Colne Work Hard For The Win
By Dave Priestley
Colne collected another three points with a workmanlike display against strugglers Kendal Town at the Sovereign Play Stadium on Saturday.
The visitors gave a good account of themselves and it needed a late goal by the Reds to make the points safe and settle the nerves.
Colne began the game brightly with a series of promising attacks and Matty Morgan shot wide from a good opening after only three minutes before Billy Priestley’s header flew just past the post from Marcus Poscha’s high cross. And the Reds came close again when Morgan’s cross was headed down by Oliver Wood for Alex Curran to blast a shot just wide of goal.
A great chance fell to Wood after 13 minutes when Brad Lynch’s low cross reached him in the goalmouth but again the final shot flew wide of goal. But at the other end, Kendal began to threaten and Jordan Tucker saw his shot blocked in the Colne penalty area and Kyle Delves fired high over the bar from another opening.
But Colne continued to stretch the visitors defence and Lynch crashed a volley against the post after 22 minutes from Curran’s cross. And in a subsequent attack Patel’s goal-bound shot was cleared from the area by a defender with the keeper out of his goal.
The Reds made the breakthrough after 28 minutes when Curran’s run released Lynch on the left who cut into the area and found the net with a deflected shot past the keeper to give Colne the lead.
Five minutes before half time, Colne doubled their lead when Priestley’s high cross from the bye line was headed home at the far post by Wood with the keeper stranded at the near post.
In the second half Kendal staged a fight back and tested the Colne defence with some dangerous attacks. Ryan Moore fired just over the crossbar after 52 minutes and Waqas Azam made a vital clearance from the Colne goalmouth shortly after.
At the other end, Morgan saw his shot turned over the bar by Kendal keeper Joao Mendes but as Kendal continued to look for a goal Colne keeper Hakan Burton needed to make a good save at his near post from a close range shot by Delves.And after 65 minutes, the visitors reduced the deficit when Colne lost the ball in midfield and Daniel Keenan raced away and scored with a low shot past Burton to give Kendal fresh hope at 2-1.
Colne looked to restore their two goal advantage but struggled to find a way through the visitors defence and some long range shooting was off target. But after 77 minutes, Morgan’s cross was met by Curran and Mendes could only block his well struck shot before Mamadou Djabi followed up to fire home the loose ball from close range and settle the Reds nerves as they played out the game for a deserved win.
This was not Colne’s best performance but another three points gained which may prove invaluable at the end of the season.