Colne and Radcliffe share the Points
By Dave Priestley
Colne earned a point with a good performance at Radcliffe on Saturday. A goal after 20 minutes by new signing Richard Taylor on loan from Burnley gave the Reds a well deserved lead but Radcliffe came back strongly in the second half to deny them a win.
Colne turned on the style in the first half with some free flowing football that left Radcliffe chasing shadows. Alex Curran’s runs through the midfield had the home defence back-pedalling and Brad Lynch and Reece Webb-Foster exploited the space that opened up on the wings.
A series of free kicks by the Reds was cleared from the home penalty area in the opening minutes as Colne looked likely to take an early lead. Curran forced a good save from Radcliffe keeper Ollie Martin with his shot from a narrow angle after 11 minutes and two minutes later, Lynch brought another good save from the keeper after an exchange of passes with Webb-Foster in a penetrating attacking move.
Radcliffe had only sporadic attacks but had the ball in the net after 18 minutes from Matthew Williams’ free kick but the goal was disallowed with Ben Wharton in an offside position in front of goal.
Two minutes later, Colne went ahead following a corner kick when Webb-Foster’s hard driven low cross from the bye line was knocked home at the far post by Taylor to give the Reds the lead. As Colne pressed forward, they almost doubled their lead after 24 minutes from another corner when Taylor’s spectacular overhead kick was headed off the goal-line with the Radcliffe keeper beaten.
Radcliffe looked for an equaliser and Wharton’s shot was knocked over the bar by Hakan Burton with a fine save at his near post. And Elliot Rokka came close with a shot just over the Colne goal in another raid by the home side.
But Colne looked dangerous with every attack and Curran forced a good save from Martin after a great run through midfield. Martin again kept his side in the game with a good save from Webb-Foster after Curran’s shot had been blocked in a crowded penalty area and on the stroke of half time, Webb-Foster shot wide of the far post from a great opportunity.
Radcliffe began the second half with a series of attacks and drew level after 54 minutes when Rokka found the Colne net with a long diagonal shot into the top corner.
As Colne looked to restore their lead, Curran’s through ball to Lynch was laid off to Webb-Foster and his diagonal shot brought a great save from Martin to push the ball round the far post. At the other end, substitute Tunde Owolabi created problems for the Colne defence and his narrow angled shot was blocked in the Reds goalmouth before being scrambled clear.
But the Reds had a great chance to win the game with two minutes left, when Curran’s through ball released Lynch for a run on goal but his chip over the advancing keeper cleared the crossbar by inches as Colne came agonisingly close to a winner.