Valuable Point for the Reds at Leek
By Dave Priestley
Colne earned a valuable point when they travelled to in form side Leek Town on Saturday and with any luck would have come away with a win.
The Reds dominated the game for long periods but were denied a goal by some solid defending by the home side.
Colne took the game to their opponents in the early stages and Josh Hine released Mamadou Djabi for a run into the penalty area from the right wing but his shot was turned round the post with a good save from Leek keeper Danny Roberts. As the Reds kept up the pressure, further chances fell to Alex Curran on the edge of the penalty area and his diagonal shot clipped the outside of the far post with Roberts beaten.
At the other end, rare attacks by Leek were easily dealt with by the Colne defence and as the Reds continued to press, Brad Knox had shots blocked in the home penalty area. The Reds were controlling midfield and dictating the play and on the half hour came close again with a great chance when a cross into the home goalmouth found Djabi whose close range effort was blocked and Billy Priestley’s follow-up was well saved by Roberts.
Leek staged a period of attacking play with half time approaching and Alex Coleman made a series of vital clearances as Jordan Johnson and Robert Stevenson threatened with good runs into the Reds penalty area. And Aaron Bott headed over the Colne bar from a dangerous cross after 40 minutes.
But Colne still threatened at the other end as Richie Baker and Hine linked in midfield to release Brad Lynch for a run on goal and a shot which was turned wide for a corner.
Leek began the second half on the front foot with Marc Grocott and Charlie Walford threatening with shots from outside the Colne area, while at the other end, Waqas Azam’s shot had Roberts scrambling to hold on to the ball in his six yard box.
On the hour, Lynch’s high cross from the left wing reached Priestley at the far post and his header back across the goal looked to be heading for the net but was headed off the line with the Reds claiming a goal in a dramatic incident.
After 66 minutes at the other end, Walford went down under a challenge as he made a run into the Colne area but as the home supporters howled for a penalty, the referee booked the player for diving. Leek came back with a period of pressure with substitute Scott Lycett looking threatening in their attack but the Colne defence held firm with some great defensive tackles.
In the closing stages, Colne continued to look for a winner and Baker’s high cross to the far post looked for Ollie Wood but Roberts punched the ball off his head to deny the Reds striker. And from the resulting corner, Baker blasted the half clearance over the bar in a crowded goalmouth.
Manager Steve Cunningham was more than pleased with his team and Colne will look to push on from this performance when they meet Kendal Town at home next Saturday.