Colne off to a Cracker
By Dave Priestley
Colne got the new season off to a great start with a well earned win at Newcastle Town on Saturday.
The Reds took all three points thanks to an excellent second half performance topped off by a well deserved Brad Lynch goal.
The game got off to an explosive start with two goals in the first four minutes. Colne took the lead after three minutes when James Steele put the ball past his own keeper with a back-pass. And just one minute later, Newcastle were given the chance to draw level when Lee Pugh caught the ankles of Rod Orlando-Young as he burst into the Colne area and Aaron Bott fired home the resultant spot kick for the equaliser.
The game settled down with both sides testing each other out and creating half chances. Bott headed wide of the Colne goal from a good opening after 14 minutes while Pugh lifted a shot just over the bar of the home goal minutes later. The Reds defence coped well with a series of good attacks by the home side with Chris Lynch and Alex Coleman making fine clearances to cut out the danger and Waqas Azam switching play to the other end with some exciting runs on the break.
Colne came close to a second goal from a corner five minutes before the interval when Matty Makinson’s header was cleared off the line by a defender with the keeper scrambling in the goalmouth.
Steve Cunningham’s half time team talk lifted his side and Colne took the game to their opponents in the second half with Reece Webb-Foster blasting his shot just over the bar from a great opportunity laid on by Azam after 50 minutes. The Reds continued to press with Alex Curran driving forward from midfield and it was Curran who created the chance on 57 minutes with a good run and low cross for Brad Lynch to fire home and put Colne ahead at 2-1.
As Newcastle looked for an equaliser, Simon Nangle made a vital block to keep out a goal bound shot following Matt Ward’s defence splitting cross. But Newcastle were reduced to ten men after 70 minutes when Orlando-Young was shown a red card after lashing out at a Colne player following a defensive challenge.
Colne created further chances with Chris Lynch’s header bringing a spectacular save from home keeper Matt Johnson. And the keeper was again in action when he raced from his area to head the ball clear as Nick McNally bore down on goal.
The Reds ran out worthy winners and manager Steve Cunningham will be happy to have got off to a winning start.