Colne Share the Points at Chasetown
By Dave Priestley
Colne had to settle for a point after taking an early lead at Chasetown on Saturday.
The Reds were made to fight all the way by a well organised Chasetown side who denied them a winner in the closing stages with some resolute defending.
Colne got off to a great start when Alex Curran’s 25 yard free kick found a gap in the wall of home defenders and was deflected into the bottom corner of goal by Simon Nangle after only five minutes.
The Reds might have extended their lead five minutes later when an end-to-end move saw the ball cleared up the right wing to Brad Knox and Curran’s low cross found Matty Morgan in front of goal but his shot flew over the bar from a scoring chance. On 15 minutes, a free kick by Curran was met by Billy Priestley but his header brought a great save from Chasetown keeper Curtis Pond as Colne enjoyed some good attacks.
But the home side came more into the game and on the half hour threatened an equaliser when Danny Cocks released Jazz Luckie with a through ball but Hakan Burton raced out of his area to clear the danger in the nick of time. And in a subsequent attack, Matty Makinson made a vital headed clearance at the near post of the Colne goal from a left wing raid by the home side.
With half time approaching, Curran’s free kick flew inches wide of the Chasetown goal from 30 yards and as Colne pressed forward, Brad Lynch cut into the home penalty area from the left hand side and chipped the ball just over the bar with only the keeper to beat.
Early in the second half, Colne conceded a needless free kick near the touchline on the right wing and Cocks’ high cross into the goalmouth was headed home by Luckie to level the scores at 1-1 after 52 minutes.
As the Reds looked to restore their lead, Lynch’s goal-bound shot was blocked in a crowded Chasetown goalmouth and when Morgan got round the back of the home defence and laid the ball back to Curran, his well struck shot from 12 yards was blocked by the keeper on the goal-line and cleared for a corner.
At the other end, George Cater forced a good save from Burton with his shot on the turn and Cocks tested the Colne keeper with a shot from the right of goal as Chasetown threatened with some dangerous attacks.
In the closing stages, Colne found space with some good runs on the right wing and low crosses into the home goalmouth produced half chances but Chasetown defended well to clear the danger on several occasions. And the defensive wall did its job when Curran was pulled back on the edge of the area and his free kick was blocked by a resolute Chasetown rearguard with five minutes left.
Colne will be happy with a hard earned point as results elsewhere went in their favour.