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Atherton Collieries
Full time
J Hine (76'), A Curran (86')
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 402

Late Winner for the Reds at Colls


Colne faced their toughest test so far this season with a trip to league leaders Atherton Collieries on Saturday but came away with the three points despite going a goal behind on the hour.

The Reds once again matched their opponents with some great midfield play and had keeper Hakan Burton in great form between the sticks.

Atherton made the better start and threatened with some good attacks in the opening stages but their shooting failed to trouble Burton. Colne settled into the game after the first 15 minutes and began to find gaps in the home defence with Alex Curran and Mamadou Djabi making good runs up front and Brad Lynch in space on the left wing.

The Reds came within a whisker of taking the lead after 20 minutes when Lee Pugh’s long throw into the area was headed down at the near post and Atherton twice cleared the ball off the goal-line in a goalmouth scramble. Colne continued to build some good attacks and came close again on the half hour when Josh Hine released Djabi for a run into the area but his finishing shot flashed wide of the post with only the keeper to beat. Four minutes later, Curran fired just wide from the edge of the area in a good period for the Reds.

At the other end, Alex Coleman made a great tackle to rescue the situation as Gareth Peet burst into the Colne area on a run down the left wing and Connor Hughes shot over the bar after a dangerous build-up by Ben Hardcastle and Connor Gaul. With half time approaching, Oliver Roberts forced a good save from Burton to push his goal bound shot round the post and keep the scoresheet blank at half time.

As the second half began, Ian Rowlands missed a great chance for the home side when he headed wide at the far post from a searching cross. But it was Rowlands who gave Colls the lead after 63 minutes when a corner kick was headed down in the Colne goalmouth and he fired home with a low shot to give his side the lead.

Colne looked for a quick reply but Waqas Azam’s diagonal ball went begging across the Atherton penalty area when it only needed a touch. Another long throw by Pugh created danger in the Colls goalmouth as Oliver Wood headed the ball down for Curran but Peet cleared the ball from the six yard box.

As play switched to the other end, Hardcastle found space in the Colne penalty area and forced a great save from Burton with his goal bound shot. But when Curran forced a corner for the Reds, Richie Baker’s cross was headed down by Billy Priestley in the Colls area for Hine to score with a shot on the turn in a crowded goalmouth to bring the scores level at 1-1 on 76 minutes.

Colls looked to restore their lead and a pile driver by Tom Bentham forced another great save from Burton to keep the ball out of the Colne net. And Burton was again in action to push Hardcastle’s diagonal shot round the post for a corner.

With four minutes left, it was Colne who scored next when Lynch supplied an inviting cross from the left wing and Curran volleyed the ball into the back of the net from close range to grab a dramatic late winning goal for the Reds.

Key moments

Goal Josh Hine scores for Colne
Goal Alex Curran scores for Colne


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86:00 Goal 0 - 2
Alex Curran scores for Colne
83:00 Sub Off
Richie Baker is substituted off for Colne
83:00 Sub On
Simon Nangle is substituted on for Colne
76:00 Goal 0 - 1
Josh Hine scores for Colne
75:00 Sub On
Matty Morgan is substituted on for Colne
75:00 Sub Off
Waqas Azam is substituted off for Colne
61:00 Sub On
Oliver Wood is substituted on for Colne
61:00 Sub Off
Mamadou Djabi is substituted off for Colne
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Atherton Collieries
  • Colne
  • 0
  • Oliver Wood Sub On 61:00'
  • Mamadou Djabi Sub Off 61:00'
  • Matty Morgan Sub On 75:00'
  • Waqas Azam Sub Off 75:00'
  • Josh Hine Goal 76:00'
  • Simon Nangle Sub On 83:00'
  • Richie Baker Sub Off 83:00'
  • Alex Curran Goal 86:00'

Team selection

Burton, Hakan Burton, Hakan
Azam, Waqas Azam, Waqas
Coleman, Alexander Coleman, Alexander
Lynch, Brad Lynch, Brad
Priestley, Billy Priestley, Billy
Pugh, Lee Pugh, Lee
Hine, Josh Hine, Josh
Poscha, Marcus Poscha, Marcus
Curran, Alex Curran, Alex
Djabi, Mamadou Djabi, Mamadou
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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