Colne can't lay Trafford Bogey
By Dave Priestley
Colne went down to a narrow defeat against bogey side Trafford at the Sovereign Play Stadium on Saturday.
The Reds had not beaten Trafford in their previous seven meetings in the Evo-Stik League and once again lady luck refused to smile on them despite a spirited second half performance when they did everything but score.
Colne made a bright start with Dominic Kerrigan and Alex Curran supplying good crosses into the visitors’ penalty area while, at the other end, Declan Rydings fired a 25 yard shot just over the Reds goal. But after 13 minutes, Colne had a let-off when Rydings met a cross from the right wing and saw his header come back off the underside of the crossbar.
Trafford pushed forward and five minutes later took the lead when Ben Harrison headed home from close range from a corner.
As Colne looked for a quick reply, Simon Nangle and Brad Lynch exchanged passes to create a half chance in the Trafford penalty area but the visitors cleared the danger with some well organised defending.
Trafford looked the stronger side as they controlled midfield and looked for a second goal with some promising attacks. Jonathan Hodgkinson was prominent in the Colne defence heading high crosses clear and Hakan Burton needed to fist the ball away under pressure as Trafford tested the Reds rearguard.
Colne emerged for the second half in a more positive mood and began to create a series of chances with some enterprising attacking play. After 50 minutes, Curran saw his low cross cleared from the goalmouth by Lee Wilshaw and in Colne’s next attack, Kerrigan’s free kick was scrambled clear from the six yard box by Trafford defenders under pressure. The Reds had the ball in the net from a great move after 53 minutes but the goal was ruled out as the referee had spotted an infringement in the build-up.
Colne continued to press with Brad Knox driving forward from midfield and Curran and Lynch creating space in the visitors’ area. But the Trafford defence stood firm and Steve Cunningham made a triple substitution on the hour to give the Reds more attacking options.
The move seemed to have rebounded on the Reds when five minutes later Hodgkinson limped off the field reducing his side to ten men for the rest of the game. But Colne continued to push forward and dominate the game and forced a series of corners before Knox saw his shot cleared off the Trafford goal-line. In subsequent attacks, Matty Morgan shot wide from an opening created by Knox and Curran was denied when his shot was deflected past the post following another great build-up.
Colne had the visitors on the ropes for long periods but were unable to land a knockout blow and Trafford finished strongly to claim a deserved win after a closely fought game.