A Point on the Road for the Reds
By Dave Priestley
Colne had to settle for a point against a lively Droylsden side on Tuesday night in a game that could have gone either way.
The Reds took the lead just before the interval but conceded an equaliser with the first attack of the second half and never really took control of the game.
In a bright opening period, Reece Webb-Foster came close with a shot just over the crossbar after three minutes when Alex Curran had pressurised the home defence to win the ball. But five minutes later, the Reds had a let-off at the other end when Sefton Gonzales met a cross at the far post and headed wide with the goal at his mercy.
After 25 minutes, Colne lost Webb-Foster through injury and substitute Joe Gaughan added his height to the attack. On the half hour, Gaughan tested Droylsden keeper Chris Thompson with a good finishing shot after Brad Lynch had released him into the penalty area. And shortly after Gaughan came close again when he cut in from the right wing and saw his well struck left foot shot fly just past the post.
But Colne had another scare when Liam Caddick seized upon a back-pass and chipped the ball just over the Reds crossbar with Hakan Burton stranded.
One minute before half time, the Reds got their attack into gear when Connor Hughes released Gaughan up the left wing and his low cross found Curran in front of goal to fire home from close range past Thompson and give Colne the lead.
As the second half began, Droylsden pushed forward and Caddick ran at the Colne defence before seeing his shot blocked in the penalty area but Gonzales followed up to fire home the rebound and level the scores at 1-1.
Colne pushed forward looking to restore their lead and made a series of half chances in the home goalmouth. On 62 minutes, Lynch raced through the home defence and looked sure to score but a lunging tackle by Dylan Smith knocked him off balance and Thompson saved his goal-bound shot.
Within minutes, Luke Daly raced clear at the other end and only a last ditch tackle by Alex Coleman in the Colne penalty area prevented him scoring.
Droylsden keeper Thompson was at full stretch to push a curling corner kick over his crossbar as Colne pressed again. And Matty Morgan’s cross went begging at the far post after great work by Curran in the home penalty area. But in the closing stages, the end-to-end play failed to produce a winning goal as neither side could find a decisive finish.
The point earned may prove invaluable in the long term and Colne remain unbeaten this season and will look forward to getting back to winning ways when they travel to Runcorn Linnets on Saturday.