pushed forward in the later stages looking for the equaliser they needed to get them to the play-offs, Ollie Crankshaw and Danny Wilkins repeatedly opened up the home defence. And Curran twice had shots blocked in the crowded penalty area and missed a great opportunity on 86 minutes when clean through on goal and was denied by the keeper in a one on one.

The Reds may have missed out on the play-offs but nevertheless have had a good season to finish in eighth place in the league with a team of promising young players and will look forward to next season with optimism.

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Key moments

Goal Waqas Azam scores for Colne


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87:00 Yellow Card
Ollie Crankshaw is yellow carded for Colne
85:00 Yellow Card
Jonathan Hodgkinson is yellow carded for Colne
83:00 Yellow Card
Waqas Azam is yellow carded for Colne
68:00 Sub On
Leon Creech is substituted on for Colne
68:00 Sub Off
Matty Morgan is substituted off for Colne
67:00 Sub On
Bradley Knox is substituted on for Colne
67:00 Sub Off
Simon Nangle is substituted off for Colne
45:00 Sub On
Danny Wilkins is substituted on for Colne
45:00 Sub Off
Harry Pratt is substituted off for Colne
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 0 - 1
Waqas Azam scores for Colne
21:00 Yellow Card
Christopher Lynch is yellow carded for Colne
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • South Shields
  • Colne
  • 0
  • Christopher Lynch Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Waqas Azam Goal 41:00'
  • Danny Wilkins Sub On 45:00'
  • Harry Pratt Sub Off 45:00'
  • Bradley Knox Sub On 67:00'
  • Simon Nangle Sub Off 67:00'
  • Leon Creech Sub On 68:00'
  • Matty Morgan Sub Off 68:00'
  • Waqas Azam Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Jonathan Hodgkinson Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Ollie Crankshaw Yellow Card 87:00'

Team selection

Burton, Hakan Burton, Hakan
Azam, Waqas Azam, Waqas
Hollins, Andy Hollins, Andy
Crankshaw, Ollie Crankshaw, Ollie
Hodgkinson, Jonathan Hodgkinson, Jonathan
Lynch, Christopher Lynch, Christopher
Morgan, Matty Morgan, Matty
Stopforth, Gary Stopforth, Gary
Curran, Alex Curran, Alex
Pratt, Harry Pratt, Harry
Nangle, Simon Nangle, Simon

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Prescot Cables 22 39
7. Trafford 23 39
8. Colne 21 37
9. Ramsbottom United 21 36
10. Colwyn Bay 23 33
11. Widnes 23 31
12. Kidsgrove Athletic 21 27

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