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Kidsgrove Athletic
Full time
A Curran (50' Pen)
Sat 12 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 104

Reds on the Rise at Kidsgrove


Colne’s first ever visit to Kidsgrove Athletic yielded a valuable three points in a hard fought game on Saturday.

An Alex Curran penalty early in the second half was enough to decide the game and some resolute defending by the Reds well organised back four ensured there was no comeback from the home side.

From the kick off Colne started brightly and a foul on Mamadou Djabi gave Curran the opportunity to test the keeper with a 20 yard free kick which he pushed wide for a corner after only three minutes. The Reds moved the ball about well with some confident passing and another free kick after nine minutes was delivered into the home penalty area by Richie Baker where Rhys Thompson cleared the ball off the goal-line.

In rare breaks at the other end Anthony Malbon and Josh Lundstram tried speculative shots just off target and Billy Priestley and Matty Makinson dealt comfortably with balls into the Colne penalty area.

After 25 minutes, Curran provided a great chance from his run down the left wing but his low cross into the goalmouth was put wide by Oliver Wood from close range. While two minutes later at the other end, Lee Williamson curled a free kick over Colne’s defensive wall but straight into the safe hands of Hakan Burton on his line.

A great end-to-end move involving Brad Knox and Curran looked promising but Kidsgrove keeper Jack Livesey raced from his area to clear the danger off the toes of Josh Hine as he broke clear.

With half time approaching, the home side forced a series of corners but Colne defended well and another free kick by Williamson flew harmlessly over the bar as the sides went in level.

Five minutes into the second half, Colne won a free kick on the right wing and when Alex Coleman’s high delivery into the penalty area was spilled by Livesey under pressure, the ball fell to Wood who was pulled down by the keeper for an obvious penalty. Curran converted the spot kick with confidence to give the Reds the lead.

Kidsgrove came back strongly and crosses from both wings into the Colne area tested the Reds defence but Coleman made heroic clearances off the goal-line on two occasions to prevent a goal.

As Colne looked to hit back on the break, a long ball from Burton sent Hine clear but his hurried shot flew over the bar from a good opportunity and Wood’s well struck shot flew inches wide of the right hand post after a good build-up.

At the other end, Burton got down well to save Malbon’s shot through a crowded goalmouth but Colne might have doubled their lead when Wood squeezed a shot across the home goal which Brad Lynch almost reached at the far post.

The Reds soaked up some late pressure by the home side before Colne ran out worthy winners from a keenly contested game.

Key moments

Scored Penalty Alex Curran scores a penalty for Colne


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77:00 Sub On
Connor Hughes is substituted on for Colne
77:00 Sub Off
Mamadou Djabi is substituted off for Colne
70:00 Sub On
Brad Lynch is substituted on for Colne
70:00 Sub Off
Josh Hine is substituted off for Colne
65:00 Sub On
Simon Nangle is substituted on for Colne
65:00 Sub Off
Bradley Knox is substituted off for Colne
60:00 Yellow Card
Alex Curran is yellow carded for Colne
50:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Alex Curran scores a penalty for Colne
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Bradley Knox is yellow carded for Colne
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Kidsgrove Athletic
  • Colne
  • 0
  • Bradley Knox Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Alex Curran Scored Penalty 50:00'
  • Alex Curran Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Simon Nangle Sub On 65:00'
  • Bradley Knox Sub Off 65:00'
  • Brad Lynch Sub On 70:00'
  • Josh Hine Sub Off 70:00'
  • Connor Hughes Sub On 77:00'
  • Mamadou Djabi Sub Off 77:00'

Team selection

Burton, Hakan Burton, Hakan
Coleman, Alexander Coleman, Alexander
Priestley, Billy Priestley, Billy
Djabi, Mamadou Djabi, Mamadou
Makinson, Matty Makinson, Matty
Poscha, Marcus Poscha, Marcus
Hine, Josh Hine, Josh
Knox, Bradley Knox, Bradley
Curran, Alex Curran, Alex
Wood, Oliver Wood, Oliver
Baker, Richie Baker, Richie

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Atherton Collieries 38 82
2. Radcliffe FC 38 75
3. Leek Town 38 74
4. Colne 38 73
5. Ramsbottom United 38 72
6. Runcorn Linnets 38 72
7. Prescot Cables 38 69

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