Reds Earn a Point at Mossley
By Dave Priestley
Colne earned a valuable point with a hard fought draw at Mossley on Saturday in a game of two contrasting halves
The Reds dominated the opening half but came under pressure in the second period as they fought to keep out a resurgent Mossley attack.
Colne started brightly and pressed forward in the opening stages with Billy Priestley lending his height to the attack at a series of set pieces. Reece Webb-Foster came close after six minutes when he shot narrowly wide from Josh Hine’s cross into the home penalty area. One minute later Alex Curran’s free kick was blocked by Mossley’s defensive wall as Colne kept up the pressure.
After 12 minutes Curran released Webb- Foster with a superb through ball but he chose to pass the ball instead of shooting and the home defence cleared what looked a great goal-scoring opportunity. Brad Lynch’s cross found Hine at the far post but his header was well held by Mossley keeper Josh Ollerenshaw under the bar and Colne came close again on 20 minutes when a half clearance fell to Lynch in the penalty area and his goalbound shot struck a team-mate in the goalmouth before being cleared.
At the other end, Hakan Burton made a good save to deny Mike Fish with his close range shot on the turn. But Colne continued to dominate the play and were continually frustrated as the home side tightened up on their defensive play.
Mossley emerged for the second half with more attacking ideas and tested the Reds defence with a series of high crosses into the goalmouth with Adam Jones heading just over the bar from a high cross after 51 minutes.
Colne still worked hard looking to create a chance of their own at the other end and Webb-Foster’s speculative long shot over the keeper flew just wide of the home goal after 55 minutes. But Andy Keogh came close with a shot just over the Colne bar and Burton did well to save at the feet of Godwin Abadaki as he chased a through ball into the area.
Colne defended well but after 78 minutes a high cross reached the head of Max Leonard and his powerful header looked destined for the net before Burton made a superb save diving to his left to turn the ball round the post.
In the closing stages, both sides looked for a winner and Marcus Poscha saw his shot saved by Ollerenshaw while at the other end, Leonard lifted his shot over the bar from another shooting chance.
Honours ended even for two sides competing for a place in the play-offs and the result gives cause for optimism as the Reds made it six games without defeat.