Colne let the lead slip against Mossley
By Dave Priestley
Colne suffered their second defeat in four days when they saw three points slip away in a closely fought game against Mossley at the Sovereign Play Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Reds held the lead at half time but conceded two goals in a second half when Mossley created a series of chances with high crosses into the Colne goalmouth.
The Reds started brightly enough and Alex Curran’s free kick after two minutes was cleared from the visitors’ goalmouth before Curran shot just wide after a good attacking run in a subsequent attack.
As play swung to the other end, Simon Nangle did well to head a cross clear as Ben Halfacre homed in at the far post. And Hakan Burton made a good save to push a shot by Kennan Quansam round his post for a corner.
Matty Morgan came close for Colne when he curled a shot inches over the visitors crossbar but the Reds still had defending to do as Halfacre and Quansam had shots blocked in the Reds goalmouth before Adam Jones headed wide from the resulting corner.
On the half hour, Colne took the lead when Luke Higham made a run up the left wing and although his cross was blocked, the ball fell to Ollie Wood who drove a firm low shot through a forest of legs into the far corner of goal. As the Reds looked for a second goal, Reece Webb-Foster’s low cross found Curran at the near post but his shot was blocked by defenders in the goalmouth.
But at the other end, Halfacre flashed a glancing header just over the Colne crossbar in a dangerous attack.
As the second half began, Webb-Foster almost caught out the visiting keeper with an ambitious shot from the halfway line that sailed inches over the bar. But after 49 minutes, Mossley drew level when a high cross from the wing reached Jones in front of goal and his powerful header was pushed away with an instinctive save by Burton but the ball fell to Halfacre who fired home from close range for the equaliser.
As Colne looked to restore their lead, Webb-Foster came close with two good efforts just off target in a series of promising attacks by the Reds.
But after 73 minutes, Mossley again exploited the high ball into the Colne penalty area from a free kick and when this was only half cleared, Mike Fish fired home from 20 yards to give the visitors the lead.
Colne came back strongly and Brad Lynch was denied as the keeper pushed away his angled shot with a good save. And Webb-Foster had a great chance when Curran’s cross reached him in front of goal but the keeper got down to hold his shot on the line. In the closing minutes, Colne were desperately unlucky when Bradley Knox’s goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by a defender with a spectacular clearance.
Mossley held on for a hard-fought win on what was clearly not Colne’s night and the Reds will try to put things right when they travel to Radcliffe on Saturday before they travel to Kendal Town on Tuesday evening.